Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

TROUBLE IN THE TRIBE by Dov Waxman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2016

"A meticulous, precise, well-organized survey that takes into account the many different views and will certainly facilitate the heated conversation."
An examination of how American Jews' relationship with Israel has moved from unconditional support to critical engagement. Read full book review >
ISIS by Fawaz A. Gerges
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2016

"A specific, timely, well-rendered exegesis of the unfolding global threat."
A thorough survey of the genesis of the Islamic State, from al-Qaida wannabe to lethal caliphate. Read full book review >

THE GREAT ACCELERATION by Robert Colvile
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2016

"A familiar argument but with interesting twists and a rosier forecast than many other books of social/technological criticism."
A well-paced consideration of the effects of technology on lives made ever busier by it—and whipping by in a whirlwind as a result. Read full book review >
THE HUNT FOR MAAN SINGH by Hipólito Acosta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2016

"Certainly flawed but moderately informative and entertaining."
The account of two Immigration and Naturalization Service officers who helped bring down a human trafficking operation that spanned the globe. Read full book review >
A RAGE FOR ORDER by Robert F. Worth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 26, 2016

"A crucial portrait of a deeply troubled region."
How the Arab Spring, begun in hope, has resulted in despair. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An eye-opening trip behind the political scene demonstrating how showbiz helped money wreck our political landscape. If you enjoy the TV show Veep, you'll enjoy this book."
How the methods of show business took over presidential election campaigns—and how political candidates have paid the price. Read full book review >
THIRST FOR POWER by Michael E. Webber
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 26, 2016

"A wide-ranging, nuanced view of difficult but important issues that require serious consideration at every level, from policymakers, opinion shapers, and educators down to everyday citizens."
An exploration of the link between impending global water and power shortages. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 26, 2016

"Focused, committed, convincing, and composed in moderate language that will appeal to those all along the political continuum."
Two political scientists argue that our Constitution, perhaps suitable for the late 18th century, no longer works well. Read full book review >
THE NEW ARAB WARS by Marc Lynch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 26, 2016

"An excellent, clear distillation of recent events in the Middle East."
A keen observer of the violent upheaval in the Middle East since the Arab Spring makes a strong assertion: there is no returning to the old autocratic ways. Read full book review >
DETROIT RESURRECTED by Nathan Bomey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 25, 2016

"An engaging reconstruction of Detroit's financial crisis and the broader implications of its comeback for other American cities."
A chronicle of the infamous bankruptcy of the Motor City, from financial mismanagement to rebirth. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A well-documented, brave, and useful overview."
A journey through the Middle East in the post-Arab Spring landscape. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 19, 2016

"Levelheaded advice for students and parents on the best path to take from high school to employment."
A guide to help "dispel our fears about life after college." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >