Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

THE REAPER by Nicholas Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A generic addition to the crowded shelf of post-9/11 special-ops memoirs."
Gung-ho account of a sniper's time in Afghanistan, focused on "the thrill, the rush, the smell of gunpowder in combat." Read full book review >
88 DAYS TO KANDAHAR by Robert L. Grenier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A catalog of occasional victories and constant missteps that is eye-opening, illuminating and maddening."
Former CIA officer Grenier delivers an action-packed tale, rich in implication, of the post-9/11 race to unseat the Taliban and rout al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city."
Los Angeles Times reporter and editor Leovy looks at the thinly veiled racist origins of violence in South Central LA. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"A hard-hitting kickoff to the 2016 election campaign."
A call to arms to defend Social Security from sneak attack. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CAMP DELTA by Joseph Hickman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A plainly told, unsettling corrective to the many jingoistic accounts of post-9/11 military action."
Disturbing account of abuse and secrecy at the Guantánamo Bay military prison, tied to the deaths of three detainees. Read full book review >

ONCE UPON A REVOLUTION by Thanassis Cambanis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A clear exposition and analysis of complex, swiftly changing events. The book gives readers cause to understand why we might support regime change in the Middle East, even if it brings instability and incoherence."
Smart, troubling study of the events surrounding Tahrir Square and their aftermath. Read full book review >
GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law."
A harrowing prison memoir, the first to date by an inmate who is behind bars at the Cuban penitentiary that has become a byword for an American gulag. Read full book review >
GOD, GUNS, GRITS, AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"More of the same from the outspoken Southerner."
More chuckly preaching from the former Arkansas governor and Fox News weekly show host. Read full book review >
THIEVES OF STATE by Sarah Chayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Scattershot but often insightful, disquieting reading for policymakers."
Former NPR reporter and current Carnegie Foundation associate Chayes (The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, 2006) offers an alarming account of the role played by acute government corruption in fostering violent extremism.Read full book review >
CULTURE CRASH by Scott Timberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Timberg's bibliographic essay cites many authors echoing his arguments; a more focused analysis and concrete solutions would have strengthened this book."
A journalist investigates the state of the arts. Read full book review >
THE TYRANNY OF THE MERITOCRACY by Lani Guinier
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Drawing on academic research and anecdotal evidence, the book makes a strong pedagogical case but is short on specifics as to how we get from here to there."
From admission standards to teaching philosophy, a renowned academic calls for a paradigm shift in higher education. Read full book review >
THE DOGS ARE EATING THEM NOW by Graeme Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A dragon awaits, in other words. Cheerless and even nightmarish, one of the best books yet about the war in Central Asia."
Think Afghanistan is bad now? Just wait until American forces leave entirely and the dragon rises again. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >