Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 9)

MORE THAN A SCORE by Jesse Hagopian
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Essays, speeches and interviews also come from students, parents and government officials, providing a comprehensive guide to the pitfalls of standardized testing, with arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer."
A collection of writings about and against the educational model of standardized testing. Read full book review >
THE LAST BEACH by Orrin H. Pilkey
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"The authors deliver a message to be heeded: 'We must view the beach as a sacred and resilient yet strangely fragile natural environment to be protected at all costs.'"
A clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights. Read full book review >

MANDELA by Christo Brand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A worthy addition to the canon of Mandela literature that details a relationship that many knew about but few truly understood."
After more than a decade as a prison guard overseeing Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), Brand, with the assistance of Mail on Sunday Africa correspondent Jones, chronicles the unlikely personal relationship they built.Read full book review >
AMERICA IN RETREAT by Bret Stephens
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A provocative, carefully reasoned argument, anathema to politicians as disparate as Barack Obama and Rand Paul."
In his first book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal surveys the tumultuous international scene and calls for America to do what great nations have always done: Lead.Read full book review >
FIGHTING BACK THE RIGHT by David Niose
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 16, 2014

"A smart diagnosis, if accompanied by too much wishful thinking."
A well-intended effort to be reasonable with the enemies of reason. Read full book review >

CITIZENS OF THE GREEN ROOM by Mark Leibovich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Humorous, incisive and very droll."
Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A passionately committed environmental activist unearths China's criminal, ongoing policy of resource extraction."
A grim, relentless exposé of the plundering of Tibet's natural resources by China. Read full book review >
PALESTINE SPEAKS by Mateo Hoke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A sympathetic view of Palestinians not to be mistaken for objective reporting."
An oral history of life in Gaza and the West Bank, obtained through interviews conducted over a period of nearly four years, lets a diversity of Palestinians speak their minds about their situations. Read full book review >
THE GOOD WAR by Jack Fairweather
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A thorough, elegant reassessment of America's 'irresistible illusion.'"
A reconsideration of "how the world's most powerful leaders plotted to build a new kind of nation in Afghanistan that was pure fantasy." Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS by William J. Kelly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A powerful warning that 'a growing cloud of toxins aloft [are] swirling in the winds around the world' and recirculating the pollution we hoped to shed."
A scathing denunciation of how America outsourced its industrial capacity to China, a package that included catastrophic pollution. Read full book review >
THE RESILIENCE DIVIDEND by Judith Rodin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A convincing argument that becoming resilient is not only possible, but essential; food for thought for all and especially recommended for community leaders."
A revealing examination of the anatomy of resilience, the capacity to withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Read full book review >
WHY WE LOST by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"With vigorous, no-nonsense prose and an impressive clarity of vision, this general does not mince blame in this chronicle of failure."
A former commander of advisory teams in Iraq and Afghanistan offers historical perspective and a forthright breakdown of the failure of those conflicts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >