Psychology Book Reviews (page 4)

WAKING UP FROM WAR by Joseph Bobrow
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A sincere, prescriptive text on a vital subject that deserves a stronger treatment."
A practitioner of diverse palliative arts considers the towering problem of war-inflicted trauma on military members, their families, and the community. Read full book review >
SOUL MACHINE by George Makari
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"An erudite book that reveals how and why the understanding of consciousness still eludes us."
Throughout Western history, the nature of humans' inner lives has vexed philosophers, physicians, scientists, and theologians. Makari (Psychiatry/Weill Cornell Medical Coll.; Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis, 2008) offers a thorough examination of debates about soul, spirit, and what we now call "mind." Read full book review >

Sleep Secrets by Ronald M. Bazar
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 14, 2015

"A layperson's guide to possible impediments to successful sleep, including a variety of natural cures that lack strong scientific backing."
A guide to overcoming sleep problems, offering solutions that range from the ordinary to the esoteric. Read full book review >
NONSENSE by Jamie Holmes
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"The author's bright anecdotes and wide-ranging research stories are certain to please many readers."
New America Foundation Future Tense fellow Holmes, a former research coordinator in the department of economics at Harvard, debuts with a provocative analysis of the roots of uncertainty. Read full book review >
FOOLPROOF by Greg Ip
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A provocative challenge to the tendency to elevate ideology over thoughtfulness. The author amply shows how 'stability is blissful, but it may also be illusory, hiding the buildup of hidden risks or nurturing behavior that will bring the stability to an end.'"
Societies and economies "are not inherently stable," writes Wall Street Journal chief economics commentator Ip (The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World, 2010) in this eye-opening book about risk-taking and crisis.Read full book review >

THE TRUTH by Neil Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Some readers may have no sympathy for the author, but he delivers an emotionally charged, provocative memoir of a man learning to confront his sexual demons."
Rolling Stone scribe and infamous Lothario Strauss (Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness, 2011, etc.) chronicles a lascivious seesaw battle between monogamy and debauchery. Read full book review >
HOMEFRONT 911 by Stacy Bannerman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An activist, Bannerman has set up programs for women, drafted legislation, and testified before congressional committees. Here, she takes her message to a broader public in a disturbing cry for help."
"Attention must be paid" is the demand being made by a woman who knows from hard experience what it is like to be married to a combat veteran with PTSD. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Conclusion: an unproven but undoubtedly provocative case. Expect dissent and discussion."
A pitch for infections as a major cause of mental illness, arguing for a paradigm shift from mainstream psychiatric doctrine. Read full book review >
Bouncing Forward by Michaela Haas
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An often masterful hybrid of self-help and firsthand history."
Haas (Dakini Power, 2013) offers a combination of science reportage, memoir, and advice on the subject of trauma.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"A mixed bag but of interest to health policy wonks and activists."
A scion of an American dynasty recounts years of addiction, mental illness, and family dysfunction—matters that, as the title suggests, are altogether too ordinary. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Fascinating and terrifying portraits of saints and ministers of grace."
A New Yorker staff writer delves into the strange lives and curious mindsets of extreme altruists. Read full book review >
SCREAM by Margee Kerr
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Kerr frames her colorful narrative of her scientific objectives with autobiographical details of her own thrill-seeking experiences."
The author's quest to understand the psychology of thrill-seeking and fear. 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 >