Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM by Timothy Snyder
Released: April 3, 2018

"A highly distressing, urgent alarm to awaken Americans to the peril of authoritarianism."
How Russia's campaign to undermine democracies threatens the European Union and the United States. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A useful, reasonable work of civilian policy analysis sure to invite discussion and even controversy."
A sort-of-liberal, sort-of-conservative argument for a secure southern border, served up by investor and philanthropist Buffett (40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

Released: April 3, 2018

"Provocative and deftly argued, Pastor's book reminds us that the future is unwritten and that it always has deep roots in, and connections to, the past."
A look at the recent history of California and what it may mean for the future of the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A memoir that makes palpable the immense influence of an organization that has improved so many women's lives."
The president of Planned Parenthood recounts her life as an activist. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An insistently hopeful, fact-based booster shot for a doomsaying, world-weary population."
An influential thought leader puts a positive spin on global awareness. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 2018

"A book that suggests that doing whatever you can is better than doing nothing."
Humanizing the crisis of climate change helps a science educator see at least a ray of hope while sounding the alarm. Read full book review >
THE BEEKEEPER by Dunya Mikhail
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"All but true believers suffer under Daesh, Mikhail makes abundantly clear—but especially women. A powerful study."
An Iraqi journalist and poet long resident in New York returns to her native country to chronicle the misfortunes of Yazidi women under the rule of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"A valuable book from a sensible centrist who writes with great knowledge and good humor."
Blinder (Economics and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.; After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead, 2013, etc.) argues that economists and politicians often talk past one another. Read full book review >
THE LIST by Amy Siskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An astonishing roster, documenting history as it is being made and democracy as it is being unmade."
A Homeric catalog, in numbered lists, of all the wrongs the current occupant of the White House has done unto the republic. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Enough time has passed for some of Kaplan's forecasts to develop cracks—e.g., China has not yet stumbled—but much rings true, and all are presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years."
The veteran political affairs journalist returns with a collection of essays that have been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and other venues. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S."
After becoming a victim of unhinged anti-Semitic hatred, trolled and cyberstalked by fringe-right bigots, a journalist delivers his forceful response. Read full book review >
THE JUSTICE OF CONTRADICTIONS by Richard L. Hasen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Recommended particularly for attorneys and other legal professionals who can appreciate, analyze, and critique the author's viewpoint for themselves."
An influential legal commentator grapples with the jurisprudential legacy of Antonin Scalia (1936-2016). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >