Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Credible—and potentially useful to many."
Conscientious, literate help for the ``millions of Americans'' who suffer from money-centered addictions. ``Like food and sex,'' says therapist Boundy, ``money is a powerful psychic symbol'' as well as a common focus of cravings. Read full book review >
A WOMAN'S WORTH by Marianne Williamson
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

``In writing this book I have no purpose other than a creative spill of my own guts,'' proclaims Williamson at the start of these seven inspirational essays aimed at resurrecting the sacred feminine in today's women. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

"In the tradition of old-fashioned muckraking journalism- -clear in its anger and in its call for change—and sure to evoke heated responses from psychiatrists and their allies."
An eye-opening journey into the world of children in residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, and other therapeutic institutional settings. Read full book review >
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF IDEAS by Bill Backer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Persuasive texts in this genre are few and far between, indeed. (Illustrations—not seen)"
Songwriting adman Backer (as in Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide) tells, in some detail, how he did it. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 28, 1993

"Low on organization but high in appeal, particularly to feminists. (For a less gender-specific—and sharper—discussion of the relative morality of truth-telling, see David Nyberg's The Varnished Truth, p. 124.)"
The author of The Dance of Anger (1989) and The Dance of Intimacy (1990) completes her trilogy. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1993

Like the two previous volumes from these collaborators (The King Within and The Warrior Within, both 1992), this one urges men to take control of their lives and to enjoy the knowledge within, in this case by emphasizing mastery of the culture's power, imagination, and technology—a stimulating prospect undermined by graceless writing. Read full book review >
MEN, WOMEN, AND AGGRESSION by Anne Campbell
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 14, 1993

"But, overall, this is a clearly stated volume on why men and women differ in their aggressive behavior: It owes more—at least according to Campbell—to the imperatives of the schoolyard than to DNA."
A karate course and a key chain with a Mace backup are not enough to bridge the gap between men's and women's capacity for aggression, according to the author of this intriguing study. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 14, 1993

"Even sex, it seems, can be dull."
From the files of a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist: ten uninteresting cases centering on sexual problems. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Moving from legal ethics to receptive aphasics responding to a Reagan speech, from The Hedgehog and the Fox to Honest Andrew, this isn't philosophy-made-simple but a spirited, accessible challenge to basic assumptions about what constitutes moral conduct."
Is truth-telling morally overrated? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Tuan is a connoisseur of the arcane tidbit, but synthesis is not his forte."
Tuan (Geography/University of Wisconsin at Madison) attempts to elevate the idea of the aesthetic to what he considers its proper place in the social context, in particular to its place as the impetus behind the formation and sustaining of cultural systems. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"MPSLUGetc Like Dad's good advice, but, despite real effort on the author's part, still delivered with too much dull oatmeal and yucky vitamins."
How to become a mensch—a decent person—is the question posed by Halberstam (Philosophy/NYU) in this slim volume marbled with insight and clichÇ. ``Relax,'' recommends Halberstam. ``You won't find any preaching here.'' But the man does preach, or at least offer pounds of avuncular advice, perhaps the necessary price of writing on morality. Read full book review >
TRUE HALLUCINATIONS by Terence McKenna
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Here's one man who proudly—even passionately—inhaled."
Readers of Food of the Gods (1992) will recall McKenna's diverting claim that the ingestion in ancient times of hallucinogenic mushrooms spurred human consciousness into wakefulness and sophistication. 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 >