Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

TOO BIG TO JAIL by Brandon L. Garrett
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Garrett combines groundbreaking research with clear writing and moral outrage."
Garrett (Law/Univ. of Virginia; Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong, 2011, etc.) presents research on criminal behavior by corporations in the United States and overseas. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT KILL by Robert Baer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Fascinating reading from an expert."
A best-selling author and former CIA operative chronicles his experiences as an assassin while offering chilling insight into the fine art of political murder. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"While events since the death of bin Laden have complicated the picture, this book serves as a useful starting point for readers who wish to understand how to unravel and defuse terrorist threats."
The world's leading scholars of terrorism investigate the organizational structures and operational links of Islamist terrorist movements around the globe. Read full book review >
SHOCK FACTOR by Jack  Coughlin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Will appeal to veteran and aspiring warriors, as well as conservative readers."
Grim account of combat tours in Iraq, where Marine and National Guard snipers made a crucial difference. Read full book review >
TOP DOG by Maria Goodavage
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 23, 2014

"A sentimental tale of man and dog and their heroism under fire."
In this follow-up to Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes (2012), Goodavage gives the Marines and their canine companions equal billing.Read full book review >

SECTION 60 by Robert M. Poole
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A momentous and moving follow-up to On Hallowed Ground."
An honorable survey of Arlington National Cemetery's subdivision for military personnel killed in the global war on terror. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >