Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 11)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Perhaps inadvertently captures the folly and resource drain of the Iraq War, though its emphatic style should appeal to conservative readers."
Blustery, angry account of three Navy SEALs who snared a vicious Iraqi terrorist and were then ensnared by flimsy allegations of prisoner abuse. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An inspiring jail companion guidebook brimming with straight-talking tough love."
Sage, dignified adjuration for the imprisoned. Read full book review >

AMERICAN HEROES by Oliver North
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Authentic narratives of the men and women of the armed forces who have sacrificed for their country."
True stories of the men and women who put their lives in danger to defend the United States from terrorists. Read full book review >
THE TRIDENT by Jason Redman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A curiously unsatisfying memoir of personal development through service in an elite military team, introspective but not very insightful."
In a debut memoir, a young Navy SEAL describes his maturation as a military leader. Read full book review >
DOUBLE DOWN by Mark Halperin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Like crack for political junkies."
Gossipy insider's account of the presidential election of 2012, the sequel to Halperin and Heilemann's best-selling Game Change (2009). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Mostly good news, then, with some bad thrown in to balance the picture. Of interest to those with a bent for policy wonkery, geopolitics and demographic trends."
Think Yankee power is doomed? The answer is no, argues German magazine editor Joffe, even if the patient seems to be running a fever. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"As Edmonds amply and lucidly shows in this cogent book, moral questions have no easy answers."
An investigation into how we make moral decisions. Read full book review >
ALL AMERICAN by Steve Eubanks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Long on heroism, short on analysis and critical acumen."
Veteran journalist Eubanks (To Win and Die in Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and the Mysterious Death of Its Creator, 2010, etc.) follows the careers of two young men: one a cadet at West Point, the other a midshipman at the Naval Academy, from 9/11 to the present. Read full book review >
HUNTING SEASON by Mirta Ojito
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A dark reminder that anti-immigrant sentiment has a long history in this country and that the immigration issue is not going away any time soon. "
A disturbing account of how attacks on Latino immigrants became a teenage sport in one suburban town, whose bigotry is seen here as typical of much of America. Read full book review >
SURGE by Peter R. Mansoor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Lively and vivid. Recommended for readers with an interest in military history and strategy or the challenges of nation building."
Deeply controversial at the time, the surge ended up being the most successful phase of the Iraq War, according to one of its architects. Read full book review >
40 CHANCES by Howard G. Buffett
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An impressive example of how an individual's diligent work can truly affect the world."
Farmer and philanthropist Buffett (Threatened Kingdom: The Story of the Mountain Gorilla, 2005, etc.) examines how to improve the world's food supply and make it more secure. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MATTER by Charles Krauthammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew."
Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Krauthammer collects 30 years of his work. Read full book review >