Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

THE DIVIDE by Matt Taibbi
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rising from the text is a miasma of corporate and political malfeasance and immorality that mocks the platitudes of democracy."
Rolling Stone journalist Taibbi (Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, 2010, etc.) once again rakes from the muck some most malodorous information about inequality in America. Read full book review >
"BOYS WILL BE BOYS" by Tracy Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Barker's story shines an important light on the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace while exposing the shoddy ethical standards and procedures of Halliburton/KBR."
In 2004, seeking greater financial security for her family, military wife and mother Barker secured a one-year assignment working for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq. Her memoir chronicles her sexual abuse, the military contractor's attempted coverup and her prolonged battle for justice. Read full book review >

ALL THE PRESIDENTS' BANKERS by Nomi Prins
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dense but worthy effort to explain how the economy went off the rails in recent years—and how we ended up in that situation in the first place."
A revealing look at the often symbiotic, sometimes-adversarial relationship between the White House and Wall Street. Read full book review >
THE MYTH OF THE STRONG LEADER by Archie Brown
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A sure-handed historical review with an engaging viewpoint."
Brown (Emeritus, Politics/Oxford Univ.; The Rise and Fall of Communism, 2009, etc.) addresses an apparent paradox in attitudes about political leaders. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A balanced analysis of the future shape of the world's increasingly interdependent economies."
A veteran economist and money manager looks ahead at the currents and countercurrents likely to roil the global economy in the next thirty years. Read full book review >

UNREAL CITY by Judith Nies
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An important, multifaceted page-turner."
A hard-hitting chronicle of the hidden history behind the creation of Las Vegas, including a large-scale resource grab and a grand plan to drive the Navajo people off their lands, abetted by corruption at the highest levels of government. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF MONEY by James Rickards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A mostly accessible survey of the financial scene. Readers take note: Buy gold, land and art—and hunker down."
Behind Door No. 1 is inflation. Behind Door No. 2 is deflation. Neither is pretty—however, assures financial counselor and intelligence adviser Rickards (Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, 2011), one or the other lies in our path. Read full book review >
STRONGER by Jeff Bauman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A moving demonstration of how strength of mind and character helped one man stand tall despite the loss of his legs."
One man's account of life before and after the Boston Marathon bombing. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A tiresome and tendentious book that destroys its own credibility through hyperbole and careless composition."
Confidently predicting nuclear annihilation and the worldwide destruction of civilization as we know it, Tor/Forge executive editor Gleason (End of Days, 2011, etc.) accuses American political leaders from both parties of treason. Read full book review >
LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An ideal graduation gift that, although aimed at women, has plenty to offer young men as well."
An expanded version of Facebook COO Sandberg's 2013 best-seller, this time with additional material aimed specifically at women just entering the workforce. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A fast-moving, smartly detailed story of an environmental disaster compounded by the Corps' broken promise—"We take care of our own"—to the men who served and suffered."
The National Journal's managing editor investigates "the largest and worst incidence of a poisoned water supply in history." Read full book review >
WHY GOVERNMENT FAILS SO OFTEN by Peter H.  Schuck
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A substantial analysis of the causes and failures of government functioning."
Schuck (Emeritus, Yale Univ.; Foundations of Administrative Law, 2012, etc.) undertakes "to explain and perhaps to help solve" the myriad failures of government, in which a majority of citizens have little faith or confidence. Read full book review >