Current Affairs Book Reviews

PAYING THE PRICE by Sara Goldrick-Rab
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Necessary reading for anyone concerned about the fate of American higher education."
An examination of the "new economics of college in America." Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A delightfully witty, enjoyable read."
A Brit living in the United States exposes the dark side of the happiness business in her adopted country. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A nuanced, forthright, emotionally compelling take on a painful subject."
How family dynamics can reflect racial prejudices in society as a whole. Read full book review >
WAGING WAR by David J. Barron
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A first-rate history filled with revealing incidents and informed analysis."
A 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge chronicles the centurieslong push/pull between the executive and the legislative branches over the conduct of America's wars. Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA by Gary Younge
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society."
The tragic stories of 10 kids killed by gunfire. Read full book review >

IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
PROGRESS by Johan Norberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A refreshingly rosy assessment of how far many of us have come from the days when life was uniformly nasty, brutish, and short."
Cato Institute senior fellow Norberg (Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis, 2009, etc.) surveys human history and finds "things have been getting better—overwhelmingly so." Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO KNEW by Sebastian Mallaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A well-crafted, thorough biography sure to interest students of the modern economy and financial system."
The life of perhaps the wonkiest financial theorist to sit at the helm of the Federal Reserve. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF JIHAD by Patrick Cockburn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A compelling series of dispatches from a journalist who has learned the hard golden rule in Iraq: 'to forecast the worst possible outcome.'"
A veteran British war journalist offers a diary of events on the ground from the overthrow of the Taliban to the rise of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Kitfield gets inside the U.S. military 'brotherhood' to produce an engaging and chilling report."
A compelling chronological examination of the new intelligence-driven, multiagency counterterrorism model the U.S. military now uses to meet the "Age of Superterrorism." Read full book review >
YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY HATE by Antoine Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Courageous and inspirational, without a wasted word."
A book that no one would ever want to write proves powerfully, painfully difficult to read. Read full book review >
THE DOULAS by Mary Mahoney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers."
The story of the transformative Doula Project. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >