Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 6)

REDEFINING REALNESS by Janet Mock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An enlightening, much-needed perspective on transgender identity."
One woman's authentic memoir about becoming her true self. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A textured exploration of the significant players and events at this key juncture in American history."
Evenhanded look at the many complicated tenets of the civil rights movement that converged with James Meredith's march from Memphis to Jackson, Miss., in June 1966. Read full book review >

SALAAM, LOVE by Ayesha Mattu
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"In the introduction, the editors write, "There's nothing like a good love story to connect us to one another and also help satisfy our curiosity about the lives of others." This collection proves the honesty in that assertion."
A companion anthology to Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (2012), this time from a male perspective. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"On a highly touchy subject, the authors tread carefully, backing their assertions with copious notes. Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions."
Husband and wife professors at Yale Law School explore why some cultural groups in the United States are generally more successful than others. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Amusing and heartening."
A lively, anecdotal examination of the mystifying and treacherous landscape of dating and love. Read full book review >

SOCIAL PHYSICS by Alex Pentland
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A fascinating view of the future of social networks that offers intriguing possibilities but also the potential of a dystopia greater than that portrayed by George Orwell in 1984."
Pentland (Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World, 2008, etc.)—the director of MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory who was named "one of the seven most powerful data scientists in the world"—attempts to justify large-scale monitoring of individual behavior. Read full book review >
RECLAIMING AMERICAN VIRTUE by Barbara J. Keys
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"An accessible, searching study of an idea that seems to have been forgotten in favor of the steely, cost-cutting pragmatism of today."
A genealogy of America's crusade to advance human rights in the world, its origins "an antidote to shame and guilt." Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Fresh insight into a necessary part of everyday life."
New research on the never-ending debate about trust. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A forcefully presented eye-opener sure to provoke controversy as well as interest."
Troutt (Law and Justice/Rutgers School of Law, Newark; The Importance of Being Dangerous, 2009, etc.) offers a controversial counter to the claim that social spending is an out-of-control government expense. Read full book review >
ALL JOY AND NO FUN by Jennifer Senior
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Senior could have made this book twice as long given the minefield parents and their kids face, but what she did produce is well-considered and valuable information."
What can we learn from studying the effects of children on parents? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Missing here is the firm hand of an editor that might have shaped a verbose and rather shapeless narrative into a compelling story, for the facts of the matter deserve a better telling."
A story of racism, injustice, corruption and greed run rampant in 1930s Georgia. Read full book review >
A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION by Warren Berger
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A practical testament to the significance of the questioning mind."
How the art of the inquiry can transform ideas into action. Read full book review >