Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

NO SUCH THING AS A FREE GIFT by Linsey McGoey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Picking up the cudgels wielded by Ida Tarbell and her fellow trustbusters, McGoey produces a startling report."
McGoey (Sociology/Univ. of Essex) probes the business motivations of contemporary philanthropic organizations. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WILL by Bobby Jindal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Anyone following Jindal's campaign will find nothing new, and much repeated, in this perfunctory book."
Louisiana governor and Republican presidential candidate Jindal shares the tenets of his presidential campaign. Read full book review >

A FIELD PHILOSOPHER'S GUIDE TO FRACKING by Adam Briggle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"Goliath takes it right between the eyes in this unique take on the convoluted politics, science, and cultural issues at stake regarding fracking."
Out of the university and into the streets, Briggle (Philosophy/Univ. of North Texas) brings the practice of "field philosophy" to the question of whether fracking is feckless or feasible. Read full book review >
FRACKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Jessica Smartt Gullion
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"Likely to be well-received in the academy and elsewhere largely unread."
A sociologist offers an ethnography of an unlikely group of environmental health activists. Read full book review >
FIND ME UNAFRAID by Kennedy Odede
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A well-wrought, inspiring tale of 'change and justice' in a part of the world where they are often sorely lacking."
An impassioned tale of how an unusual Kenyan NGO became globally galvanized by the romance between its embattled Nairobi director and a resolute young Wesleyan University student. Read full book review >

A MIGHTY PURPOSE by Adam Fifield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"This fine, engrossing portrait reveals Grant's unstoppable passion and remarkable achievements."
A biographical commemoration of a powerful champion of children's health. Read full book review >
DOOMED TO SUCCEED by Dennis Ross
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Ross provides a learned, wise template for understanding the long-term relationship between two countries tethered to one another out of shared self-interest and geopolitical necessity and yet with sometimes-conflicting senses of the way forward."
A history of the sometimes-fraught, occasionally tense, but always essential relationship between the United States and Israel. Read full book review >
HUNTER KILLER by T. Mark McCurley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An illuminating tale of a pilot on the cutting edge."
An Air Force veteran tells an exciting tale of tracking terrorist leaders by remote piloted aircraft, the future of military aviation. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An inspiring story in which the author demonstrates unequivocally that public health policy can not only save lives; it can change the way we view the landscape of food."
A New York City-based saga showing how "saving lives in America today means fighting to protect people from the pervasive marketing of cigarettes, junk food, and other unhealthy products." Read full book review >
THE LAWS OF MEDICINE by Siddhartha Mukherjee
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A splendid exploration of how medicine might be transformed."
Oncologist and Pulitzer Prize winner Mukherjee (Medicine/Columbia Univ.; The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, 2010) skillfully dives into the hidden side of medicine in this elaboration of the author's 18-minute TED talk.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Wildly creative ideas from intelligent writers who want more for women, regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference."
A few dozen writers envision a more balanced world. Read full book review >
LITTLE RICE by Clay Shirky
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A compact, accessible, and intelligently delivered update on China's evolving economic and political front via one particularly accomplished electronics venture."
A compact report on the world's biggest economy, told through the story of the third-largest global manufacturer of smartphones. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >