Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
UNBALANCED by Stephen Roach
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Full of implication, well-written and of much interest, especially to fiscal policy wonks."
Eye-opening look at a condition that wanders from the boardroom to the psychiatrist's couch: financial codependency, which enables the worst qualities of two powerful economies. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2014

"Academic but readable and sometimes surprising, as when Stent reminds readers that Putin offered important information just before 9/11 that went ignored."
Whatever happened to the end of the Cold War? Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"The movement did not die with King. Chappell effectively shows how the struggle continued even as the message seemed to fragment."
Astute contemporary history of the civil rights movement in the years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >
DEMON CAMP by Jennifer Percy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Percy wields language with admirable restraint, but her poetic gifts might be better served in fiction."
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop turns her sights on the dark story of a soldier with PTSD who is haunted by his demons. Read full book review >
DUTY by Robert M. Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A smart and plainspoken—if sometimes obviously self-serving—insider's view of the military-industrial-governmental complex. Sure to spark plenty of discussion inside the Beltway."
Former Secretary of Defense Gates doesn't exactly bare all in this politically charged memoir, but he doesn't pull many punches, either. Read full book review >
THE GLOBAL WAR FOR INTERNET GOVERNANCE by Laura DeNardis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A rigorous exploration of obscure but important issues with potentially global effects."
A guide to the hidden battles for control of the Internet. Read full book review >