Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
Mettler (Government/Cornell Univ.; The Submerged State:How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy, 2011, etc.) delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. 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 >

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 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 >
UPRISING by Sally Armstrong
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Women of all persuasions will appreciate Armstrong's in-depth, passionate exploration of this important topic."
A Canadian journalist and human rights activist chronicles the acts of empowerment undertaken by women and girls across the globe against inequities and acts of brutality, which have been perpetrated against them for decades. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Goldstein's bright, ingenious philosophical romp makes Plato not only relevant to our times, but palpably alive."
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.). Read full book review >
INFERNO by Robert A. Ferguson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"An important wake-up call about an emerging crisis that threatens to become a human rights scandal of global proportions."
An eye-opening report about how the United States, with just 5 percent of the world's population, holds 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. Read full book review >
WISE LATINAS by Jennifer De Leon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"The abundance of high-quality material makes the book hard to put down. While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance."
This aptly named collection of essays lives up to its title, a reference to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's quote that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read full book review >
HOW TO BE DANISH by Patrick Kingsley
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though the scope of the book is small and the style conversational, Kingsley renders the quality and complexity of life in Denmark with an outsider's fresh perspective and a journalist's sharp instincts."
A book so engagingly written and incisively reported that it will make readers who have never given a second thought to Denmark give at least passing thought to moving there. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Sparkling history of an artistically spirited age."
Fun, fascinating examination of the moment when American and British culture seemed to lose all inhibitions. Read full book review >
REDEFINING REALNESS by Janet Mock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An enlightening, much-needed perspective on transgender identity."
One woman's authentic memoir about becoming her true self. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"On a highly touchy subject, the authors tread carefully, backing their assertions with copious notes. Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions."
Husband and wife professors at Yale Law School explore why some cultural groups in the United States are generally more successful than others. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >