Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

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
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
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Released: March 11, 2014

An elaborate, prudish philosophical program for combating the moral meaninglessness of modern life. 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 >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Moving from jazz to the late Moroccan pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail."
A multilayered story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. Read full book review >
THE NEXT AMERICA by Paul Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An authoritative report and required reading for policymakers."
An incisive survey of vast recent changes in American society and the ever-wider generation gap between baby boomers and millennials. Read full book review >
UPRISING by Sally Armstrong
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Released: March 4, 2014

"Women of all persuasions will appreciate Armstrong's in-depth, passionate exploration of this important topic."
A Canadian journalist and human rights activist chronicles the acts of empowerment undertaken by women and girls across the globe against inequities and acts of brutality, which have been perpetrated against them for decades. Read full book review >