Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

THE BEGINNING AND END OF RAPE by Sarah Deer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An incisive and imperative academic study."
A blunt, trenchant exposé on the history and impact of sexual violence on indigenous tribal nations. Read full book review >
WAKING UP FROM WAR by Joseph Bobrow
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A sincere, prescriptive text on a vital subject that deserves a stronger treatment."
A practitioner of diverse palliative arts considers the towering problem of war-inflicted trauma on military members, their families, and the community. Read full book review >

GRUMPY OLD PARTY by Constantinos E. Scaros
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 29, 2015

"A bold book aimed at Republicans that could be profitably read by Democrats as well."
A blueprint shows how the Republican Party can woo millennial voters and regain its relevance. Read full book review >
LIGHTS OUT by Ted Koppel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Koppel's case for the cyberthreat is strong; government officials seem (perhaps justifiably) preoccupied by other matters, or clueless, or both."
Award-winning journalist and longtime Nightline anchor Koppel (Off Camera: Private Thoughts Made Public, 2000, etc.) sounds the alarm over the likelihood of a devastating cyberattack on the infrastructure of the United States.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"American readers might not be as eager as Kasparov to return to Cold War policies or commit the troops that might heat it up."
Though still best known as a master chess player, Kasparov (How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom, 2007, etc.) continues his campaign as an anti-Putin warrior.Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Winchester's passionate research—on sea and land—undergirds this superb analysis of a world wonder that we seem hellbent on damaging."
The preternaturally curious writer about everything from the Oxford English Dictionary to volcanoes to the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) returns with a series of high-resolution literary snapshots of the Pacific Ocean.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A courageous tale of physical and mental endurance sure to bring to further light conditions in North Korea."
One woman's life in, and desperate escape from, North Korea. Read full book review >
CHARLIE MIKE by Joe Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"The compelling story of a continuing mission, rendered with sympathy and verisimilitude."
A savvy political observer presents his report on some veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan after they return home. Read full book review >
RAW DEAL by Steven Hill
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A provocative, remedy-based perspective on the joint complexities of economic stability and ever expanding technology."
San Francisco-based veteran journalist Hill (Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age, 2010) examines the degenerative influences of technology businesses on the national economy.Read full book review >
NO SUCH THING AS A FREE GIFT by Linsey McGoey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Picking up the cudgels wielded by Ida Tarbell and her fellow trustbusters, McGoey produces a startling report."
McGoey (Sociology/Univ. of Essex) probes the business motivations of contemporary philanthropic organizations. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WILL by Bobby Jindal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Anyone following Jindal's campaign will find nothing new, and much repeated, in this perfunctory book."
Louisiana governor and Republican presidential candidate Jindal shares the tenets of his presidential campaign. Read full book review >
A FIELD PHILOSOPHER'S GUIDE TO FRACKING by Adam Briggle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"Goliath takes it right between the eyes in this unique take on the convoluted politics, science, and cultural issues at stake regarding fracking."
Out of the university and into the streets, Briggle (Philosophy/Univ. of North Texas) brings the practice of "field philosophy" to the question of whether fracking is feckless or feasible. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >