Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND OTHER DANGEROUS IDEAS by Cass R. Sunstein
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Released: March 18, 2014

"Sunstein seemingly never runs out of ideas. Many of them are solid, some of them are debatable and a few are even provocative, but calling them "dangerous" says more about the bankrupt state of our current civic dialogue than it does about the author and his ideas."
Supposedly controversial essays from an allegedly dangerous man. Read full book review >
SHADOW WARFARE by Larry Hancock
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Released: March 18, 2014

"Readers who care about the intentions of the Founders and the niceties of human rights will come away depressed by this grim yet trenchant portrait of American imperial reach—and overreach."
Congress declares war, right? Constitutionally, yes—but, as intelligence analysts Hancock and Wexler (The Awful Grace of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., 2012) write, there's a reason it doesn't. Read full book review >

THE LOST SPRING by Walid Phares
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Released: March 18, 2014

"Alarmist and unlikely to convince readers who don't already share the author's views."
Phares (The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East, 2010, etc.) argues that the Obama administration has squandered a good opportunity for spreading democracy across the Middle East and checking Islamism. Read full book review >
BORDER PATROL NATION by Todd Miller
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Released: March 18, 2014

"An unsettling but important read."
Solid, absorbing reportage on the government's racist and constitutionally questionable notions of border security in the post-9/11 world. Read full book review >
BENDING ADVERSITY by David Pilling
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Released: March 17, 2014

"The author's articulate and diverse interviewees—scholars and teenagers, housewives and politicians—vividly and passionately testify to Japan's cultural contradictions, ambitions and strategies for survival."
A sweeping view of contemporary Japan portrays its complexities and potential for change. Read full book review >

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! by Arun Kundnani
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Released: March 14, 2014

"Kundnani frankly and refreshingly moves away from ideological symptoms and toward political causes in tackling extremism."
A widely researched argument about why the war on terror will have no success unless the West stops blaming Islam and starts locating the roots of political dissent. Read full book review >
OVERWHELMED by Brigid Schulte
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Released: March 11, 2014

"An eye-opening analysis of today's hectic lifestyles coupled with valuable practical advice on how to make better use of each day."
An examination of how to change how you use your time. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SINS OF WALL STREET by Bob Ivry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

""America needs strong banks," writes Ivry. "But banks need a strong America too." To judge by this angry book, the denizens of Wall Street are doing all they can to obstruct this—and it's high time to return the favor."
A reporter for Bloomberg News, no enemy of capitalism, reads a fiduciary riot act to the bankers and hedge fund managers of the world. Read full book review >
THE TRAGEDY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION by George Soros
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"For economics and policy wonks, to be sure, but with interesting insights into the functioning of one of the world's most powerful—and potentially far more so—economic blocs."
Can the European Union be saved? So ponders financier Soros (Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States, 2012, etc.), who fears that the unifying project of the euro "has gone badly wrong." Read full book review >
HOUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE by Michael Gross
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Released: March 11, 2014

"An incisive but somewhat tedious report of New York's "new money.""
Travel + Leisure contributing editor Gross' (Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles, 2011, etc.) latest chronicle of the .01 percent shifts to the other side of Central Park. Read full book review >
JUST FREEDOM by Philip Pettit
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Released: March 10, 2014

"Pettit's logical and humane yet ultimately utopian approach to human organizations will leave many muttering, "If only!""
Pettit (Politics and Human Values/Princeton Univ.; On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, 2013, etc.) offers some clear definitions of justice and freedom and suggests what those definitions have meant in history—and could mean in the contemporary world. Read full book review >
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Released: March 4, 2014

Plato returns to 21st-century America in this witty, inventive, genre-bending work by MacArthur Fellow Goldstein (36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, 2010, etc.).

As the author imagines him, Plato is an intense, curious visitor from ancient Greece who is touring the country to promote his famous tract, The Republic. He lands first in Mountain View, Calif., where he is scheduled to speak to the staff of Google but gets waylaid by an employee who engages him in a conversation about truth, beauty, goodness and justice. Read full book review >