Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 9)

ROLL WITH IT by Matt Sakakeeny
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 8, 2013

"An occasionally dry but competently told tale of a celebrated musical tradition whose story is rarely told."
A scholarly account of the rites, rituals and traditions of the famed brass bands of New Orleans. Read full book review >
ANGRY WHITE MEN by Michael Kimmel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Another worthwhile examination of important issues affecting men and, by extension, everyone else, from an author known for his insight into the subject."
A study of what Kimmel (Sociology and Gender Studies/Stony Brook Univ.; Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, 2008, etc.) calls "aggrieved entitlement" and how it leads to the angry rhetoric and violence endemic to the United States today. Read full book review >

INGENIOUS by Jason Fagone
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A well-tooled, instructive tale of ingenuity."
The story of the teams who, for $10 million in prize money from the X Prize Foundation, are striving to make a car that will travel 100 miles on the equivalent of a gallon of gas. Read full book review >
THE BABY CHASE by Leslie Morgan Steiner
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A brisk account of one family's determination and of a burgeoning, international solution."
Steiner (Crazy Love, 2009) overlays the story of Rhonda and Gerry Wile—an Arizona nurse and firefighter whose search for children led them to surrogate pregnancy—on an emotionally heightened, journalistic overview of infertility and the options available to prospective parents. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Barack Obama smashed down one long-closed door in 2008. This book makes a compelling case for another shattering of barriers sooner rather than later."
Intriguing interviews exploring the role of women in American political leadership. Read full book review >

IF MAYORS RULED THE WORLD by Benjamin R. Barber
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A provocative, informative account of a different kind of globalization. Highly recommended reading for policymakers and other readers intrigued by forward-thinking forms of governance."
Political theorist Barber (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, 2007, etc.) asks whether the world's cities, and the mayors who lead them, can come together as an alternative to the failures of the nation-state. Read full book review >
SORRY! by Henry Hitchings
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"John Cleese's observation that the English are the only people on Earth with clenched hair is more economical, but Hitchings' book, if sometimes overgeneralized, is still a pleasure to read."
He might have been a Roosian, a French, or Turk, or Proosian, or perhaps Itali-an: Gilbert and Sullivan aside, the subject of Hitchings' (The Language Wars: A History of Proper English, 2011) latest is the beleaguered, class-obsessed Anglo-Saxon and the very notion of "Englishness." Read full book review >
THE POWER OF GLAMOUR by Virginia Postrel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Interesting topic, impressive execution and stunning visual accompaniments. "
Postrel (The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness, 2003, etc.) offers a thoroughly researched, analytical, illustrated view on the characteristics, both keen and subtle, that qualify an object, person, event or location as glamorous. Read full book review >
MORAL TRIBES by Joshua Greene
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A provocative, if Utopian, call for a new "common currency of observable evidence…not to gain advantage over others, but simply because it's good.""
Greene (Moral Cognition Lab/Harvard Univ.) combines insights from psychology and philosophy to illuminate "the structure of modern moral problems." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Absorbing, insightful and quirky."
A neuropsychologist makes the shocking discovery that his brain scans are identical to those of serial killers. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"As Edmonds amply and lucidly shows in this cogent book, moral questions have no easy answers."
An investigation into how we make moral decisions. Read full book review >
THE NEW YORK NOBODY KNOWS by William B. Helmreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"This book is pure joy; even the most dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker will learn something new about this vibrant city."
Native New Yorker and CUNY sociology professor Helmreich (What Was I Thinking?: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them, 2011, etc.) investigates all five of the city's boroughs on foot, tracking the robust and ever-changing entanglements between New York and its inhabitants. Read full book review >