Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

THE LAST PIRATE by Tony Dokoupil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"While the author does show how the drug culture has grown up and settled down, his father's story and his own outshine the large-picture history and bring it up-close and personal, with humor, sensitivity and a keen eye for the surprising detail."
Looking to cast light on a lost age of outlaw heroics, NBC News senior writer Dokoupil digs into the adventures of a major drug smuggler of the 1970s and '80s: his father. Read full book review >
FLASH BOYS by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 2014

"If you've ever had the feeling that the system is out for itself at your expense, well, look no further. A riveting, maddening yarn that is causing quite a stir already, including calls for regulatory reform."
In trademark Lewis (Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, 2011, etc.) fashion, a data-rich but all-too-human tale of "heuristic data bullshit and other mumbo jumbo" in the service of gaming the financial system, courtesy of—yes, Goldman Sachs and company. Read full book review >

SURVIVORS OF SLAVERY by Laura T. Murphy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An "open condemnation" of modern slavery that builds powerfully by testimony."
First-person testimonies that probe the continued chilling practices of forced labor worldwide. Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY SETTLER by Lipika Pelham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A touching personal delineation of divided loyalties and riven hearts."
Bittersweet memoir of a multicultural marriage riding the perilous shoals of Jerusalem's ethnic split. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO GLOBAL PROSPERITY by Michael Mandelbaum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An incisive assessment of the political problems underlying our increasingly integrated world economy."
A distinguished analyst of international affairs looks at the future of the global economy and discovers mostly good news. Read full book review >

WHY NUDGE? by Cass R. Sunstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"A provocative challenge to the fixed mindsets of left and right alike."
Harvard Law School professor Sunstein (Simpler: The Future of Government, 2013, etc.) takes up the question of the limits to government power in this intriguing revision of the Storrs Lectures on Jurisprudence he gave at Yale in 2012. Read full book review >
ASIA'S CAULDRON by Robert D. Kaplan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An up-and-down examination in which the author claims that the future of the Pacific Rim will be decided not by what China does but by what America does."
A foreign policy expert looks at the major players in the Southeast Asia Pacific Rim and their nervous watching of what China will do. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"Tyson can expect an avalanche of criticism for flouting a dozen precepts of journalism, and Gant has been accused of an unrealistically romantic view of Afghan tribalism. Still, readers will encounter one of the only satisfying products of a dismally unsatisfying war: this entertaining book."
To win in Afghanistan, dedicated American soldiers must live among the tribes, earning their trust and molding them into effective fighters against Taliban and al-Qaida networks. Decorated Green Beret Jim Gant made this argument in a 2009 paper that impressed Gen. David Petraeus and other leaders, who told him to go ahead with the plan. Read full book review >
A CALL TO ACTION by Jimmy Carter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"The overall effect is one of well-meaning but fuzzy prescription, less rigorous than this difficult subject requires."
The former president and indefatigable humanitarian writes again, this time linking worldly woes that "fall disproportionately on women and girls." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students."
Inspiring account of what it takes to overcome class and ethnic barriers to gain acceptance to college. Read full book review >
A CLIMATE OF CRISIS by Patrick Allitt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2014

"An optimistic book that downplays the clamorous work of environmental groups and attributes progress to the institutions of democracy and capitalism."
A wide-ranging history of the American environmental movement. Read full book review >
A SLIVER OF LIGHT by Shane Bauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"An unsugared account that demonstrates the admirable, unbreakable bond of friends, parents and countrymen."
The three American hikers imprisoned in Iran in 2009 alternate relaying their versions of their scary, uncertain ordeal. Read full book review >