Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge—good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates."
The former secretary of defense offers insights into being an effective leader. Read full book review >
THE <i>DEFENDER</i> by Ethan Michaeli
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A pertinent, well-fashioned American success saga."
This chronicle of the influential black Chicago newspaper simultaneously tracks the important issues pertaining to African-American history from the turn of the 19th century. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 26, 2015

"A passionate, well-intentioned, but at times superficial exploration of the fight for women's equality, the barriers to achieving it, and strategies for working toward it."
A motivational call to arms on the subject of women's equality. Read full book review >
Crossroads by Christopher Conte
Released: June 3, 2015

"A strong collection of memoiristic writing that illuminates African womanhood while blending diverse styles and experiences."
Conte, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, collects 15 autobiographical essays by Ugandan women that question stereotypes of African femininity. Read full book review >
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 >

TRACE by Lauret Savoy
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Springing from the literal Earth to metaphor, Savoy demonstrates the power of narrative to erase as easily as it reveals, yielding a provocative, eclectic exposé of the palimpsest historically defining the U.S. as much as any natural or man-made boundary."
An earth scientist explores the broad historical branches extending from her own roots. Read full book review >
War: A Crime Against Humanity by Roberto Vivo
Released: April 25, 2015

"An important contribution to the study of both war and peace.
A sweeping history of war and peace—and an impassioned call to choose the latter over the former. Read full book review >
WAKING UP FROM WAR by Joseph Bobrow
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A sincere, prescriptive text on a vital subject that deserves a stronger treatment."
A practitioner of diverse palliative arts considers the towering problem of war-inflicted trauma on military members, their families, and the community. Read full book review >
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 >
THE COSMOPOLITES by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A slim but powerful book of great interest to students of international law and current events."
Swiss-Canadian-Iranian journalist Abrahamian looks closely at modern internationality and the legal liminality that can accompany it. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Not without its flaws, but a good choice for fans of David Halberstam's The Amateurs (1985), Daniel Boyne's The Red Rose Crew (2000), and similar books."
A brightly told story of the triumph of underdogs. Read full book review >
AND STILL I RISE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A must for the look-it-up shelf and a poignant reminder of how far we have come—and have yet to go."
A stirring chronology of advances—and some backward steps—in the long struggle for African-American civil rights. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >