Current Affairs Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Excellent drawing accompanies a remarkable story of persistence—and yet the artist still has trouble making a living in his native Cambodia, while human trafficking on land and sea continues to flourish."
A harrowing graphic memoir by a Cambodian survivor of human trafficking. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A carefully assembled, thorough book that should be required reading for corporate leaders."
Former Secretary of State Rice (Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, 2017, etc.) and Zegart (Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community, 2011, etc.), both Stanford political scientists, describe how political risk can affect businesses—and what to do about it. Read full book review >

ARMY OF NONE by Paul Scharre
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clear, well-written, and richly documented discussion of an issue that deserves deep and careful study."
Former Army Ranger Scharre, the director of the Future of War Initiative at the Center for a New American Security, looks at the technical, strategic, and ethical questions raised by autonomous weapons, which are closer to reality than many civilians may realize. Read full book review >
US VS. THEM by Ian Bremmer
Released: April 24, 2018

"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead."
An examination of the coming worldwide explosion of populism. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"Excellent, wide-ranging reporting and sharp-edged analysis make this a book that's sure to be talked about inside the Beltway—and that deserves a wide audience beyond."
Nations deal with each other through trade and diplomacy—or war. Guess which one the current administration favors? Read full book review >

GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM by Timothy Snyder
Released: April 3, 2018

"A highly distressing, urgent alarm to awaken Americans to the peril of authoritarianism."
How Russia's campaign to undermine democracies threatens the European Union and the United States. Read full book review >
THE LIST by Amy Siskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An astonishing roster, documenting history as it is being made and democracy as it is being unmade."
A Homeric catalog, in numbered lists, of all the wrongs the current occupant of the White House has done unto the republic. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Enough time has passed for some of Kaplan's forecasts to develop cracks—e.g., China has not yet stumbled—but much rings true, and all are presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years."
The veteran political affairs journalist returns with a collection of essays that have been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and other venues. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S."
After becoming a victim of unhinged anti-Semitic hatred, trolled and cyberstalked by fringe-right bigots, a journalist delivers his forceful response. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant exposé on a greatly disregarded sector of the American workforce."
An investigative report exposes rampant workplace sexual abuse against female immigrant workers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >