Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An engaging critique that sees the two-party system as the source of the United States' political travails."
A political treatise that laments how America's democracy inadequately represents its citizens and calls for the creation of a third party.In his debut effort, Moon catalogs a host of familiar ailments that he believes currently infect the body politic, including corruption, fiscal irresponsibility, a chronically underperforming educational system, monumental debt and partisan stalemates. Read full book review >
NO HERO by Mark Owen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2014

"Simple, well-told stories that will interest general readers and certainly anyone contemplating a career in special operations."
Following up his best-seller No Easy Day (2012), about the killing of Osama bin Laden, former Navy SEAL Owen offers some life lessons drawn from his training and service. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Quietly uplifting reading."
A socially conscious Episcopalian priest's account of how and why she started the Thistle Stop Café, a Nashville teahouse that employs females recovering from violence and drug abuse. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A rah-rah effort that will appeal to fans of military histories and those who have close contact with the courageous soldiers who put their lives on the line."
An upbeat book about contemporary military veterans, the men and women of America who are "brave enough to assume the ultimate risk so that others could live." Read full book review >
LESSONS OF HOPE by Joel Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A skillful account of how Klein maneuvered between parent and teacher concerns and city politics to transform the city's education system."
News Corp. executive vice president Klein gives an accounting of the remaking of New York City's school system during his eight-year term as chancellor. Read full book review >

NO MAN'S LAND by Elizabeth D. Samet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Both the incisiveness and the perspective—of a civilian professor and the military students she loves and mourns—enrich readers' appreciation for the psychological complexities of war and its aftermath."
A singular mix of literary criticism and memoir from a West Point English professor who helps plebes mold the mindset that prepares future officers for war. Read full book review >
LONE STAR NATION by Richard Parker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"For Parker, as Texas goes, so will go America. It is up to readers to decide just how assured they are by this conclusion."
A crisp assessment of fast-changing Texas' recent past, present and future. Read full book review >
WORTH FIGHTING FOR by Rory Fanning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Fanning's dedication to the cause is admirable, but readers are left wondering how the author thought he would change the world by walking across the country."
An Army Ranger-turned-conscientious objector pays tribute to a fallen comrade with a walk across America. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Historical prognostication has a dismal record, but readers will find it difficult to put down this fascinating addition to the 'rise and fall of nations' genre."
Geopolitics, the influence of geography on nations, made the United States great and will keep it there, writes the author of this ingenious, optimistic overview of America's superpower status. Read full book review >
OVERRULED by Damon Root
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An intriguing account of judicial and economic policy reflecting controversies within conservatism over civil rights and other issues."
Explaining why Justice John Roberts' surprising support for the Affordable Care Act remains within the bounds of conservative jurisprudence is the takeoff point for Reason senior editor Root in this exploration of how a 150-year-old political and legal conflict has shaped the country.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This remarkable memoir serves as a moving examination of the complex forces of ethnicity, nationality and history that shape one's sense of self and foster, threaten or fray the fragile tapestry of community."
A young Armenian-American journalist examines her identity and personal history. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An intensive, potent profile of contemporary digital activism at its most unsettling—and most effective."
A fresh perspective on the covert, crusading Internet activist group Anonymous. 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 >