Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 5)

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
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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 >
WISE LATINAS by Jennifer De Leon
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Released: March 1, 2014

"The abundance of high-quality material makes the book hard to put down. While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance."
This aptly named collection of essays lives up to its title, a reference to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's quote that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read full book review >

IT'S COMPLICATED by Danah Boyd
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Comprehensive new research that illuminates why and how social media is important to teens."
An analysis of the role social media plays in the lives of teens. Read full book review >
OTHERHOOD by Melanie Notkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A fun, sexy examination of why more women are remaining childless longer and what that means for their lives and society."
A frank, hopeful look inside the world of single, childless women facing the end of their fertility. Read full book review >
KICKING THE KREMLIN by Marc Bennetts
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Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Bennetts insightfully portrays a Russia on the cusp of popular revolt."
Engagingly grim, frequently absurdist portrait of Vladimir Putin and the popular protests against him, which are gaining steam. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Those looking to win friends and influence people should turn to Dale Carnegie and his cheerful disciples. Mayer confines himself to invariably stimulating insights backed by solid scientific research, so readers looking to understand the human condition will certainly enjoy this book."
There is more to brainpower than IQ, writes Mayer (Psychology/Univ. of New Hampshire; Personality: A Systems Approach, 2006, etc.) in this astute exploration of a different form of intelligence: the ability to understand the personalities of other human beings as well as our own. Read full book review >
NOW I KNOW WHO MY COMRADES ARE by Emily Parker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A narrowly focused portrait of idealism in the face of oppression that is very nearly past its sell-by date."
An American journalist delves into the fringes of Internet activism in three countries forged from communist oppression. Read full book review >
YOUNG MONEY by Kevin Roose
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Of particular interest to young people contemplating a career in investment banking and trading, though with plenty of discouraging news."
It's not all beer and skittles on Wall Street. After all, writes New York business and technology reporter Roose, a budding Rockefeller needs to be able to "write a coherent memo to your boss after your third or fourth Jäger Bomb." Read full book review >
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Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ullah ends his engrossing book on a note of guarded optimism: "[F]amilies, like entire nations, must sometimes have to withstand the toughest trials and endure almost beyond endurance.""
On-the-ground look at how terrorism has come to shape the way ordinary middle-class Pakistani families navigate their daily lives. Read full book review >