Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"No one does scandal quite like the British; this one is a real doozy that deserves Davies' entertaining, no-stone-unturned eagle eyes."
The inside—deeply inside—account by the investigative writer who broke the British phone-hacking scandal wide open. Read full book review >
THERE GOES THE GAYBORHOOD? by Amin Ghaziani
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 10, 2014

"Encompassing more than just the diminishing homogeneity of gay ghettos, Ghaziani's important work also demonstrates an appreciation for how the provocative past, present and future of gay culture continues to evoke impassioned rhetoric and opinion."
Are gay and lesbian communities losing the safety-netted solidarity of their urban centers to gentrification? Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A thoughtful addition to the bookshelf addressing the unintended consequences of a wired world."
A personalized jeremiad against the state of constant distraction in which our benevolent technologies have ensnared us. Read full book review >
POWERS OF TWO by Joshua Wolf Shenk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Shenk's inclusion of fascinating biographical material enlivens his provocative thesis on the genesis of creative innovation."
Shenk (Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, 2005, etc.) debunks "the myth of the lone genius [that] has towered over us like a colossus" and its counterpart, "the most common alternative [that]…locates creativity in networks." Read full book review >
FLUENT FOREVER by Gabriel Wyner
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A sensible approach that nonetheless requires a substantial commitment of time and energy; as the author well knows, there are no shortcuts to learning anything worthwhile."
The creator of the popular language-learning website Fluent-Forever.com debuts by putting between covers the essentials of the program that he and myriad others have found helpful. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF NOTICING by Max Bazerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"As with Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and David Foster Wallace, Bazerman winningly recommends the exigent art of seeing—what is there, what isn't—with both skepticism and sensitivity."
Harvard Business School professor Bazerman (Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do About It, 2012, etc.) unspools the many benefits of widening our areas of focus, particularly when it comes to decision-making matters. Read full book review >
BLACKBOARD by Lewis Buzbee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Both personal and historical, this is a welcome book on the importance of education for all."
Elevating the thinking around school improvements, from the nuts-and-bolts ideas to a broader view. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Intensely immersive reading."
A journalist tells the absorbing story of how wartime experiences shaped the lives and friendships of three female soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 4, 2014

"A powerful, rational guidebook to creating genuinely effective education, written in a manner useful not just for schoolteachers, but everyone involved in the care of children."
Ideas from a former principal on what makes for an exceptional teacher. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >