Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

FRACTURED TIMES by Eric Hobsbawm
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 2014

"Hobsbawm speaks to the crucial need for engaged public intellectuals and the kind of rigorous social and political analysis so well represented by these urgent and important essays."
The last writings of an eminent British historian. Read full book review >
PLACE, NOT RACE by Sheryll Cashin
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Released: May 6, 2014

"A sensible proposal backed by hard data."
A noted legal scholar analyzes the problems with race-based affirmative action in college admissions and proposes a race-neutral plan as an alternative. Read full book review >

INVISIBLE HANDS by Corinne Goria
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Released: May 6, 2014

"Powerful and revealing testimony to the injustices of manual labor, infused with inspiration for global change."
A compelling message about the plight of labor workers worldwide. Read full book review >
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Released: May 6, 2014

"While the book gives outsiders a peek into the inner workings of a large medical group, its message is directed primarily at members of the medical profession, more specifically, to those in management positions."
The executive director of the Permanente Foundation argues that physicians are the key to creating a health care system that is patient-centered, safe, equitable, accessible and affordable. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE UNIVERSITY by Michael S. Roth
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 6, 2014

"The result is more like a primer on the history of higher education than a manifesto."
An academic's defense of the liberal arts, as he surveys the tensions in higher education throughout American history. Read full book review >

INNOVATIVE STATE by Aneesh Chopra
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Released: May 6, 2014

"Valuable for policymakers. Although not involved in the recent troubled launch of healthcare.gov, Chopra suspects outdated IT procurement rules and political interference were the culprits."
The nation's first chief technology officer describes efforts to modernize the federal government. Read full book review >
UNDOCUMENTED by Aviva Chomsky
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Released: May 13, 2014

"An urgent, earnest report, albeit one not likely to receive quick legislative repair, on the fraught national immigration policy."
As deportations briskly continue, an impassioned analyst explains how so many workers essential to the economy become illegal and are turned away from our nation's southern border by the busload. Read full book review >
SLAVERY INC. by Lydia Cacho
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Released: May 13, 2014

"It's clear that Cacho, with such passion for her subject, understands far more than her audience will. Unfortunately, she fails to make the connections for those who don't have her background knowledge."
Award-winning El Universal journalist Cacho has a history of crusading for human rights through her work. Here, she chronicles her global travels to document the world of human trafficking. Read full book review >
SMALLER FASTER LIGHTER DENSER CHEAPER by Robert Bryce
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Though Bryce often sounds like an unabashed booster for business and technology, he makes many intriguing arguments in this "rejoinder to the doomsayers [and] rebuttal to the catastrophists who insist that disaster lurks just around the corner.""
A celebration of innovations that have produced cheaper and more abundant energy, faster computing, lighter vehicles and other technological benefits. Read full book review >
THE SECRET WORLD OF OIL by Ken Silverstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"The book's revelations make Wall Street corruption seem tame by comparison."
Energy journalist Silverstein's study of the routinely corrupt but immensely profitable world of oil "fixers." Read full book review >
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Released: May 13, 2014

"A superficial and unconvincing account that does little to inform readers of the dangers of political reciprocity."
A British journalist examines the long, troubled romance between Hollywood and America's political capital. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Enthusiasts of military heroics should enjoy this grueling account of valor."
Inspirational narrative focused on the friendship between Marine Travis Manion and Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, Naval Academy roommates who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read full book review >