Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A passionate, intensely engaging portrait of the group's initial mission, as well as the terrible personal lifelong toll the struggle took."
A new look at the injustice visited on a group of African-American high school students engaged in the battle for desegregation in the public schools. Read full book review >
THE COLLAPSE OF PARENTING by Leonard Sax
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"With the author's solid advice, parents have a good shot at achieving these goals."
A comprehensive breakdown of where parents have gone awry and how they can get back on track to teach virtue and character to their children. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A studious, provocative hodgepodge of history, conspiracy theory, and philosophy that's heavier on vitriol than veritas."
Debut author Divjak attempts to rebut Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2015 prizewinning memoir Between the World and Me.Read full book review >
WHAT KIND OF CREATURES ARE WE? by Noam Chomsky
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Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Comprising lectures on distinctly separate topics, this short volume skims the surface of the diversity and complexity of Chomsky's expertise."
Chomsky (Emeritus, Linguistics and Philosophy/MIT; Because We Say So, 2015, etc.) reflects broadly on the nature of language, the limits of human cognition, and our role as social creatures in furthering the common good. Read full book review >
WHISTLEBLOWER'S DILEMMA by Richard Rashke
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Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A thoughtful beginning, though only a sketch. The banality of evil is on full display, so conspiracy-minded readers may find it of interest."
An attempt at comparative whistleblower-ology, limning similarities in the short but memorable career of Karen Silkwood and the ongoing, unfolding story of Edward Snowden. Read full book review >

THIS IS WHY YOU'RE SINGLE by Laura Lane
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Definitely not your mother's guide to finding the perfect guy: at once hilarious and seriously practical."
Cutting-edge dating advice for millennial women. Read full book review >
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
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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 >
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 >