Book Reviews

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

by Robert D. Putnam

In the late 1950s, Robert Putnam, the distinguished social scientist whose 'Bowling Alone' (2000) has become one of the most influential books of our time, lost his campaign for the presidency of his high school class in Port Clinton, Ohio. The victor was one of the few African Americans in the school, a ...

Reviewed by Alan Wolfe Washington Post March 6, 2015

Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession

by Barbara Garson

“Something bad has been creeping up the occupational ladder,” warns Barbara Garson, author of Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession. The author sees a broad transformation happening, and through her interviews with average Americans, is able to help us see the Great Recess ...

Reviewed by Blair Dudik October 21, 2014

The Good Lie (movie)

The Good Lie is not merely a great movie, it’s also a beautiful movie. What can you say about a movie where the scenes depicted in the closing credits are more powerful than most whole movies from the last decade? The Good Lie, released in October, 2014 in the United States, eloquently shows the story o ...

Reviewed by Steve Hansch World Hunger Education Service October 16, 2014

Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development

by Kate Sebastian, editor

The work of agricultural researchers and development workers in Africa has the potential to significantly improve the lives of the poor. But that potential can only be realized with easy access to high-quality data and information. The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development highlights the ubiqui ...

Food and Nutrition in Numbers

by FAO

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Good Food: Grounded Practical Theory

by Jennifer Ayres

ATLANTA — Emory University’s Jennifer Ayres knows good food. For her, it’s not just about the taste and presentation but rather the item’s history, how it was produced and distributed. ...

Reviewed by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church February 4, 2014

Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid and NGOs

by Mark Schuller

If they knew him at all, the world knew Nigerian Oronto Douglas as the former attorney for the writer, playwright and Ogoni human rights activist Ken Saro Wiwa. Despite Oronto's and even President Bill Clinton's best effort, Ken was framed and hanged in 1995 together with 8 other Ogoni men who dared resist S ...

Reviewed by Beverly Bell Other Worlds are Possible March 5, 2013

Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain

by John Darwin

“An overseas empire produces a vast sea of paper,” John Darwin writes. That sea — wide, deep and often treacherous — is what remains of the British Empire for historians to trawl, though few attempt to chart the whole of it in one relatively compact volume. Darwin managed something similar with his p ...

Reviewed by Alex von Tunzelmann New York Times February 22, 2013

Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Detroit is one of those taxing places that require you to have an opinion about them. This opinion expresses no mere preference. It amounts to a stance, from which may be inferred your electoral leanings, your racial politics, your union sympathies and the general sunniness of your disposition. The entire ci ...

Reviewed by Paul Clemens New York Times February 22, 2013

There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra

by Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s distinguished Professor of Literature based in the United States, has recently published ‘There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra’, his war time memoirs and reflections on the process leading to Nigeria’s darkest page in history and its outcome. The 333-page book ha ...

Reviewed by Tarila Marclint Ebiede Pambazuka News October 31, 2012
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