Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >

THE LAST PIRATE by Tony Dokoupil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"While the author does show how the drug culture has grown up and settled down, his father's story and his own outshine the large-picture history and bring it up-close and personal, with humor, sensitivity and a keen eye for the surprising detail."
Looking to cast light on a lost age of outlaw heroics, NBC News senior writer Dokoupil digs into the adventures of a major drug smuggler of the 1970s and '80s: his father. Read full book review >
FLASH BOYS by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 2014

"If you've ever had the feeling that the system is out for itself at your expense, well, look no further. A riveting, maddening yarn that is causing quite a stir already, including calls for regulatory reform."
In trademark Lewis (Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, 2011, etc.) fashion, a data-rich but all-too-human tale of "heuristic data bullshit and other mumbo jumbo" in the service of gaming the financial system, courtesy of—yes, Goldman Sachs and company. Read full book review >
SURVIVORS OF SLAVERY by Laura T. Murphy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An "open condemnation" of modern slavery that builds powerfully by testimony."
First-person testimonies that probe the continued chilling practices of forced labor worldwide. Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY SETTLER by Lipika Pelham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A touching personal delineation of divided loyalties and riven hearts."
Bittersweet memoir of a multicultural marriage riding the perilous shoals of Jerusalem's ethnic split. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO GLOBAL PROSPERITY by Michael Mandelbaum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An incisive assessment of the political problems underlying our increasingly integrated world economy."
A distinguished analyst of international affairs looks at the future of the global economy and discovers mostly good news. Read full book review >
WHY NUDGE? by Cass R. Sunstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"A provocative challenge to the fixed mindsets of left and right alike."
Harvard Law School professor Sunstein (Simpler: The Future of Government, 2013, etc.) takes up the question of the limits to government power in this intriguing revision of the Storrs Lectures on Jurisprudence he gave at Yale in 2012. Read full book review >
ASIA'S CAULDRON by Robert D. Kaplan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An up-and-down examination in which the author claims that the future of the Pacific Rim will be decided not by what China does but by what America does."
A foreign policy expert looks at the major players in the Southeast Asia Pacific Rim and their nervous watching of what China will do. Read full book review >