Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

THE ENVOY by Zalmay Khalilzad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A chronological, straightforward, occasionally disturbing history of the challenges leading to the current morass."
A Middle East adviser recounts the role of the United States in the region over the past three decades. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A revealing and stirring directive aiming to heal medicine from the inside out."
A career physician ponders the positive and negative aspects of how health care reform is transforming the delivery of care and the medical profession itself. Read full book review >

THE WAY OF THE GUN by Iain Overton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 22, 2016

"A passionate mix of rhetoric and travelogue, Overton's book takes the gun debate into impressive new territory."
In Overton's first book, the British journalist travels the globe to see how the logic of the Second Amendment has affected people beyond America's borders. Read full book review >
PUTIN COUNTRY by Anne Garrels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"A collection of scrupulous, timely journalistic portraits."
Narrative snapshots over several decades of a Russia riven by contradictions, aspirations, and entrenched defenses. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Although academic and largely unspecific, the book offers much fodder for the running debate about America's role in the world."
Understanding the naïve, distorted prism through which the United States views the rest of the world. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Witty and engaging, this book simultaneously celebrates and challenges spiritual traditions."
In this evenhanded book, Wexler (Boston Univ. School of Law; Tuttle in the Balance, 2015, etc.) chronicles his travels around the world in search of spiritual practices that threaten environmental stewardship.Read full book review >
WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE by Ryan Gravel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 15, 2016

"An uplifting story about what people can accomplish working for a common purpose they make their own."
An autobiographical account of the reclamation of Atlanta's Beltline and its potential contribution to building a new urban culture for this century. Read full book review >
LISTEN, LIBERAL by Thomas Frank
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2016

"A hard-hitting analysis that may leave readers confused by the author's ambivalent, punches-pulling conclusion."
How the party of the working class has switched its focus to well-heeled professionals, more concerned with social issues than economic inequality. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2016

"A lengthy manifesto for AMCAP that lays out a vision for an ascendant black America."
Rempson (Minority Access to Higher Education In N.Y. City, 1972) examines what he sees as the root causes of education and economic-mobility gaps that affect African-American males.Read full book review >
INEQUALITY by James K. Galbraith
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 10, 2016

"An arguable thesis, perhaps, but an evenhanded view of a topic generating much heat."
Economist Galbraith (Univ. of Texas; The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth, 2014, etc.) ventures an anti-Pikettian view of the sharply divisive fact that not all wallets are created equal. Read full book review >
WHEN WOMEN WIN by Ellen R. Malcolm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"An inspiring portrait of a gutsy activist who produced a transformation in the political landscape."
The history of a defiant movement to elect women. Read full book review >
UNTIL WE ARE FREE by Shirin Ebadi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"The captivating and candid story of a woman who took on the Iranian government and survived, despite every attempt to make her fail."
A leading activist speaks out about inequality and injustices in Iran. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >