Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 10)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A provocative, if Utopian, call for a new "common currency of observable evidence…not to gain advantage over others, but simply because it's good.""
Greene (Moral Cognition Lab/Harvard Univ.) combines insights from psychology and philosophy to illuminate "the structure of modern moral problems." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Absorbing, insightful and quirky."
A neuropsychologist makes the shocking discovery that his brain scans are identical to those of serial killers. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"As Edmonds amply and lucidly shows in this cogent book, moral questions have no easy answers."
An investigation into how we make moral decisions. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"This book is pure joy; even the most dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker will learn something new about this vibrant city."
Native New Yorker and CUNY sociology professor Helmreich (What Was I Thinking?: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them, 2011, etc.) investigates all five of the city's boroughs on foot, tracking the robust and ever-changing entanglements between New York and its inhabitants. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"A snappy, sensible guide to relationships."
A script analyst and writing coach offers a debut guide to help women get over breakups and regain their self-confidence. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A dark reminder that anti-immigrant sentiment has a long history in this country and that the immigration issue is not going away any time soon. "
A disturbing account of how attacks on Latino immigrants became a teenage sport in one suburban town, whose bigotry is seen here as typical of much of America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A fascinating portrait of the father of self-help and incisive analysis of the mercurial era that produced him."
Watts (Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream, 2008, etc.) recounts the life and times of motivational guru Dale Carnegie (1888-1955). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An impressive example of how an individual's diligent work can truly affect the world."
Farmer and philanthropist Buffett (Threatened Kingdom: The Story of the Mountain Gorilla, 2005, etc.) examines how to improve the world's food supply and make it more secure. Read full book review >
FRIENDSHIP by A.C. Grayling
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Some fresh ways of looking at and thinking about a very familiar topic."
A philosophical inquiry into friendship with a historical perspective. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An agreeable mix of scholarly explanation and good storytelling."
A historian traces the evolution of civil disobedience in America. Read full book review >
BARGAIN FEVER by Mark Ellwood
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"An eye-opening, readable examination of the world of bargain shopping in today's retail world."
Journalist Ellwood (The Rough Guide to Miami and South Florida, 2008, etc.) offers an in-depth account of how American consumer culture has become permanently discount-driven. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Many of these points were made with greater intellectual rigor in William Bernstein's Masters of the Word (2013), and Standage's habit of seeing a proto-Internet in every historical use of media eventually prompts fatigue and disbelief."
The technologies are different, but the habit of sharing information horizontally and in two directions is a lot older than the Internet, argues the Economist's digital editor. Read full book review >