Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

THE FALL OF LANGUAGE IN THE AGE OF ENGLISH by Minae Mizumura
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A best-seller in Japan, Mizumura's essay is likely to find only a narrow audience here, but that does not diminish its urgency in the least."
Are these the last days of writers writing in Finnish, Catalan, Japanese and other languages? This slender book finds reason to worry that with English as the "universal language," national literatures will disappear. Read full book review >
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL by Jessica Neuwirth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Neuwirth makes a good case that ratification is the right thing to do, but her matter-of-fact style won't do much to rally the troops."
A legal manifesto to revive the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A solid resource for parents and educators working with middle school girls; the program goals can be adapted to other issues."
Leadership consultant Radin's debut book describes her after-school program that empowers middle school girls through animal rescue. The book was co-authored by health and fitness writer Goldman (Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth about Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the "Perfect" Body, 2006, etc.).Read full book review >
BOOM, BUST, EXODUS by Chad Broughton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Though somewhat academic and consistently grim, Broughton's book provides ample documentation of a central truth of late-American history—namely, that capital has no country."
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. As this sociological study shows, that, at least, is what they tell the eggs. Read full book review >
HOW WE ARE by Vincent Deary
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A psychologist puts humanity on the client's couch, but a cure seems unlikely."
Thoughts on the human condition from a cognitive psychologist-turned-armchair philosopher. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Although the prose can plod, the information and insights engage in a rousing race for the end zone."
Three academics from Marquette University, one of whom (Koonce) is a former NFL player, apply some sociological techniques to analyzing the situations of ex-NFL players. Read full book review >
ONLY ONE THING CAN SAVE US by Thomas Geoghegan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A manifesto that provokes even when it doesn't convince and tempers its broadsides with humor and a conversational style."
A union lawyer offers radical prescriptions to resuscitate a moribund labor movement. Read full book review >
THEY EAT HORSES, DON'T THEY? by Piu Marie Eatwell
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Entertaining mini-essays that debunk common idealized conceptions of the French."
In this debut, Eatwell pulls back the veil on France and French culture, exposing the truth behind 45 myths that have swirled around the French for ages. Read full book review >
CAUGHT by Marie Gottschalk
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 7, 2014

"A needed cry for justice, though perhaps unlikely to be heeded in this noisy second Gilded Age."
Of "punitive sentiments and punitive policies"—a searching study of the explosion of American prisons, seemingly one of the nation's only growth industry. Read full book review >
ALL EYES ARE UPON US by Jason Sokol
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"With sharp research and insights, Sokol follows this blithe and self-congratulatory legacy through the election of President Barack Obama."
Sokol (History/Univ. of New Hampshire; There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975, 2006) exposes the troubled truth about the North's racial integration.Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Well-handled by Davis: both heart gladdening and a challenge to start making sense of national immigration policy."
The story of four high schoolers from the wrong side of Phoenix who built a robot, entered it in a national competition that included such prestigious schools as MIT, and won. Read full book review >
GAY BERLIN by Robert Beachy
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A brave new work of compelling research."
An elucidating, somewhat startling study of how early German tolerance and liberalism encouraged homosexual expression. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >