Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 4)

THE NAKED FUTURE by Patrick Tucker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 6, 2014

"A well-written consideration of how, "in the next two decades, we will be able to predict huge areas of the future with far greater accuracy than ever before in human history, including events long thought to be beyond the realm of human interference.""
An upbeat view of big data as an empowering means for predicting the future. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2014

 

A compendium of lighthearted, of-the-moment essays that address the many ups and downs of life at 50.

The former co-host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS, humorist Gurwitch (co-author: You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story, 2010, etc.) opens her new collection by lamenting the onslaught of AARP solicitations ("At a glance, I thought it might be an ad for white-collar prison uniforms") that began showing up on her 49th birthday. Read full book review >


CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

Plato returns to 21st-century America in this witty, inventive, genre-bending work by MacArthur Fellow Goldstein (36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, 2010, etc.).

As the author imagines him, Plato is an intense, curious visitor from ancient Greece who is touring the country to promote his famous tract, The Republic. He lands first in Mountain View, Calif., where he is scheduled to speak to the staff of Google but gets waylaid by an employee who engages him in a conversation about truth, beauty, goodness and justice. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mishmash, but even those who don't have children and have never lived in Miami or searched for a Wi-Fi connection in the Israeli desert will appreciate Barry's lighthearted absurdity."
Another wide-ranging collection of funny essays about parenting—and "grammar, sex, camels, women, brain surgery, sex with women, how to become a professional author, airlines, Justin Bieber and death"—by best-selling humorist Barry (Insane City, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
JO FROST'S TODDLER RULES by Jo Frost
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Common-sense and practical advice on raising young children by an expert in the field."
The Supernanny delivers a guidebook to aid parents with rambunctious toddlers. Read full book review >

THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS by William Easterly
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"A sharply written polemic intended to stir up debate about the aims of global anti-poverty campaigns."
Easterly (Economics/New York Univ.; The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, 2006, etc.) delivers a scathing assault on the anti-poverty programs associated with both the United Nations and its political and private sector supporters. Read full book review >
THE RISE by Sarah Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Creativity, like genius, is inexplicable, but Lewis' synthesis of history, biography and psychological research offers a thoughtful response to the question of how new ideas happen."
In her nonfiction debut, curator and arts consultant Lewis (Painting and Printmaking/Yale Univ.) takes on the broad topic of creativity. Read full book review >
THE NEXT AMERICA by Paul Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An authoritative report and required reading for policymakers."
An incisive survey of vast recent changes in American society and the ever-wider generation gap between baby boomers and millennials. Read full book review >
UPRISING by Sally Armstrong
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Women of all persuasions will appreciate Armstrong's in-depth, passionate exploration of this important topic."
A Canadian journalist and human rights activist chronicles the acts of empowerment undertaken by women and girls across the globe against inequities and acts of brutality, which have been perpetrated against them for decades. Read full book review >
THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK by Sheila Heen
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"With a culture increasingly focused on the individual and the self, this book on developing the ability to accept and utilize the input of others constructively deserves a wide readership."
A guide to taking the bad feedback with the good and learning from what we're told. Read full book review >
INFERNO by Robert A. Ferguson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2014

"An important wake-up call about an emerging crisis that threatens to become a human rights scandal of global proportions."
An eye-opening report about how the United States, with just 5 percent of the world's population, holds 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. Read full book review >
ILLEGAL by José Ángel N.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An utterly believable close-up picture of one illegal immigrant's life in the United States."
A memoir from a decent man living in the shadows, evading questions and telling lies, presented here anonymously since to reveal his identity would mean to risk arrest and deportation. Read full book review >