Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

WE ARE AFGHAN WOMEN by George W. Bush Presidential Center
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A galvanizing collection of a traumatized population learning to believe in itself."
A compilation of committed Afghan women voices that underscores the great advances made in women's lives and the arduous job still ahead. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by Óscar Martínez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Smart, angry immersive journalism from an author who warrants wider readership on this side of the border."
Hard-hitting exploration of the violence visited by globalization and the narco-economy upon Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Read full book review >

STREETFIGHT by Janette Sadik-Khan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 8, 2016

"An impressive tactical look back at an urban redevelopment pioneer who changed the look and manageability of countless New York City streets."
A former New York City transportation commissioner maps out her adroit street design blueprint for alleviating traffic congestion and improving urban aesthetics. Read full book review >
CONSPIRACIES OF THE RULING CLASS by Lawrence B. Lindsey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Good bedside reading for the Republican primaries."
A diatribe against big, bloated government. Read full book review >
THE END OF KARMA by Somini Sengupta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2016

"A compelling portrait of what will soon be the world's most populous nation, one on the verge of great change—for better or worse."
India's young population is growing dramatically, writes Indian-American journalist Sengupta—and it's growing impatient with the roadblocks its elders have erected. Read full book review >

THE WAYS OF THE WORLD by David Harvey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 2, 2016

"The dense doses of Marxist theory will be fairly unapproachable to readers not well-versed with the socialist thinker, but Harvey writes clearly, leading to understanding, albeit only with intense concentration and perhaps multiple readings."
Harvey (Anthropology and Geography/CUNY Graduate Center; Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, 2014, etc.) employs the theories of Karl Marx to explain the genesis of political and economic problems in nations relying on private markets.Read full book review >
HOPE FOR A COOL PILLOW by Margaret Overton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"A timely, informed contribution to the ongoing debate over our nation's health care policies."
A moving argument for the reform of end-of-life care. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2016

"The authors are necessarily forceful, and they offer a well-written must-read for those ready to give up hope about politics and government in the United States."
An examination of how "the rapid proliferation of a system akin to oligarchy—within our own country—threatens to cripple our march forward." Read full book review >
BLUE IN A RED STATE by Justin Krebs
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"From Massachusetts and Florida to Montana and Alaska, with each chapter, both conservative and liberal readers will react strongly, but most will do nothing about it. Hopefully, however, the book will spur discussion and civic action."
Krebs (538 Ways to Live, Work, and Play Like a Liberal, 2010) seeks to paint a portrait of liberals living among the enemy, as it were, by choice.Read full book review >
THE MATH MYTH by Andrew Hacker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"Hacker's arguments may convince some anxious students and be welcomed by their parents, but the reaction from academics is sure to be mixed."
A lively argument against the assumption that if the United States is to stay competitive in a global economy, our students require advanced training in mathematics. Read full book review >
POWERING FORWARD by Bill Ritter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2016

"Ritter lacks the pizzazz of Sernovitz, who sees another kind of energy revolution taking place, but he presents arguments cleanly and forcefully."
An informative why-and-how book about preventing climate change by making the transition to clean energy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"At a time when American foreign policy often seems adrift, the authors' vigorous advocacy of a renewed clear-headed engagement with allies is a bracing contribution to discussions of this ongoing conundrum."
An indictment of America's neglect of its global web of alliances. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >