Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 10)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"While many will dismiss his viewpoint, Blecker presents a strong case with legalistic rigor on some of the darkest questions facing society."
Arresting fusion of memoir and jeremiad, arguing for a punitive approach toward the worst perpetrators of social violence, amid a general overhaul of attitudes toward criminality. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"Deeply conscious of its "solidarity rhetoric," this valuable study provokes essential questions about the conflicted Palestinian identity in exile."
A stern look at how the crippling effects of material deprivation have ground down the will of the Palestinians in Lebanese exile. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Huber's political polemics detract somewhat from an otherwise intriguing discussion."
Legal expert Huber (The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy, 2006, etc.) contends that government intervention in the science and practice of medicine is impeding progress. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A detailed view of a mostly unknown business that touches the lives of everyone, whether or not they ever dragged a trash and/or recycle bin out to the curb."
The international recycling business comes under the probing and widely roaming yet ultimately friendly eye of a young journalist. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Ideological and agitational in tone, this will appeal most to liberals."
Progressive talk show host Hartmann (Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People"—and How You Can Fight Back, 2010, etc.) argues that the financial crash of 2008 was just a precursor for the larger-scale disruptions to come in 2016. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An evenhanded yet grim assessment of the growing consensus regarding "the lethal presidency.""
Straightforward, rigorous account of how President Barack Obama's embrace of high-tech militarism is changing the parameters of the presidency. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Well-meaning, though the coming electoral cycle will show whether the GOP abandons the gladiatorial politics of resentment and, per Scarborough, actually makes some effort to show that it can govern."
Bromides from Morning Joe host and former Republican Congressman Scarborough (The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise, 2009, etc.) on the restoration of the good old GOP. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

Bradley (Public Health/Yale Univ.) and Harvard presidential scholar Taylor examine why Americans are less healthy than others around the world, even though the United States spends more on health.

The authors show that comparisons between health expenditures and outcomes are misleading since they count different things. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Barack Obama smashed down one long-closed door in 2008. This book makes a compelling case for another shattering of barriers sooner rather than later."
Intriguing interviews exploring the role of women in American political leadership. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A valiant attempt at emotional connection with the lost motherland."
The Iranian-American author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ (2008) finds "home" in Iran with his American wife and baby a complicated, incongruous place. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A provocative, informative account of a different kind of globalization. Highly recommended reading for policymakers and other readers intrigued by forward-thinking forms of governance."
Political theorist Barber (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, 2007, etc.) asks whether the world's cities, and the mayors who lead them, can come together as an alternative to the failures of the nation-state. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A fascinating study of American entrepreneurial culture and the modern robber barons who succeeded in creating an energy revolution."
Award-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Zuckerman (The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, 2009) calls drilling for shale gas and oil "one of the greatest energy revolutions in history." Read full book review >