Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 6)

THE KIDNEY SELLERS by Sigrid Fry-Revere
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A compelling case for an unorthodox solution to a widespread health care problem."
Fry-Revere (The Accountability of Bioethics Committees and Consultants, 1993), the founder of a nonprofit bioethics think tank, goes to Iran to study the effects of legalizing compensation for organ donors. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A solid work for both privacy freaks and anyone seeking tips on such matters as how to strengthen passwords (make them longer and avoid simple dictionary words)."
A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist describes today's world of indiscriminate surveillance and tries to evade it. Read full book review >

THERMONUCLEAR MONARCHY by Elaine Scarry
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Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"An important discussion that deserves a more disciplined presentation."
Nuclear weaponry has stealthily altered the substance of our form of government, contends Scarry (Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value/Harvard Univ.; Thinking in an Emergency, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
KICKING THE KREMLIN by Marc Bennetts
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Bennetts insightfully portrays a Russia on the cusp of popular revolt."
Engagingly grim, frequently absurdist portrait of Vladimir Putin and the popular protests against him, which are gaining steam. Read full book review >
RUSSIANS by Gregory Feifer
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Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Dark but skillfully painted pictures at an exhibition."
Former NPR Moscow correspondent Feifer (The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan, 2009) returns with an analysis of the Russian character derived from his family history and many years of research and travels. Read full book review >

LETHAL BUT LEGAL by Nicholas Freudenberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A richly detailed account of how corporate power has been used to corrupt health and well-being, along with excellent advice on what readers can do about it."
A call to arms to fight the "corporate consumption complex," offering strategies and resources that can be enlisted in the fight. Read full book review >
THE MEAT RACKET by Christopher Leonard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An authoritative look at a ruthlessly efficient system."
An engrossing report on the industrialized American meat business. Read full book review >
THE NEWS by Alain de Botton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"How does news shape our thoughts and lives? That's a significant question, but de Botton's musings fall short of a serious response."
Philosophical gadfly de Botton (How to Think More About Sex, 2012, etc.) has ruminated, delightfully and often incisively, on the meaning of status, architecture, travel, Proust, sex, work, religion and love. Now he turns his attention to the news industry. Read full book review >
UNLEASHING THE SECOND AMERICAN CENTURY by Joel Kurtzman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Great booster writing offering many exciting possibilities for America's future."
Fasten your seat belts. If Kurtzman (Startups that Work: Surprising Research on What Makes or Breaks a New Company, 2005, etc.) is right, the American economy is fueled for an unprecedented takeoff into a new era of economic growth. Read full book review >
THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR by Haroon K. Ullah
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Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ullah ends his engrossing book on a note of guarded optimism: "[F]amilies, like entire nations, must sometimes have to withstand the toughest trials and endure almost beyond endurance.""
On-the-ground look at how terrorism has come to shape the way ordinary middle-class Pakistani families navigate their daily lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A harrowing personal journey of courageous self-empowerment during wartime."
Fiery, insightful memoir from the former Iraqi translator who fought alongside U.S. Special Forces during the recent war in Iraq. Read full book review >
THE SNOWDEN FILES by Luke Harding
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Whether you view Snowden's act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first resort."
A newsworthy, must-read book about what prompted Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on his former employer, the National Security Agency, and what likely awaits him for having done so. Read full book review >