Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 2)

UNDOCUMENTED by Aviva Chomsky
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 2014

"An urgent, earnest report, albeit one not likely to receive quick legislative repair, on the fraught national immigration policy."
As deportations briskly continue, an impassioned analyst explains how so many workers essential to the economy become illegal and are turned away from our nation's southern border by the busload. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Practical solutions to an age-old dilemma."
Strategies to balance gender inequity at work. Read full book review >

GIVE <i>WAR AND PEACE</i> A CHANCE by Andrew D. Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"Kaufman's enticing invitation may well persuade readers to finally dive into one of the world's most acclaimed—and daunting—novels."
At 1,500 pages, with a cast of nearly 600 characters, the book Henry James called a "loose baggy monster" looms as an intimidating project. But Kaufman (Literature/Univ. of Virginia; Understanding Tolstoy, 2011, etc.) thinks reading it is worth the effort: "Times are tough, anxiety and fear are pervasive, and people are searching for answers to questions big and small." Read full book review >
KIDDING OURSELVES by Joseph T. Hallinan
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 20, 2014

"A genial, occasionally glib guide to both the positive and negative effects of self-delusion."
A breezy, anecdotal survey of self-deception and how it is not merely inevitable, but helpful and even essential. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 21, 2014

"A unique and unsettling study of what many in the West do not want to see."
Frank, straightforward reporting of a key, though largely ignored, element in African development, for better or ill. Read full book review >

8 KEYS TO END BULLYING by Signe Whitson
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 26, 2014

"The conversation is far from over, but Whitson blasts a hole in the darkness, providing useful information on how this form of persecution can be halted."
How to identify and terminate aggressive mistreatment of and by children. Read full book review >
THE CULTURE MAP by Erin Meyer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 27, 2014

"These are not hard and fast rules, but Meyer delivers important reading for those engaged in international business."
A helpful guide to working effectively with people from other cultures. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 30, 2014

"Many of the groups the authors investigate will find further fodder for their tirades, and liberals will doubtless get angry, but all should learn that there's a limit to the insults American intelligence will tolerate."
A dissection of the language of the far right, showing the continued, although masked, biases inherent in their message. Read full book review >
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE by Nell Bernstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2014

"The combination of muckraking research and absolutism make the book passionate and convincing as advocacy, though conservative readers may be less moved."
An investigation of the American juvenile justice system, seen as too fundamentally corrosive to be reformed. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 3, 2014

"An enlightening examination of identity and the quest for "deep freedom" by a largely misunderstood and marginalized group."
The limits of tolerance and why it isn't enough. Read full book review >