Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 3)

BORDER PATROL NATION by Todd Miller
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"An unsettling but important read."
Solid, absorbing reportage on the government's racist and constitutionally questionable notions of border security in the post-9/11 world. Read full book review >
BENDING ADVERSITY by David Pilling
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 17, 2014

"The author's articulate and diverse interviewees—scholars and teenagers, housewives and politicians—vividly and passionately testify to Japan's cultural contradictions, ambitions and strategies for survival."
A sweeping view of contemporary Japan portrays its complexities and potential for change. Read full book review >

AMERICAN AFTERLIFE by Kate Sweeney
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 15, 2014

"A considerate exploration of mourning, just haunting enough to attract those with a penchant for macabre oddities."
Intriguing, eccentric swatches of everyday Americans grappling with the intricacies of death. Read full book review >
WISH YOU HAPPY FOREVER by Jenny Bowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Memorable and moving, Bowen's story is a gift straight from the heart. A great complement to Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky (2009)."
A social entrepreneur and former filmmaker's account of how adopting two Chinese daughters inspired her to help China reform its child welfare system from within. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A powerful book that displays both the malice and the nobility of our species."
An acclaimed historian and biographer returns with an intimate history of the AIDS crisis and its devastations. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
Mettler (Government/Cornell Univ.; The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy, 2011, etc.) delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. Read full book review >
BUMPOLOGY by Linda Geddes
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Straightforward, stress-reducing answers to the most common pregnancy and post-pregnancy questions."
A compilation of advice on pregnancy, birth and infants. Read full book review >
OVERWHELMED by Brigid Schulte
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 2014

"An eye-opening analysis of today's hectic lifestyles coupled with valuable practical advice on how to make better use of each day."
An examination of how to change how you use your time. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A mostly nuanced look at the challenges of growing old gracefully for a generation that aches to see youth in the mirror."
An exploration of developmental substages for adulthood and beyond. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE by Michael Gross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2014

"An incisive but somewhat tedious report of New York's "new money.""
Travel + Leisure contributing editor Gross' (Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles, 2011, etc.) latest chronicle of the .01 percent shifts to the other side of Central Park. Read full book review >
JUST FREEDOM by Philip Pettit
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 10, 2014

"Pettit's logical and humane yet ultimately utopian approach to human organizations will leave many muttering, "If only!""
Pettit (Politics and Human Values/Princeton Univ.; On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, 2013, etc.) offers some clear definitions of justice and freedom and suggests what those definitions have meant in history—and could mean in the contemporary world. Read full book review >
BEYOND CONFLICT by Timothy Phillips
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 10, 2014

"An engaging book from an organization with an important, hopeful story to share."
A conflict-resolution organization looks back on the 20 years since its founding. Read full book review >