Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Nevertheless, this is a captivating portrait of the struggle between labor and capital during a formative period in the quest for workers' rights."
One of the most influential Americans you never heard of rides the crest of a labor uprising in Gilded Age New York City. Read full book review >
PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE by Wednesday Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Sometimes funny but effective for the same reason a Birkin is: it's designed for a certain group of people, and likely them alone."
A look at the social rites and rituals of downtown Manhattan through the eyes of former New York Post contributor Martin (Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

NAKED AT LUNCH by Mark Haskell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A thoughtful and entertaining analysis of why so many still want to ditch their clothes and let it all hang out."
An open-minded writer drops his skivvies at various locations around the world in an amusing and earnest attempt to understand the appeal of nudism. Read full book review >
THE FULL CATASTROPHE by James Angelos
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 2, 2015

"A candid, unsparing look at the challenges Greece has yet to overcome."
Endemic problems plague a proud country. Read full book review >
ALTRUISM by Matthieu Ricard
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 2, 2015

"Inspirational in all the right ways but a challenge to get through it all."
An overlong but vigorous gloss on the Dalai Lama's famous remark, "My religion is kindness." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Schneiderhan leaves it to us to continue the journey these two began. His work, like theirs, is inspiring."
Schneiderhan's (Sociology/Univ. of Toronto) biographical comparison of Jane Addams (1860-1935) and Barack Obama illustrates how little has changed regarding the difficulties of community building. Read full book review >
THE DAD REPORT by Kevin Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"An enjoyable exploration of baseball, fatherhood, and how 'there's something special about the way families share the game.'"
Stories of fathers, their sons, and a way forward for the troubled game of baseball. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT by Benjamin Hedin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2015

"Thoughtful essays on this significant struggle, ongoing and continuous."
A journalistic foray into the work of unsung heroes in the civil rights struggle, then and now. Read full book review >
GEEK HERESY by Kentaro Toyama
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 26, 2015

"A white paper largely of interest to education theorists and aid specialists, with occasional asides for the Jaron Lanier/Nicholas Carr crowd."
A well-meaning but arid argument, by a former Microsoft executive and current MIT fellow, against the presumed Trojan horses of technology. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF THE MARIONETTE by John Gray
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 19, 2015

"A brief, elliptical inquiry designed to raise more questions than anyone could answer."
Within the debate between Christian and atheist authors, here come the Gnostics. Read full book review >
THE WELL-TUNED BRAIN by Peter C. Whybrow
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 18, 2015

"'To reshape the future we need first to better understand and reshape ourselves,' writes Whybrow, and he offers a running start."
Whybrow (Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior/UCLA; American Mania: When More Is Not Enough, 2005) addresses significant issues related to the navigation toward a more meaningful life.Read full book review >
MISBEHAVING by Richard H. Thaler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 2015

"Readers with even the remotest interest in how the world really works will enjoy this work of the dismal science pleasingly, and even exuberantly, done."
The dean of behavioral economics—the study of how people behave in practice rather than in theory when it comes to dollars and cents—gives a spry account of his field. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >