Social Sciences Book Reviews

War: A Crime Against Humanity by Roberto Vivo
HISTORY
Released: April 25, 2015

"An important contribution to the study of both war and peace."
A sweeping history of war and peace—and an impassioned call to choose the latter over the former. Read full book review >
THE COSMOPOLITES by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A slim but powerful book of great interest to students of international law and current events."
Swiss-Canadian-Iranian journalist Abrahamian looks closely at modern internationality and the legal liminality that can accompany it. Read full book review >

STONED by Aja Raden
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A lively, incisive cultural and social history."
A jewelry designer and historian's account of how the desire for diamonds, gold, and other precious stones and metals has shaped history. Read full book review >
THE CON MEN by Terry Williams
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers."
Two sociology professors' survey of New York con artists and how these reviled but crafty opportunists manage to make a living in the city's informal economy. Read full book review >
Fight Like A Physicist by Jason, PhD Thalken
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"An enlightening book for martial artists seeking a competitive edge."
Thalken explores how physics can be applied to martial arts. Read full book review >

The Foreign Consuls Among Us by Cami  Hofstadter
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Well-written and lively, offering an engaging way to learn about the sometimes-perplexing world of foreign consulates."
This expanded second edition adds a global perspective to a surprisingly readable explanation of foreign consuls. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An accomplished chronicle of the setbacks and successes by a journalist in the trenches."
A committed gay rights journalist thoroughly tracks the president's hard-won "evolution" in embracing the national LBGT agenda. Read full book review >
LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >
Suicide by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 2015

"A brief yet erudite and compellingly original survey that will provoke both personal thought and lively group discussion."
A unique dialectic on the contentious phenomenon of suicide from a noted British philosopher and academic. Read full book review >
Intimate Rivals by Sheila A. Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 17, 2015

"A thorough account of a political dynamic that reverberates globally."
In her debut, Smith offers a searching, scholarly discussion of Sino-Japanese relations. Read full book review >
UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Anne-Marie Slaughter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Informative guidance on how men and women can come together in the workforce and at home."
One woman's vision on how to create gender equality for men and women. Read full book review >
AND THEN I DANCED by Mark Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A jovial yet passionately delivered self-portrait inspiring awareness about LGBT history from one of the movement's true pioneers."
The life and times of an intrepid gay rights activist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >