Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

HOUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE by Michael Gross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"An incisive but somewhat tedious report of New York's "new money.""
Travel + Leisure contributing editor Gross' (Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles, 2011, etc.) latest chronicle of the .01 percent shifts to the other side of Central Park. Read full book review >
JUST FREEDOM by Philip Pettit
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Released: March 10, 2014

"Pettit's logical and humane yet ultimately utopian approach to human organizations will leave many muttering, "If only!""
Pettit (Politics and Human Values/Princeton Univ.; On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, 2013, etc.) offers some clear definitions of justice and freedom and suggests what those definitions have meant in history—and could mean in the contemporary world. Read full book review >

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Released: March 4, 2014

Plato returns to 21st-century America in this witty, inventive, genre-bending work by MacArthur Fellow Goldstein (36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, 2010, etc.).

As the author imagines him, Plato is an intense, curious visitor from ancient Greece who is touring the country to promote his famous tract, The Republic. He lands first in Mountain View, Calif., where he is scheduled to speak to the staff of Google but gets waylaid by an employee who engages him in a conversation about truth, beauty, goodness and justice. Read full book review >

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Released: March 4, 2014

"Moving from jazz to the late Moroccan pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail."
A multilayered story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. Read full book review >
THE NEXT AMERICA by Paul Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An authoritative report and required reading for policymakers."
An incisive survey of vast recent changes in American society and the ever-wider generation gap between baby boomers and millennials. Read full book review >

UPRISING by Sally Armstrong
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Released: March 4, 2014

"Women of all persuasions will appreciate Armstrong's in-depth, passionate exploration of this important topic."
A Canadian journalist and human rights activist chronicles the acts of empowerment undertaken by women and girls across the globe against inequities and acts of brutality, which have been perpetrated against them for decades. Read full book review >
THE ISRAELI SOLUTION by Caroline Glick
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Released: March 4, 2014

"Even if Glick's were indisputably the right course of action, the constant aggressiveness is off-putting. The choir won't mind the preaching, but the arguments here aren't likely to sway many other readers."
Can peace ever come to the Middle East? Not with the implacable parties involved, one wing of which informs this unyielding polemic. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An important challenge to the naysayers on both sides of the political divide."
Emanuel (Medical Ethics and Health Policy/Univ. of Pennsylvania; Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family, 2013, etc.) views the Affordable Care Act as a success story. Read full book review >
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Released: March 4, 2014

"A much-needed factual antidote to the mainstream media coverage of Trayvon Martin's tragic story and the travesty of the George Zimmerman trial."
A veteran civil rights attorney confronts the injustices of the controversial Trayvon Martin case and America's dubious post-9/11 gun laws. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2014

"Although Shahid benefited professionally from her patriarchal ties, she admirably used them for the greater good."
A poignant story of a happy partnership that encouraged one Pakistani woman to face her oppressors. Read full book review >
LIFE INTERRUPTED by Denise Brennan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A tough-to-read exposé of trafficking and its effects and an urgent call for changes in federal immigration policy and ineffectual labor laws."
Brennan (Anthropology/Georgetown Univ.; What's Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic, 2004) examines the everyday lives of people who have formerly been trafficked into forced labor. Read full book review >
INFERNO by Robert A. Ferguson
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Released: March 1, 2014

"An important wake-up call about an emerging crisis that threatens to become a human rights scandal of global proportions."
An eye-opening report about how the United States, with just 5 percent of the world's population, holds 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. Read full book review >