Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The product of the author's retreat is mocking, sarcastic, paranoid, and nearly unbearable to all but the most hardened readers."
A brazen diatribe by conservative author, filmmaker, and convicted felon D'Souza (America: Imagine a World Without Her, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE GREAT SURGE by Steven Radelet
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"With strong global leadership, writes the author, these hopeful trends will continue. A good book for policymakers and readers interested in global current affairs."
An optimistic report on the unprecedented recent economic progress of the world's developing nations. Read full book review >

THE CON MEN by Terry Williams
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers."
Two sociology professors' survey of New York con artists and how these reviled but crafty opportunists manage to make a living in the city's informal economy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"High-quality advocacy certain to stir debate."
The president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute makes a convincing case that the slow pace of the Federal Drug Administration's development and approval process for new medications is needlessly costing lives. Read full book review >
THE COSMOPOLITES by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A slim but powerful book of great interest to students of international law and current events."
Swiss-Canadian-Iranian journalist Abrahamian looks closely at modern internationality and the legal liminality that can accompany it. Read full book review >

THE HEALTH GAP by Michael Marmot
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Marmot is more successful at delineating a social problem than at solving it, but he provides plenty of ammunition for those in position to tackle it."
A close look at the health gap between the richest and better educated and those below them on the socioeconomic scale. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A disturbing but necessary book."
An investigative reporter sheds light on a shocking decadeslong sex scandal at a prestigious New York prep school. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A gung-ho yarn of modern war that also clarifies the resilience of Afghanistan's tribal culture."
Pulpy retelling of a notable Afghan war flash point from the perspective of the Pashtun tribesman who saved wounded Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"As we head into the presidential primary season, Greenberg's book couldn't be timelier, more disturbing for the Republicans, or more challenging for those looking to lead the Democrats."
A prominent Democratic strategist and pollster lays out a reform agenda for the future. Read full book review >
THE NEW THREAT by Jason Burke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"General readers looking for a comprehensive guide to this serious global challenge will find this a rewarding, if sobering, read."
A concise summary of the background and present state of Islamic militancy. Read full book review >
THE PLANET REMADE by Oliver Morton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An important account of cutting-edge research that will fascinate serious readers and demand the attention of policymakers."
Economist briefings editor Morton (Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet, 2008, etc.) offers a calm, rational discussion of deliberate technological interventions to cool the planet's climate system.Read full book review >
POWER WARS by Charles Savage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A solid political exposé delivering news likely to please few—and certainly not the White House."
It costs $3 million per year to house a single prisoner at Guantánamo Bay and $30,000 per year to house a prisoner in a federal maximum security prison under similar conditions. Why, given that "spectacle of astronomical waste," hasn't Guantánamo been closed? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >