Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A passionately committed environmental activist unearths China's criminal, ongoing policy of resource extraction."
A grim, relentless exposé of the plundering of Tibet's natural resources by China. Read full book review >
PALESTINE SPEAKS by Mateo Hoke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A sympathetic view of Palestinians not to be mistaken for objective reporting."
An oral history of life in Gaza and the West Bank, obtained through interviews conducted over a period of nearly four years, lets a diversity of Palestinians speak their minds about their situations. Read full book review >

THE GOOD WAR by Jack Fairweather
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A thorough, elegant reassessment of America's 'irresistible illusion.'"
A reconsideration of "how the world's most powerful leaders plotted to build a new kind of nation in Afghanistan that was pure fantasy." Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS by William J. Kelly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A powerful warning that 'a growing cloud of toxins aloft [are] swirling in the winds around the world' and recirculating the pollution we hoped to shed."
A scathing denunciation of how America outsourced its industrial capacity to China, a package that included catastrophic pollution. Read full book review >
THE RESILIENCE DIVIDEND by Judith Rodin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A convincing argument that becoming resilient is not only possible, but essential; food for thought for all and especially recommended for community leaders."
A revealing examination of the anatomy of resilience, the capacity to withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Read full book review >

WHY WE LOST by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"With vigorous, no-nonsense prose and an impressive clarity of vision, this general does not mince blame in this chronicle of failure."
A former commander of advisory teams in Iraq and Afghanistan offers historical perspective and a forthright breakdown of the failure of those conflicts. Read full book review >
THE STRANGER by Chuck Todd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Without much hard news that hasn't been written about elsewhere and not the equal of David Remnick's The Bridge (2010) in literary merit. Yet, both timely and pragmatic, this book is sure to attract attention."
A biography of the sitting president, who, by the author's account, would rather be anywhere but Washington, D.C.—or at least, doing anything but practicing politics as usual. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not always cohesive, but the stylish rendering of the Russian culture, which both attracts and appalls the author, will keep the reader captivated."
Everything you know about Russia is wrong, according to this eye-opening, mind-bending memoir of a TV producer caught between two cultures. Read full book review >
@WAR by Shane Harris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-researched overview made less engaging by an uncritical stance and jargon-heavy approach."
Sprawling account of how the U.S. military joined forces with the National Security Agency to develop "cyber warfare" capabilities, monitoring America's enemies and its citizens alike. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN TO ZERO DAY by Kim Zetter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Governments, hackers and parties unknown are launching ticking computer time bombs every day, all coming to a laptop near you. Zetter's well-paced study offers a sharp account of past mischief and a glimpse of things to come."
Iran's nuclear program spills out into the world's computers in this true techno-whodunit by Wired senior reporter Zetter.Read full book review >
THE NEW CENSORSHIP by Joel Simon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not so much a powerful reading experience as an attempt to influence international policy."
As the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Columbia Journalism Review and Slate contributor Simon (Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge, 1997) has a worthy agenda, which he advances here in a manner devoid of both sensationalism and much literary flair.Read full book review >
NAVY SEALS by Dick Couch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Entertaining, no-nonsense balancing of legends and martial reality."
Developmental narrative of the esteemed Navy SEALs, co-written by a former member. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >