Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 6)

BATTLE OVER OBAMACARE by Brendan W. Williams
Released: May 1, 2018

"Another volume of adroit, unclouded analysis."
A thorough overview of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in its later years. Read full book review >
WHAT MY LEFT HAND WAS DOING by Joann  Castle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"An edifying blend of American history and personal reflection."
Debut author Castle recounts a life devoted to social activism in the tumultuous 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >

THE PEACEMAKERS by Bruce W. Jentleson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"An informative addition to the burgeoning field of leadership studies."
With John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage as a model, Jentleson (Public Policy and Political Science/Duke Univ.; American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 2003, etc.) offers portraits of 18 transformative leaders who advanced international peace, justice, freedom, and human rights. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clearheaded reckoning with consequences of the tech industry's disruptions and the ideology that undergirds it."
An on-the-ground look at Silicon Valley and what its power means for the rest of the world. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fairly straightforward conservative argument that partisan politics and lack of reverence for capitalism portend the demise of democracy."
A conservative political commentator sees democracy and capitalism in peril. Read full book review >

US VS. THEM by Ian Bremmer
Released: April 24, 2018

"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead."
An examination of the coming worldwide explosion of populism. Read full book review >
Released: April 19, 2018

"An engaging program that demystifies leadership skills with bite-sized exercises."
A step-by-step guidebook to developing and strengthening leadership skills. Read full book review >
HARA HOTEL by Teresa Thornhill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis."
Thornhill (The Curtain Maker of Beirut: Conversations with the Lebanese, 2011, etc.) offers a personal account of her time volunteering in Greece as refugees arrived from Syria and other nations beset by strife. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"At times bedeviled by academic jargon and repetition of obvious problems, but essentially a worthy plea for change."
A research-heavy, advocacy-grounded study of urban blight and incarceration, in which the authors "argue that efforts to end mass incarceration must go beyond reforming legislation or police practices." Read full book review >
THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY by Sarah Kendzior
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize."
A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland, originally published between 2012 and 2014. Read full book review >
FUTUREFACE by Alex Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A timely investigation that turns up 'sad confirmation that animus and violence and expulsion always end up screwing everyone, even the people doing the expelling.'"
A cultural commentator turns her acute observational skills and journalistic skills to the mystery of her own heritage. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >