Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

Released: March 1, 2004

"As good a look at Mexico as has been written by outsiders since Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors (1984), and essential for students of Latin American affairs."
Superb from-the-barricades portrait of Mexico's second revolution, which is still unfolding. Read full book review >
FLIM-FLAM MAN by Jennifer Vogel
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Will haunt readers for days."
Heartbreaking, hard-boiled memoir of the author's late father, a liar and criminal she loved deeply. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Powerful, unsentimental, candid, and moving."
An impressive debut memoir of grief and growing up. Read full book review >
CIVIL WARS by David Moats
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Superior reporting, fine writing: required reading for civil-rights activists."
A superb account of one deeply divisive battle in the decades-long civil-rights struggle, recounted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorialist who covered it on the front lines. Read full book review >
HARRIET JACOBS by Jean Fagan Yellin
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Yellin's fine reconstruction of an impressive personality should firmly embed Jacobs in American cultural history. (16-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
Graceful, honorable portrait, extensively documented and annotated, of the woman who wrote Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Thought-provoking and expertly told—and a most promising debut."
A superior historical and journalistic investigation, tracing the lives and legacies of freed slaves in America and Africa. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Haunting and powerful evocation of a world Hitler despised."
One of the greatest newspaper correspondents during the golden age of German journalism brilliantly illuminates the inexorable, deepening chaos that prefaced WWII. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"Basbanes's profound passion never falls into pedantry: readers will emerge with new knowledge, new worries, and enormous respect."
An erudite, often lively analysis of the disappearance of texts thanks to time, weather, worms, warriors, decay, poor judgment, and the computer. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"A welcome makeover for the textbook view of New York—and American—cultural history."
A brilliant account of the evolution of modern gay culture in post-WWII New York. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A rare blend of history, heroics, and gut-gripping emotion."
The harrowing survival tale that garnered Philbrick a National Book Award (In the Heart of the Sea, 2000) seems almost a tune-up for this saga of wind and wave. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2003

"Given the powerful evidence they present, it seems a small price to pay for centuries of wrong—though 'an admission that the majority of white citizens seem unwilling to make.'"
Can whites and blacks ever coexist peaceably in America? The answer, to judge by this depressing essay, seems to be no. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"An impressive and thoughtful contribution, and one that will be of considerable interest to both veterans and students of America's wars."
A superb oral history of two generations at war—sometimes with each other. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >