Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

Released: April 1, 1992

"Easier to read than to act on, more moderate in tone than Bly or Keen—a lucid and perceptive offering."
In the broadening wake of Iron John and Fire in the Belly comes an equally strong entry that focuses on conflicts common to men—between the need to connect and reluctance to do so, for example—and comes up with highly viable strategies and trustworthy solutions. Read full book review >
HARD BOP by David H.  Rosenthal
Released: April 1, 1992

"An original and compelling assessment."
Lively history by free-lance jazz-journalist Rosenthal of a brief but important musical era falling between post-Charlie Parker jazz and Stevie Wonder-style tunes. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1992

"Every quote from Tocqueville makes you wish that he were still here to speak for himself."
Here, Derber (Sociology/Boston College; coauthor, Power in the Highest Degree, 1990) blames America's ethical, social, and economic collapse on ``wilding''—the same term used for the brutal 1989 attack by a gang of youths on a Central Park jogger. ``Wilding'' is an epidemic, Derber argues, ``seeping into America mainly from the top.'' Why use the term ``wilding''? ``Wilding includes a vast spectrum of self-centered and self- aggrandizing behavior that harms others.'' Its cause? Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"As such, it's well written and acutely observant, though slow in parts."
The memoirs of an Armenian-American as she struggles for self- awareness. Read full book review >
THE CULTURE OF CONTENTMENT by John Kenneth Galbraith
Released: April 1, 1992

"Thought-provoking points of view from an elder eminence who can still abash not only stick-in-the-mud conservatives but also limousine liberals."
Dour perspectives on the post-Reagan state of the union. Read full book review >

Released: March 19, 1992

"Uneven and often, it seems, unfair, but Rivlin's research and intimate knowledge of the principals are impressive."
A mostly admiring—though contentious, flatly written, and somewhat overlong—political biography of Harold Washington, mayor of Chicago from 1983-87. Read full book review >
Released: March 16, 1992

Calling itself ``an operator's manual to the psyche'' of men (and a guide to their ``hard-wiring'' for women), this is also a firm if rather theoretical response to critics who charge that men's movement gatherings and exhortations are silly, reactive, and shallow. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Through these vivid, searching voices, Terkel depicts, in all their complexity and humanity, people grappling with dilemmas posed in Andrew Hacker's Two Nations."
Focusing on one of the themes of his interview collection The Great Divide (1988), Pulitzer-winner Terkel (The Good War, 1984, etc.) elicits from dozens of blacks and whites a kaleidoscope of emotions on how they have been affected by race. Read full book review >
Released: June 6, 1997

"Lott has an instinct for the universal and sometimes finds it when he's not diverted by pursuit of everyday, less remarkable truths."
This lean midpoint memoir, fleshed out of collected short essays, alternates analysis of the author's male family relations with reflections on his experiences as the married father of two young sons. Read full book review >
Released: May 30, 1997

"An irksome screed that's contemptuous of social progress and creepily nostalgic for the days of public repression and maniacal Judy Garland worship."
A muddled polemic that sprays bile in many directions but hits few of its targets. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 1997

"The disappointing failure to press forward with her observations does not prevent this from being a provocative book. (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the New York Times Magazine; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
Along with predictable premises and conclusions, this case study raises unsettling questions about the impact of time on contemporary lives. Read full book review >
Released: May 19, 1997

"Reading this gripping book is likely to make the would-be sailor feel both awed and a little frightened by nature's remorseless power."
The experience of being caught at sea in the maw of a "perfect'' storm (that is, one formed of an almost unique combination of factors), a monstrous tempest that couldn't get any worse, is spellbindingly captured by Junger, a journalist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >