Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 7)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ullah ends his engrossing book on a note of guarded optimism: "[F]amilies, like entire nations, must sometimes have to withstand the toughest trials and endure almost beyond endurance.""
On-the-ground look at how terrorism has come to shape the way ordinary middle-class Pakistani families navigate their daily lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A harrowing personal journey of courageous self-empowerment during wartime."
Fiery, insightful memoir from the former Iraqi translator who fought alongside U.S. Special Forces during the recent war in Iraq. Read full book review >

THE SNOWDEN FILES by Luke Harding
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Whether you view Snowden's act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first resort."
A newsworthy, must-read book about what prompted Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on his former employer, the National Security Agency, and what likely awaits him for having done so. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 5, 2014

"Somewhat more optimistic than Harry Dent Jr.'s The Demographic Cliff (2013), insistent that the key to Western influence-shaping lies in economic housecleaning. All bets are on as to whether that can happen."
It's in all the headlines: China and the United States are increasingly at loggerheads. As Financial Times journalist Dyer notes, it's likely to get more heated in years to come. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Not as much fun as Cheech and Chong, but a piercing work of sociological reportage."
How, where and why the United States lost the "War on Drugs." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

With the assistance of Henican (co-author, with Dwight Gooden: Doc, 2013, etc.), the former Republican governor of Florida explains why he is now a Democrat.

Echoing the words of Ronald Reagan, Crist told the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, "I didn't leave the Republican Party. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"On a highly touchy subject, the authors tread carefully, backing their assertions with copious notes. Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions."
Husband and wife professors at Yale Law School explore why some cultural groups in the United States are generally more successful than others. Read full book review >
THE ANTIDOTE by Barry Werth
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A revealing, readable book about "some of competitive capitalism's most complicated science and most cutthroat marketing maneuvers.""
This follow-up to the author's book about upstart Vertex Pharmaceuticals (The Billion-Dollar Molecule: One Company's Quest for the Perfect Drug, 1994) details the firm's transition from boutique creative group to profitable prescription drug maker. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"Painting a broader picture but covering much the same ground as former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani's Magnificent Delusions (2013), Paul delivers an equally insightful and harsh portrait of a dysfunctional nation."
Pakistan is a mess, writes Paul (International Relations/McGill Univ.; Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers, 2011, etc.) in this grim yet thoughtful analysis of how it got that way and how, however unlikely, it might straighten out. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A forcefully presented eye-opener sure to provoke controversy as well as interest."
Troutt (Law and Justice/Rutgers School of Law, Newark; The Importance of Being Dangerous, 2009, etc.) offers a controversial counter to the claim that social spending is an out-of-control government expense. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Le Blanc's cogent, well-informed essay sums up the book's main thrust: Only a politically aware, socially committed populace can effect important and lasting change."
Passionate essays imagining a socialist America. Read full book review >
WINDFALL by McKenzie Funk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"A well-written, useful global profile emphasizing concrete solutions rather than ideological abstractions."
A shocking account of how governments and corporations are confronting the crises caused by global warming. Read full book review >