Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 7)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"In this fascinating look at the dazzling if suffocating domain of digital information gathering, Tanner concludes that it is returning us to a world of farms and villages, where intimate details of everyone's lives were public knowledge."
Since the 1990s, the avalanche of personal information we voluntarily reveal and which computers easily harvest has endlessly intrigued observers, the latest being Tanner, a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. The author delivers the obligatory announcement that "big data" means the death of privacy, but not before backing it with plenty of entertaining evidence. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A valuable contribution to an ongoing debate, with arguments and resources for specialists and general readers."
Bloomberg Businessweek contributing economics editor Farrell (The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better, 2009, etc.) debunks fear-ridden arguments about the graying of America leading to demographic catastrophes that will overwhelm Social Security. Read full book review >

IN REAL LIFE by Nev Schulman
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Another quote from the book, one more telling about 'catfishing,' comes from comedian Marc Maron, who said that every status update is essentially a plea: 'Would someone please acknowledge me?'"
Searching for the overlap of our online selves and our "real life" selves. Read full book review >
WHAT WOMEN WANT by Deborah L. Rhode
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Despite the presumptuous title, this is a serious analysis, designed to inform and to provoke discussion and action."
A thoroughly researched examination of the progress women in the United States have made toward gender equality and of the problems that still must be addressed. Read full book review >
UPRIVER by Michael F. Brown
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An unusual study, elucidating of a people and braced by both self-doubt and honesty."
An anthropologist returns to the indigenous Amazon community of Awajún to observe startling changes since the mid-1970s and examine his own scholarly methodology. Read full book review >

BEING MISS AMERICA by Kate Shindle
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Though critical, this provocative book's greatest strength is the author's positive call to action to help Miss America 'become something greater' than it is."
The winner of the 1998 Miss America pageant tells the story of her year wearing the crown while offering an incisive history and analysis of an always-controversial beauty contest. Read full book review >
SOLDIER OF CHANGE by Stephen Snyder-Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"How one man's resolve gave courage to others and how he turned his public outing into an important surge of activism."
A memoir from the U.S. Army soldier booed at the Republican presidential primary debate of 2011 for asking about upholding the rights of gay and lesbian soldiers. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A solid account that calls for 'a full historical reckoning' of this devastating chapter in the treatment of Native Americans."
Little-known story of the forcible removal of American Indian children in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Certainly not groundbreaking, but it's mostly entertaining and instructive to read about such things as menstrual synchrony and human-stampede-induced bridge wobbling."
It takes a village to raise—well, just about everybody. And it's even better when everyone can see who's being raised. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 25, 2014

"An erudite group effort encapsulating a long, laborious struggle that continues today."
Three distinguished academics offer a competent, compact history of the women's liberation movement. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate."
An extended essay about how elite colleges and universities are failing to serve students and society. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A rosy but incomplete picture that would be of greater value to educators if the author weren't trying so hard to sell the system."
A markedly positive account of a growing network of high schools designed to help poor urban youth prepare for college. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >