Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

DEMON CAMP by Jennifer Percy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Percy wields language with admirable restraint, but her poetic gifts might be better served in fiction."
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop turns her sights on the dark story of a soldier with PTSD who is haunted by his demons. Read full book review >
DUTY by Robert M. Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A smart and plainspoken—if sometimes obviously self-serving—insider's view of the military-industrial-governmental complex. Sure to spark plenty of discussion inside the Beltway."
Former Secretary of Defense Gates doesn't exactly bare all in this politically charged memoir, but he doesn't pull many punches, either. Read full book review >

THE GLOBAL WAR FOR INTERNET GOVERNANCE by Laura DeNardis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A rigorous exploration of obscure but important issues with potentially global effects."
A guide to the hidden battles for control of the Internet. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A practical and impassioned parenting guide."
With the assistance of Beard (Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide, 2012, etc.), independent filmmakers Brewster and Stephenson examine concrete ways black parents can enhance their sons' potential for success in a world prejudiced against black males. Read full book review >
STRINGER by Anjan Sundaram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Books by journalists usually keep the focus outward, but Sundaram has more of a novelist's interior sensibility and a talent for describing anxiety and ennui. Readers may be tempted to compare him to Conrad and Naipaul, but he has a strong, unique style all his own."
The former Associated Press stringer in Kinshasa details his year of living dangerously amid the chaos of post-Mobutu Congo. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As fair and balanced as a solar-plexus punch can be."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist summarizes and analyzes the reasons the press, prior to the 2008 mortgage crisis, failed to pursue some obvious villains. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A somewhat strident but important call to action."
Blue Planet Project founder Barlow (Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, 2008, etc.) reports on a significant victory in the fight to establish the human right to water but warns that there is much left to do. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A book from a man who clearly loved his job and, readers conclude, served the agency and his country well."
At the intersection of politics, law and national security—from "protect us at all costs" to "what the hell have you guys been up to, anyway?"—a lawyer's life in the CIA. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A bold, intimate, welcome examination of reconciling one's faith in America."
One woman's personal examination of Muslim and American values. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An important book that could have been much better with improved writing and greater insider sharing by Doyle."
A former Wall Street insider excoriates the current nonsystem of alleged self-regulation and weak government regulation in the finance industry. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Provocative reading: a bad-case, if not worst-case, scenario that portends tough times ahead. Let's hope Dent is erring on the side of pessimism."
Talk about timing the market: Demographer Dent (The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash Following the Greatest Boom in History, 2009, etc.) studies generational trends that suggest hard times are in store, particularly for younger people entering the workforce. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A solid memoir of political lives from both sides of the spectrum."
A strangely compelling dueling memoir by the improbably matched political couple. Read full book review >