Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 6)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An important challenge to the naysayers on both sides of the political divide."
Emanuel (Medical Ethics and Health Policy/Univ. of Pennsylvania; Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family, 2013, etc.) views the Affordable Care Act as a success story. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"A much-needed factual antidote to the mainstream media coverage of Trayvon Martin's tragic story and the travesty of the George Zimmerman trial."
A veteran civil rights attorney confronts the injustices of the controversial Trayvon Martin case and America's dubious post-9/11 gun laws. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2014

"Although Shahid benefited professionally from her patriarchal ties, she admirably used them for the greater good."
A poignant story of a happy partnership that encouraged one Pakistani woman to face her oppressors. Read full book review >
LIFE INTERRUPTED by Denise Brennan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A tough-to-read exposé of trafficking and its effects and an urgent call for changes in federal immigration policy and ineffectual labor laws."
Brennan (Anthropology/Georgetown Univ.; What's Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic, 2004) examines the everyday lives of people who have formerly been trafficked into forced labor. Read full book review >
INFERNO by Robert A. Ferguson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"An important wake-up call about an emerging crisis that threatens to become a human rights scandal of global proportions."
An eye-opening report about how the United States, with just 5 percent of the world's population, holds 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. Read full book review >

WORDS WILL BREAK CEMENT by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An uneven but revelatory introduction to the story, though certainly not the last word."
A Russian-American journalist faces considerable challenges in telling the story of a punk band that most know only by its notorious name. Read full book review >
ILLEGAL by José Ángel N.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An utterly believable close-up picture of one illegal immigrant's life in the United States."
A memoir from a decent man living in the shadows, evading questions and telling lies, presented here anonymously since to reveal his identity would mean to risk arrest and deportation. Read full book review >
WISE LATINAS by Jennifer De Leon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"The abundance of high-quality material makes the book hard to put down. While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance."
This aptly named collection of essays lives up to its title, a reference to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's quote that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read full book review >
THE KIDNEY SELLERS by Sigrid Fry-Revere
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A compelling case for an unorthodox solution to a widespread health care problem."
Fry-Revere (The Accountability of Bioethics Committees and Consultants, 1993), the founder of a nonprofit bioethics think tank, goes to Iran to study the effects of legalizing compensation for organ donors. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A solid work for both privacy freaks and anyone seeking tips on such matters as how to strengthen passwords (make them longer and avoid simple dictionary words)."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes today's world of indiscriminate surveillance and tries to evade it. Read full book review >
THERMONUCLEAR MONARCHY by Elaine Scarry
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"An important discussion that deserves a more disciplined presentation."
Nuclear weaponry has stealthily altered the substance of our form of government, contends Scarry (Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value/Harvard Univ.; Thinking in an Emergency, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
KICKING THE KREMLIN by Marc Bennetts
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Bennetts insightfully portrays a Russia on the cusp of popular revolt."
Engagingly grim, frequently absurdist portrait of Vladimir Putin and the popular protests against him, which are gaining steam. Read full book review >