Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An optimistic view of the future economy—refreshing in that sense, but perhaps a touch too rosy, even if written with the dry detachment of an economist."
If you want to know how the rise of China is affecting your daily life, check the beer cooler. Read full book review >
SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC AMERICA by Lane Kenworthy
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Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"Recommended for policy wonks that accept the author's belief in the inevitable expansion of government social spending."
Can America adopt a Scandinavian-style social safety net? Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"While there have been numerous good works chronicling the revolution, this adds an emotional, personal layer to the myriad voices."
The Arab Revolution rendered in intimate vignettes from the young people organizing, demonstrating and suffering for their yearning for freedom. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"If Cohen's book can get more obese people onboard that aforementioned bus, perhaps the conversation can finally move forward."
What can be done about "the public health crisis of our time"? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"One open-hearted teacher's resistance to narrow definitions of identity."
A Boston teacher on Fulbright grants to Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain (pre-Arab Spring) provides surprising, elucidating insights into the Arab character. Read full book review >

NEWTOWN by Matthew Lysiak
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Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Lysiak hopes to "inform the debate" generated by the tragedy; it's been a year, and this harrowing book might be a reminder that the debate needs reviving."
Meticulous account of the Newtown massacre and its aftermath. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"An eye-opening political exposé of what has been described as the most dangerous country in the world."
Former Chilean ambassador to the United States Muñoz (The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet, 2008 etc.) reports on the investigation into the facts and circumstances of Benazir Bhutto's (1953-2007) assassination. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"This collection of documents and arguments makes a timely companion to current, ongoing political discussions."
Unable to "find a suitable book to use for a new class on emergency presidential power and the war on terror," Edelson (Government/American Univ.) wrote this one as a primer. Read full book review >
THE NEW DEMOCRATS AND THE RETURN TO POWER by Al From
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Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A well-detailed guide to the organizational and philosophical workings of one successful political strategy."
Democratic Leadership Council founder From provides a deep insider's view of the council's agenda-setting evolution and the guiding of Bill Clinton into the White House. Read full book review >
RENEWABLE by Jeremy  Shere
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"A solid overview of an important, often misunderstood topic."
A bright, accessible account of renewable energy and its role in our lives. Read full book review >
MY PROMISED LAND by Ari Shavit
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Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Thoughtful, sobering reflections on a seemingly intractable conflict."
Israel has betrayed its best, truest self, argues Haaretz journalist and peace activist Shavit in this wrenching dissection of the nation's past and present. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Thoughts on the Bollywood "dream machine" and what successful Indian émigrés in America can impart to those back home round out this clear, illuminating study for all readers, business and academic."
From the proficient team that put together Reimagining Japan comes another concise, timely compendium. Read full book review >