Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

THIEVES OF STATE by Sarah Chayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Scattershot but often insightful, disquieting reading for policymakers."
Former NPR reporter and current Carnegie Foundation associate Chayes (The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, 2006) offers an alarming account of the role played by acute government corruption in fostering violent extremism.Read full book review >
CULTURE CRASH by Scott Timberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Timberg's bibliographic essay cites many authors echoing his arguments; a more focused analysis and concrete solutions would have strengthened this book."
A journalist investigates the state of the arts. Read full book review >

THE TYRANNY OF THE MERITOCRACY by Lani Guinier
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Drawing on academic research and anecdotal evidence, the book makes a strong pedagogical case but is short on specifics as to how we get from here to there."
From admission standards to teaching philosophy, a renowned academic calls for a paradigm shift in higher education. Read full book review >
THE DOGS ARE EATING THEM NOW by Graeme Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A dragon awaits, in other words. Cheerless and even nightmarish, one of the best books yet about the war in Central Asia."
Think Afghanistan is bad now? Just wait until American forces leave entirely and the dragon rises again. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DREAMS by Marco Rubio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers will know what's coming before they turn the first page—no better or worse than the average politico prose; as to the contents, all will depend on point of view."
Florida senator and conservative hero Rubio (An American Son, 2012) hits the hustings to proclaim a—surprise—right-wing economic platform.Read full book review >

THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES by Courtney White
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though White presents no earth-shattering revelations (or solutions), readers will be engaged by his frank and thoughtful discussion of our modern environment."
A series of essays that explore some of the most pressing environmental challenges we face today and optimistically suggest some solutions. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An informative and enlightening appraisal of the regimented tests that American schoolchildren of all ages are subjected to taking on a regular basis."
New debates about the worthiness of standardized testing in schools. Read full book review >
LORDS OF SECRECY by Scott Horton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Big Brother is watching indeed. This useful book catches him in the act and even offers some thoughts on how to poke his eyes out."
An examination of the erosion of personal liberty accompanying the rise of the national security state. Read full book review >
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL by Jessica Neuwirth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Neuwirth makes a good case that ratification is the right thing to do, but her matter-of-fact style won't do much to rally the troops."
A legal manifesto to revive the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment. Read full book review >
A THEORY OF THE DRONE by Grégoire Chamayou
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Chamayou does land some good points in this rather arid exercise, but one would rather have a Camus than a Derrida on this point."
If you are what you eat, then you are also what you kill with. Q.E.D. Read full book review >
WHEN GLOBALIZATION FAILS by James Macdonald
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Sturdy, scholarly, sharply focused, closely reasoned."
The tattered history of the notion that free, international trade ensures the permanence of peace and the disappearance of war. Read full book review >
THE PATIENT WILL SEE YOU NOW by Eric Topol
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An expertly detailed, precisely documented exploration of the 'power of information and individualization' in health care."
A visionary physician predicts a technology-driven, patient-centered revolution in health care. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >