Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
FRIDAY WAS THE BOMB by Nathan Deuel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"The author's honesty and his self-absorption are two sides of the coin."
These essays can stand alone, but they cohere as a slim memoir of a young American family's years of danger in the Middle East. Read full book review >
AGE OF AMBITION by Evan Osnos
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Pleasant, peripatetic musings revealing a great deal about the Chinese character."
New Yorker staff writer and former China correspondent Osnos offers nimble, clever observations of a country squeezed between aspiration and authoritarianism. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 2014

"While the book will appeal mostly to military history and combat tale buffs, the story is suspenseful and well-written enough for a wider audience to enjoy."
Journalist Lewis (co-author: Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog, 2011, etc.) highlights the soldier's point of view in a tale from the front lines in Iraq. Read full book review >
WHERE DOES IT HURT? by Jonathan Bush
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 2014

"Likely to find its way onto the Republican platform but worthy of serious consideration on its own merits."
With the assistance of former BusinessWeek senior writer Baker (Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, 2011, etc.), Bush, nephew of George H.W., offers an alternative to Obamacare based on his own experiences as CEO of athenahealth, Inc. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH REVOLUTION by John Micklethwait
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 19, 2014

"A different, provocative view of the challenge emerging in Asia."
Micklethwait and Wooldridge (co-authors: God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World, 2009, etc.), editor in chief and management editor, respectively, of the Economist, anticipate a coming revolution in methods of government on par with the emergence of the welfare state after World War II. Read full book review >
CAPITAL by Rana Dasgupta
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 19, 2014

"A sincere, troubling look at India's wrenching social and cultural changes."
Deep, unsettling explorations into a city that has lost its soul, from a British-Indian novelist who has lived in Delhi for more than 10 years. Read full book review >
THE SECOND AMENDMENT by Michael Waldman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 20, 2014

"This thoughtful, accessible survey of Second Amendment law will be useful to anyone arguing either side of this endlessly controversial issue."
A review of the evolving meaning of the Second Amendment, a single sentence fraught with emotional controversy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 21, 2014

"A unique and unsettling study of what many in the West do not want to see."
Frank, straightforward reporting of a key, though largely ignored, element in African development, for better or ill. Read full book review >
NORTH KOREA by Paul French
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 27, 2014

"An astute work that examines all facets of this Orwellian state."
A thorough probing of the ongoing causes behind North Korea's "march of misery." Read full book review >