Current Affairs Book Reviews

SENSEMAKING by Christian Madsbjerg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 21, 2017

"The author employs jargon, to be sure, but he explains each piece of jargon with admirable clarity."
A business consultant argues for the importance of learning through human interactions rather than always emphasizing computer-generated data. Read full book review >
A COLONY IN A NATION by Chris Hayes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 21, 2017

"A timely and impassioned argument for social justice."
Profound contrasts in policing and incarceration reveal disparate Americas. Read full book review >

SEASTEADING by Joe Quirk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 21, 2017

"While the authors' enthusiasm should be taken with more than a grain of salt, they raise ideas worth considering and offer hope for a future when life on land has grown grim."
The founder and communications director of the Seasteading Institute make a case that the survival of the planet depends on moving out from the land onto the sea. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF ORDER by Basharat Peer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 21, 2017

"A knowledgeable journalist astutely delineates a troubling global move toward the right wing."
A Kashmiri journalist examines a new generation of tyrants threatening the (illusory) promises of liberal democracy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An entertaining look inside the White House."
President Barack Obama's former deputy chief of staff makes her literary debut in a candid and charming memoir of her unexpected career in government. Read full book review >

REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES by Bassem Youssef
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"If you want to understand the Arab Spring—even though it was really the African Spring, set off by a 'small puny motherfucking country called Tunisia'—then this odd book is just the guide."
Egyptian comic Youssef, a doctor-turned-satirist-turned-international media sensation, recounts the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 16, 2017

"A blend of accessible economic theory and practical reform, of much interest to any reader whose common cause is with the 99 rather than the 1 percent."
The declining middle class represents not just a lost economic stratum, but the disappeared basis for the quaint idea of representative democracy. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A strong case that deserves a wider readership than just policy wonks."
An examination of economic inequality—unsurprisingly, the title refers to race as well as economic class. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 14, 2017

"An alarming account but one suggesting that, armed with knowledge, we can reverse this way of treating the plants that feed us and find a way toward a more sustainable diet."
A convincing argument that the agricultural revolution that has made food more readily available around the world contains the seeds of its own destruction. Read full book review >
UTOPIA FOR REALISTS by Rutger Bregman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"Raise the minimum wage? No. Give everyone a basic income, smash the machines, and work a couple of days per week—that's the ticket. A provocative pleasure to contemplate."
A spirited and practical manifesto for improving the odds of making a heaven on Earth. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING UNDER THE HEAVENS by Howard W. French
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A lucid if stolid overview of regional history, useful for students of Pacific affairs in playing out scenarios of what might happen next."
A long-view look at events that are making China's neighbors—and much of the world beyond—very nervous indeed. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"Full of object lessons, this is a valuable overview for students of international commerce."
There are new markets to share out there, and the old capitalist way of doing things won't be the one that captures them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >