Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

WHO WE BE by Jeff Chang
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"An intriguing attempt at cutting through the dissonance of a series of changing cultural milieus."
Sprawling examination of how American society has responded to multiculturalism and demographic diversity. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A hugely depressing deep dive into the cesspit of money and politics."
The executive director of the Progressive Policy Institute explains how "politicians, donors, and fundraisers" have distorted our politics. Read full book review >

THE SEASONS OF TROUBLE by Rohini Mohan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Mohan demonstrates an accessible, engaging method of relaying a difficult, violent history."
Putting a human face on the 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka. Read full book review >
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Emotionally profound, necessary reading."
A distinguished NYU law professor and MacArthur grant recipient offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society. Read full book review >
KNIFE FIGHTS by John A. Nagl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"A thoughtful, lucid, not-terribly-optimistic autobiography of a scholarly soldier."
Nagl, a career officer and leading advocate for the Army's new counterinsurgency doctrine, delivers a lively memoir that combines battlefield experiences with military politics. Read full book review >

NATIONAL INSECURITY by David Rothkopf
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 18, 2014

"A sharp, immensely readable account of how we've arrived at this juncture and where matters stand as we anticipate the election of a new president."
A distinguished journalist and scholar looks at the shaping of America's national security and foreign policy for the past decade. Read full book review >
SUPERSTORM by Kathryn Miles
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A rogue storm dazzlingly caught in all its unprecedented bizarreness."
The strange and devastating life of Hurricane Sandy receives a fine, grim telling from Miles (English/Chatham Univ.; All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >
WITHOUT YOU, THERE IS NO US by Suki Kim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Directs the lights of emotion and intelligence on a country where ignorance is far from bliss."
A novelist and freelance journalist relates her experiences, both grim and gratifying, as an English teacher in a small North Korean university. Read full book review >
THE CHAIN by Ted Genoways
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The author tells a sad, horrifying story, a severe indictment of both corporate greed and consumer complacency."
A scathing report on the consequences of factory farming. Read full book review >
PRO by Katha Pollitt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Pollitt's cogent opinion presents potent testimony on a woman's right to choose."
A pro-choice proponent delivers a dramatic, persuasive argument for abortion. Read full book review >
SWIMMING WITH WARLORDS by Kevin Sites
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A somewhat nostalgic, still hopeful look at the residue of American intervention in Afghanistan, from a journalist who knows the terrain."
A prominent journalist embedded with the U.S. troops chasing the Taliban from Afghanistan in 2001 returns to observe the new facts on the ground. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >