Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

STONED by Aja Raden
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A lively, incisive cultural and social history."
A jewelry designer and historian's account of how the desire for diamonds, gold, and other precious stones and metals has shaped history. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Some common-sense advice on how to attain wisdom when dealing with people and situations."
Social psychology as self-help, from getting along better with your colleagues and employees to saving the planet and securing peace in the Middle East. Read full book review >

LIVING BLACK by Mark S. Fleisher
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A brief, accessible academic study suitable for a general readership."
A cultural anthropology professor's intriguing story of the six years he spent observing the daily lives of poor blacks in a Midwestern ghetto. Read full book review >
ABOUT WOMEN by Lisa Alther
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Entertaining, informative conversations between two women friends."
Two longtime friends discuss their lives and the world around them. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The author is not much of a prose stylist, but he gives enough historical evidence to back the theory that political and social change are in the hands of activists willing to make a stand against conventional practices."
Thoughts on how "alternative institutions" could revamp American society. Read full book review >

Wise Advice for Caregivers by Diana S. Davis
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A brief but thorough introduction to the basics of in-home caregiving, addressing both practical and spiritual topics."
A manual for professionals, friends, and families responsible for the care of aging or disabled individuals. Read full book review >
THE CON MEN by Terry Williams
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers."
Two sociology professors' survey of New York con artists and how these reviled but crafty opportunists manage to make a living in the city's informal economy. Read full book review >
THE COSMOPOLITES by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A slim but powerful book of great interest to students of international law and current events."
Swiss-Canadian-Iranian journalist Abrahamian looks closely at modern internationality and the legal liminality that can accompany it. Read full book review >
TRACE by Lauret Savoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Springing from the literal Earth to metaphor, Savoy demonstrates the power of narrative to erase as easily as it reveals, yielding a provocative, eclectic exposé of the palimpsest historically defining the U.S. as much as any natural or man-made boundary."
An earth scientist explores the broad historical branches extending from her own roots. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A disturbing but necessary book."
An investigative reporter sheds light on a shocking decadeslong sex scandal at a prestigious New York prep school. Read full book review >
LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"As we head into the presidential primary season, Greenberg's book couldn't be timelier, more disturbing for the Republicans, or more challenging for those looking to lead the Democrats."
A prominent Democratic strategist and pollster lays out a reform agenda for the future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >