Current Affairs Book Reviews

A Spirit of Charity by Mike King
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Released: May 31, 2016

"A searing and sobering indictment of the public health care system that highlights the inequality of treatment."
In the spirit of investigative journalism, this assessment of public hospitals paints a grim picture of health care for the poor in America. Read full book review >
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Released: June 1, 2016

"Tales of corruption and compromise, of interest to anyone who's ever contributed to a humanitarian aid organization."
A veteran foreign affairs journalist reports on the 21st-century crises confronting international humanitarian aid organizations. Read full book review >

THE FATE OF GENDER by Frank Browning
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Released: June 7, 2016

"A timely, thoughtful contribution to a much-debated issue."
A journalist and cultural critic investigates the "shifting terrain of gender." Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF RUSSIA by Arkady Ostrovsky
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Released: June 7, 2016

"An astute, accessible, illuminating navigation of the idea that the 'only consistent feature in Russia's history is its unpredictability.'"
A focused, bracing look at how the control of the media has helped plot the Russian political trajectory from dictatorship and back again. Read full book review >
EXONEREE DIARIES by Alison Flowers
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Released: June 7, 2016

"A thoroughly researched, provocative book of justice gone wrong."
Chicago journalist Flowers goes deep into the cases of three innocent men and a woman serving at least a decade in prison for crimes they never committed. Read full book review >

BUT WHAT IF WE'RE WRONG? by Chuck Klosterman
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Released: June 7, 2016

"Replete with lots of nifty, whimsical footnotes, this clever, speculative book challenges our beliefs with jocularity and perspicacity."
An inquiry into why we'll probably be wrong about almost everything. Read full book review >
THE INEVITABLE by Kevin Kelly
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Kelly's arguments ring true, and his enthusiasm is contagious. Readers will enjoy the ride provided they forget that he has disobeyed his warning against assuming that today's trends will continue."
That futurists have a terrible record hasn't discouraged them, and this delightful addition to the genre does not deny that predictions have been wildly off-base. Read full book review >
ISLAMIC EXCEPTIONALISM by Shadi Hamid
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Released: June 7, 2016

"Fresh, provocative thinking on the 'Arab problem.'"
Why can't the Islamic world be more secular and liberal like "we" are? Read full book review >
TO PROTECT AND SERVE by Norm Stamper
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Released: June 7, 2016

"A vivid, well-written, vitally important book."
Most of the nation's approximately 18,000 police departments receive scathing criticism from one of their own: an author who began as a San Diego beat cop in 1966 and rose to become a police chief in Seattle. Read full book review >
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Released: June 7, 2016

"An impassioned, learned plea for the importance of shared values, rather than coldhearted calculations, as the basis of diplomacy."
As Israelis and American Jews drift further apart culturally and politically, the nature of the unique relationship between the two countries is changing. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF NATIONS by Ruchir Sharma
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Evenhanded, measured, sage advice on the global economy."
This efficient, positive guide for the practical observer and investor shows how to choose healthy emerging markets. Read full book review >
RATF**KED by David Daley
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Released: June 7, 2016

"A chilling intimation of the growing entrenchment of partisan politics."
An alarming study of the GOP's redrawing of the American political map across the country. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >