Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 2014

"'Our view is…a deeply cynical one,' write the authors, and is 'unlikely to change anything about how people argue publicly about their preferred policies.' However, this disturbing book may provoke debate, dismay and considerable anger."
An examination of how selfishness and self-deception characterize political thinking. Read full book review >
THE VULGAR TONGUE by Jonathon Green
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"In this abundantly detailed history, Green argues that a counterlanguage will always exist, providing a voice for the marginalized and expressing deep—and sometimes dark—human needs."
A lexicographer chronicles the language of the streets. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Despite irritating scholarly touches such as footnotes mixed in with text, Sussman delivers a lucidly written, eye-opening account of a nasty sociological battle that the good guys have been winning for a century without eliminating a very persistent enemy."
In this earnest, often angry history of a hot-button subject, Sussman (Physical Anthropology/Washington Univ.; co-author: Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution, 2005) argues that "biological races do not exist among modern humans and they have never existed in the past." Read full book review >
IMPOLITE CONVERSATIONS by Cora Daniels
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Lively discussion, occasionally sloppy prose and refreshing candor from two keen observers."
Two accomplished black professionals alternate outspoken, provocative views that revolve around race relations in America. Read full book review >
BLACKBALLED by Darryl Pinckney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Not a manifesto but a thoughtful examination of ideas that others have been circulating."
A slim volume of two essays that challenge the very notion of a "post-racial" America. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A pertinent, useful study of significant trends in the American political landscape."
An examination of how, "in the twenty-first century, American politics will be shaped, in large measure, by how Latinos are incorporated into the political system." Read full book review >
THE SOCIAL LIFE OF MONEY by Nigel Dodd
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 28, 2014

"An exhaustive analysis of money as a complex social process—not a thing—that will appeal to scholars in many fields."
A sociologist takes a broad new view of the nature, value and history of money. Read full book review >
A PATH APPEARS by Nicholas D. Kristof
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"The authors deliver a profound message that packs a wallop."
A primer on "finding innovative and effective ways to give back," from Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalists Kristof and WuDunn (Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Comprehensive research underlies this compelling, highly emotional and profoundly important story."
A novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter explores with nearly Javert-ian persistence one of the early cases of traffic fatalities caused by texting while driving.
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THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL by Jenny Nordberg
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An intelligent and timely exploration into contemporary Afghanistan."
A journalist's fascinating study of the Afghan subculture of young girls raised to be boys. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Alexander's love affair with French, he concludes in this wry and warmhearted memoir, has reaped unexpected rewards."
A charming memoir by a passionate Francophile. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH by Stephen Seager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A chilling account of a livelihood spent curating the criminally psychotic."
Board-certified psychiatrist Seager (Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy, 2000, etc.) recounts his 12 harrowing months at Northern California's Napa State Hospital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >