Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A worthy primer on the science of comprehending language at the visible, symbolic level of print, a place that requires plenty of brain power and years of practice to navigate."
Johnny can't read—and too often his teachers can only guess why. Read full book review >
EUROPE'S LAST CHANCE by Guy Verhofstadt
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A proper diagnosis, likely some good medicine, delivered with an unfortunate bedside manner."
With the entire European project severely threatened, Belgium's former prime minister offers a prescription to save the European Union. Read full book review >

THE BIG STICK by Eliot A. Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An argument, likely to fall on sympathetic ears in Washington, that when it comes to power and armaments, more is better."
Talk is cheap, but a fleet of aircraft carriers and plenty of nukes—that's something. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A useful handbook for understanding the current status of the U.S. in global affairs."
A foreign policy insider parses American diplomatic theories and practices overseas. Read full book review >
CIVILIANIZED by Michael Anthony
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An intense memoir that could have been more fully fleshed out."
A young war veteran tells the story of how his tour in Iraq left him unable to cope with day-to-day civilian life. Read full book review >

DEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT by John Nixon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An intelligent and readable postscript to the Iraq War that will be valuable for future historians."
A report on the CIA's interrogation of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (1937-2006). Read full book review >
Blue News by Lance LoRusso
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A perceptive work provides practical and timely suggestions for improving communication after critical incidents such as officer-involved shootings."
A police officer-turned-attorney examines the relationship between law enforcement and the media. Read full book review >
RATIONING EARTH by Herb Bentz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"An original take on the economics of resource conservation."
A radical, ecologically minded proposal to meet the future challenges of an increasingly productive but still unsustainable economy. Read full book review >
COUNTER JIHAD by Brian Glyn Williams
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A refreshingly nonpolemical work that walks through the benumbing stages of war and response to the present Islamic State group problem."
A reasonable, step-by-step look back at the war on terror that aims to dispel misconceptions held by a younger generation. Read full book review >
AGAINST EMPATHY by Paul Bloom
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An intriguing counterattack to modern psychological cynicism."
The potential of empathy to lead to cruelty prompts Bloom (Psychology/Yale Univ.; Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, 2013, etc.) to promote the function of compassion, which is informed by rational deliberation. Read full book review >
WHIPLASH by Joi Ito
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This exhilarating and authoritative book actually makes sense of our incredibly fast-paced, high-tech society. A standout among titles on technology and innovation, it will repay reading—and rereading—by leaders in all fields."
Two cybergurus offer a "user's manual to the twenty-first century." Read full book review >
UNPRECEDENTED by Thomas Lake
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An early, vivid re-creation. Readers seeking great depth and understanding will have to look elsewhere."
CNN's photo-and-text account of the 2016 presidential election. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >