Book Reviews - Current Affairs
Book Review: “Are Men Obsolete?: The Munk Debate on Gender”
Reviewed By Bethanne Patrick
Hannah Rosin, Maureen Dowd, Caitlin Moran, and Camille Paglia debate the usefulness of guys. more
Book Review: “The Smartest Kids in the World” by Amanda Ripley
Reviewed By John Wilwol
The journalist takes a look at schools around the world. more
Book Review: “Yes, I Could Care Less” by Bill Walsh
Reviewed By John Wilwol
A copyeditor sticking up for good English. more
After the Fall: The “Washington Post’s” Neil Irwin on the Financial Crisis
“The Alchemists” goes inside one of DC's most secret institutions. more
Book Review: “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg
Reviewed By John Wilwol
A Facebook executive offers a lively, inspiring pep talk for workplace success. more
Book Review: “Hidden America” by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Reviewed By John Wilwol
Stories of real Americans who keep the country running. more
Book Review: “As Texas Goes ...” By Gail Collins
Reviewed By John Wilwol
“New York Times” columnist’s book isn't afraid to poke jabs at the politics of the Lone Star State. more
The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood
Reviewed By Drew Bratcher
In The Book of Man, radio host William Bennett serves... more
Fallout: The True Story of the CIA's Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking
Reviewed By Drew Bratcher
When the history of nuclear proliferation is written, the Pakistani... more
The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Define and Inspire Our Country
Reviewed By Kim Eisler
There aren’t many writers who can pull off the high-wire... more
Mrs. Goose Goes to Washington: Nursery Rhymes for the Political Barnyard
Reviewed By Whitney Spivey
Do politics make you cringe, or do politics make... more
Taste: Acquiring What Money Can’t Buy
Reviewed By Ruth Samuelson
Letitia Baldrige seems well qualified to write a book about... more
Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power Into a Threat to America’s Future
Reviewed By Lauren Masterson
“Are we supposed to go to war simply because one... more
Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both
Reviewed by Bethonie Butler In her new book, Laura Sessions Stepp... more
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
Reviewed By Kim Eisler
Bob Woodward’s State of Denial and Thomas Ricks’s Fiasco are... more
The Way Home: A German Childhood, an American Life
Reviewed By Carolyn Murphy
Ernestine Bradley is a German native and naturalized American citizen,... more
The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men
Reviewed By Brooke Lea Foster
Washington author Christina Hoff Sommers has a chip on... more
Speaking of Hillary: A Reader's Guide to the Most Controversial Woman in America
Reviewed By William O'Sullivan
Not only is she arguably the most controversial woman,... more
Casino Moscow: A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalism's Wildest Frontier
Reviewed By Ivan Weiss
 In an exclusive Moscow restaurant, Matthew Brzezinski reflects on... more
The Girls in the Van: Covering Hillary
Reviewed By William O'Sullivan
 No offense to Associated Press writers, but who would have... more
Political Fictions
Reviewed By Daniel Richards
 Didion’s latest essay collection—covering the map from Ronald Reagan to... more
Ambling Into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush
Reviewed By William O'Sullivan
 If you’re expecting a slam job, you’ve either misread... more
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Reviewed By William O'Sullivan
 Fans of public radio’s This American Life know Sarah Vowell’s... more
War Without End: Cultural Conflict and the Struggle for America's Political Future
Reviewed By Jeff Deck
The sweeping concepts in Shogan’s title suggest a pedantic book... more
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
Reviewed By Laura Thomas
 The idea behind attorney and conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s latest... more
Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast
Reviewed By Cristy Lytal
Off Louisiana’s shore, sarcophagi, telephone poles, and drowned oaks... more
No Uncertain Terms: More Writing From the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times Magazine
Reviewed By Eleanor Stables
 Because this is a book of previously published columns, devotees... more
Frontier Justice: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking of America
Reviewed By Rob Blair
For Gulf War veteran and former weapons inspector Scott... more
Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News
Reviewed By Rob Blair
 Young people, Tucker Carlson points out, have a “hair-trigger instinct... more
Imperial America: The Bush Assault on the World Order
Reviewed By Rob Blair
 The title Imperial America seems to dump John Newhouse,... more
Dispatches From the Culture Wars: How the Left Lost Teen Spirit
Reviewed By Nandita Khanna
 “It may seem a little ridiculous for someone like me,... more
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Reviewed By Rob Blair
 Al Franken is like a fifth-grader spitting at neighborhood... more
Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage From India to America
Reviewed By Nandita Khanna
 What began as the author’s interest in the collision of... more
From Bush to Bush: The Lazlo Toth Letters
Reviewed By Rob Blair
 Dear Mr. or Ms. Reader: WELCOME! to my book review of... more
Men in Black Dresses: A Quest for the Future Among Wisdom Makers of the Middle East
Reviewed By Allison Melia
 When Seng, a strung-out graduate student, met the dying... more
Slate’s Field Guide to the Candidates 2004
Reviewed By Rob Blair
 Between campaign Web sites, newspapers, magazines, and TV, resources abound... more
The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age
Reviewed By William O'Sullivan
 The Naked Crowd is George Washington University law professor Jeffrey... more
How Israel Lost: The Four Questions
Reviewed By Kim Eisler
The preservation and security of Israel is the unifying issue... more
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
Reviewed By Rob Blair
The stories are, by now, familiar. “The man who washes... more
Children at War
Reviewed By Mayank S. Bubna
P.W. Singer’s eye-opening book serves as a platform to reassess... more
God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It
Reviewed By Jason M. Breslow
If the 2004 election taught us anything, it was how... more
Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
Reviewed By Garrett M. Graff
In Anthony Shadid’s masterful book, it’s easy to tell when... more
The Republican War on Science
Reviewed By Chris Wilson
If the title of Chris Mooney’s first book isn’t hint... more