Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

HOUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE by Michael Gross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"An incisive but somewhat tedious report of New York's "new money.""
Travel + Leisure contributing editor Gross' (Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles, 2011, etc.) latest chronicle of the .01 percent shifts to the other side of Central Park. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR PEKPEK by Andrew L. Mack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A genuine adventure that often reads more like a report than a story."
A scientist looks back at his fascinating career and offers a pointed critique of mainstream conservation organizations. Read full book review >

JUST FREEDOM by Philip Pettit
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 10, 2014

"Pettit's logical and humane yet ultimately utopian approach to human organizations will leave many muttering, "If only!""
Pettit (Politics and Human Values/Princeton Univ.; On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, 2013, etc.) offers some clear definitions of justice and freedom and suggests what those definitions have meant in history—and could mean in the contemporary world. Read full book review >
BEYOND CONFLICT by Timothy Phillips
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 10, 2014

"An engaging book from an organization with an important, hopeful story to share."
A conflict-resolution organization looks back on the 20 years since its founding. Read full book review >
THE NAKED FUTURE by Patrick Tucker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 6, 2014

"A well-written consideration of how, "in the next two decades, we will be able to predict huge areas of the future with far greater accuracy than ever before in human history, including events long thought to be beyond the realm of human interference.""
An upbeat view of big data as an empowering means for predicting the future. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2014

 

A compendium of lighthearted, of-the-moment essays that address the many ups and downs of life at 50.

The former co-host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS, humorist Gurwitch (co-author: You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story, 2010, etc.) opens her new collection by lamenting the onslaught of AARP solicitations ("At a glance, I thought it might be an ad for white-collar prison uniforms") that began showing up on her 49th birthday. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

Plato returns to 21st-century America in this witty, inventive, genre-bending work by MacArthur Fellow Goldstein (36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, 2010, etc.).

As the author imagines him, Plato is an intense, curious visitor from ancient Greece who is touring the country to promote his famous tract, The Republic. He lands first in Mountain View, Calif., where he is scheduled to speak to the staff of Google but gets waylaid by an employee who engages him in a conversation about truth, beauty, goodness and justice. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mishmash, but even those who don't have children and have never lived in Miami or searched for a Wi-Fi connection in the Israeli desert will appreciate Barry's lighthearted absurdity."
Another wide-ranging collection of funny essays about parenting—and "grammar, sex, camels, women, brain surgery, sex with women, how to become a professional author, airlines, Justin Bieber and death"—by best-selling humorist Barry (Insane City, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
JO FROST'S TODDLER RULES by Jo Frost
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Common-sense and practical advice on raising young children by an expert in the field."
The Supernanny delivers a guidebook to aid parents with rambunctious toddlers. Read full book review >
THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS by William Easterly
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"A sharply written polemic intended to stir up debate about the aims of global anti-poverty campaigns."
Easterly (Economics/New York Univ.; The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, 2006, etc.) delivers a scathing assault on the anti-poverty programs associated with both the United Nations and its political and private sector supporters. Read full book review >
THE RISE by Sarah Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Creativity, like genius, is inexplicable, but Lewis' synthesis of history, biography and psychological research offers a thoughtful response to the question of how new ideas happen."
In her nonfiction debut, curator and arts consultant Lewis (Painting and Printmaking/Yale Univ.) takes on the broad topic of creativity. Read full book review >
THE NEXT AMERICA by Paul Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An authoritative report and required reading for policymakers."
An incisive survey of vast recent changes in American society and the ever-wider generation gap between baby boomers and millennials. Read full book review >