Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While Ulrich creates an absorbing history of intimate lives, individuals' religious passions and acceptance of polygamy remain mysterious."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian investigates women's power and agency within the early Mormon community. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY BETRAYED by William W. Keller
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Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though without the rhetorical fire of Noam Chomsky or Naomi Klein, Keller makes a spirited case for preferring untrammeled freedom to managed and monitored safety."
"Liberty must always be privileged over security": a persuasive cri de coeur from a national security expert. Read full book review >

TALKING BACK, TALKING BLACK by John McWhorter
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Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A vibrant separation of an African-American vernacular tradition from the thickets of contemporary racial debate."
A compact, lively defense of the grammatical legitimacy of "Black English." Read full book review >
ECONOMISM by James Kwak
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Do the better angels of our nature demand double-digit profit? For a soft-path, smart refutation, Kwak's book is just the ticket."
A spry manifesto that dismantles the many suppositions of modern economic theory. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Accessible, highly effective methods for raising well-behaved children."
Advice for parents on handling toddlers to pre-tweens. Read full book review >

THE UNBANKING OF AMERICA by Lisa Servon
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Servon's approachable if somewhat academic study is an indictment of a financial structure bent on large returns at the expense of all else, but it also offers hope for ways around that ravenous system."
Banks seldom have much green money these days—and not many customers, either. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the story suffers somewhat in the telling, Starr is proud of his accomplishments, and he deserves to be."
One man's amazing accomplishment in founding a school amid a series of daunting challenges. Read full book review >
THE CRUNK FEMINIST COLLECTION by Brittney C. Cooper
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A valuable record of the collective's contributions to a growing cultural awareness of feminist issues and criticism, particularly for women of color."
A collection of feminist essays on sex, gender, pop culture, politics, and friendship. Read full book review >
Technocracy in America by Parag Khanna
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A refreshingly original contribution to the ongoing analysis of the American political system."
A radical reappraisal of democracy and its decline in the United States. Read full book review >
THE EGYPTIANS by Jack Shenker
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Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt."
A sharp jab at the neoliberal economics adopted by Egypt over the last decades, which ultimately spurred grass-roots revolt. Read full book review >
RADICALIZATION by Farhad Khosrokhavar
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Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A timely, systematic breakdown of thee reasons for radicalization."
A French scholar delineates the attractions of violent extremism, specifically jihadi Islam. Read full book review >
SPARK by Angie Morgan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A straightforward presentation that promotes values of conduct most of us would be proud to share."
Three former U.S. military officers advocate for transferring military leadership methods into the civilian business sector and beyond. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >