Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

THE AGE OF JIHAD by Patrick Cockburn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A compelling series of dispatches from a journalist who has learned the hard golden rule in Iraq: 'to forecast the worst possible outcome.'"
A veteran British war journalist offers a diary of events on the ground from the overthrow of the Taliban to the rise of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A nuanced, forthright, emotionally compelling take on a painful subject."
How family dynamics can reflect racial prejudices in society as a whole. Read full book review >

THINGS THAT CAN AND CANNOT BE SAID by Arundhati Roy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Offered as an antidote to the propaganda, this book will mainly preach to the choir."
If politics makes strange bedfellows, this season isn't likely to see a more unlikely collaboration of co-authors than the Indian novelist and the American actor. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A delightfully witty, enjoyable read."
A Brit living in the United States exposes the dark side of the happiness business in her adopted country. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Up-and-down humor that sometimes gets to the heart of the realities of being black in America."
A black female comedian lays it all out there. Read full book review >

THE JOINT VENTURED NATION by Edward Goldberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Goldberg's writing occasionally plods, and his lengthy quotations from other sources become tiresome, but he does offer some provocative ideas for policymakers."
A global economics consultant debuts with an analysis of the failure of American foreign policy to adapt to the new realities of an interconnected world. Read full book review >
THE HOSTAGE'S DAUGHTER by Sulome Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A middling book, much of it a footnote to an event that's already well-receded into history, even though it is part of a larger conflict still unfolding."
A firsthand view of conflict in the Middle East. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW WEED by Joe Dolce
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"While the book is best taken with a certain amount of skepticism, it offers an entertaining and informative overview of the latest changes in cannabis production and consumption."
A journey through the "brave new—and yet at the same time, ancient—world" of weed. Read full book review >
TO BE ISRAELI by Yair Lapid
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"By turns gloomy, patriotic, defensive, and gracious, Lapid's reflective tone will both resonate with and arouse the ire of many."
Short essays on a changing, vilified Israeli identity. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society."
The tragic stories of 10 kids killed by gunfire. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A first-rate history filled with revealing incidents and informed analysis."
A 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge chronicles the centurieslong push/pull between the executive and the legislative branches over the conduct of America's wars. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF ISAIAS by Daniel Connolly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A story of one child of illegal immigrants that has much wider, timely resonance."
Being a child of Hispanic immigrants in modern America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >