Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

UNREAL CITY by Judith Nies
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An important, multifaceted page-turner."
A hard-hitting chronicle of the hidden history behind the creation of Las Vegas, including a large-scale resource grab and a grand plan to drive the Navajo people off their lands, abetted by corruption at the highest levels of government. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF MONEY by James Rickards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A mostly accessible survey of the financial scene. Readers take note: Buy gold, land and art—and hunker down."
Behind Door No. 1 is inflation. Behind Door No. 2 is deflation. Neither is pretty—however, assures financial counselor and intelligence adviser Rickards (Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, 2011), one or the other lies in our path. Read full book review >

STRONGER by Jeff Bauman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A moving demonstration of how strength of mind and character helped one man stand tall despite the loss of his legs."
One man's account of life before and after the Boston Marathon bombing. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A tiresome and tendentious book that destroys its own credibility through hyperbole and careless composition."
Confidently predicting nuclear annihilation and the worldwide destruction of civilization as we know it, Tor/Forge executive editor Gleason (End of Days, 2011, etc.) accuses American political leaders from both parties of treason. Read full book review >
LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An ideal graduation gift that, although aimed at women, has plenty to offer young men as well."
An expanded version of Facebook COO Sandberg's 2013 best-seller, this time with additional material aimed specifically at women just entering the workforce. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A fast-moving, smartly detailed story of an environmental disaster compounded by the Corps' broken promise—"We take care of our own"—to the men who served and suffered."
The National Journal's managing editor investigates "the largest and worst incidence of a poisoned water supply in history." Read full book review >
WHY GOVERNMENT FAILS SO OFTEN by Peter H.  Schuck
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A substantial analysis of the causes and failures of government functioning."
Schuck (Emeritus, Yale Univ.; Foundations of Administrative Law, 2012, etc.) undertakes "to explain and perhaps to help solve" the myriad failures of government, in which a majority of citizens have little faith or confidence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"With his philosophy shaped by the likes of Ayn Rand, no one will tag this author Democrat Lite."
Part memoir, part political manifesto, from a controversial conservative who sounds like he's preparing to run for public office. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Intriguing but densely detailed and hyperbolic."
Rifkin (The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, 2011, etc.) looks ahead to life after capitalism. Read full book review >
I JUST GRADUATED...NOW WHAT? by Katherine Schwarzenegger
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Inspirational tidbits on work and life from productive and happy people from diverse backgrounds."
Advice for one of life's most important transitions: stepping out into the "real" world after four years of college. Read full book review >
DIVIDED by David Cay Johnston
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A potent chronicle of America's "extreme inequality, the worst by far of any nation with a modern economy.""
Investigative reporter Johnston (The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, 2012, etc.) collects together writings from forty authors representing many different fields of endeavor to present a multifaceted picture of inequality. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Journalism that demonstrates all the arguments why we need professionals to tell the stories that mark our generations and a valentine to the people that proved Boston Strong."
In a remarkable work of narrative journalism, Boston Globe journalists Helman (co-author: The Real Romney, 2012) and Russell (co-author: Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, 2009), with support from their comrades at the Globe's news department, map out the heartbreaks, dogged pursuits and courageous acts of defiance that resulted from one of America's most foolhardy and cowardly acts of terrorism. Read full book review >