Barbree, Jay. Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2014. 384p. photos. ISBN 9781250040718. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466836341. BIOG
Veteran news correspondent Barbree offers an intimate view into the life of Neil Armstong (1930–2012), his friend as well as a national hero and very private person. The author paints a detailed and colorful picture of his subject and an unbiased depiction of the period in which he lived, while also demonstrating reverence for Armstrong as a confidant. The book starts with Armstrong’s experience in the Korean War and takes the reader through the ups and downs of the astronaut’s life and career, the space program, Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, his thoughts on the closing of the lunar exploration program in 2010, and his death in 2012. VERDICT This easy-to-read, compelling, and well-written view of an American hero is recommended for those interested in history, biography, early space programs around the world, and the science of space flight.
Bradley, Mark A. A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior. Basic: Perseus. 2014. 384p. photos. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780465030095. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465036653. HIST
During World War II, Duncan Lee (1913–88) served in the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS, predecessor to the CIA) and spied for the USSR. Bradley, a former CIA officer and a current attorney with the Department of Justice, tells the fascinating story of this complicated spy’s life. While studying at Oxford, Lee became interested in communism. After returning to America, he secured a position with the OSS and began spying for the Soviets. During the Chinese Civil War, Lee incongruously assisted Chiang Kai-shek’s government in its struggle against Mao Zedong’s communist forces. Although he was exposed by a flipped Soviet spy at a House Un-American Activities Committee hearing in 1948, Lee escaped punishment through a combination of deft strategy, bureaucratic bumbling, and sheer luck. After his death, the National Security Agency declassified documents that confirmed his crimes. VERDICT Bradley provides extensive background information regarding the events of the time and all the characters involved, painting a vivid picture of the world in which Lee operated. Readers interested in Cold War history or real-life spy dramas will enjoy this thoroughly researched and highly readable work.
Piskorski, Mikołaj Jan. A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media. Princeton Univ. Jun. 2014. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780691153391. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781400850020. BUS
Piskorski (business administration, Harvard Business Sch.) examines how social media can work in businesses and what sets the successful sites apart from the rest. He writes that he prefers the term social platforms to social media, and investigates thriving examples such as Twitter, eHarmony, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The author advocates the use of social strategy, which, he explains, relates to lowering costs and/or increasing customers’ willingness to pay by creating better relationships with them; he provides case studies of such work at companies including Yelp, American Express, and Nike. Piskorski draws on research and theoretical studies as well as statistical data related to the businesses examined. The concepts he uses include social failures in which mutually beneficial relationships do not take place and social solutions, which are designed to maintain successful interactions. VERDICT Piskorski’s thought-provoking and well-researched title is groundbreaking and should be required reading for those in business, and business faculty and students.
Devine, Jane & Francine Egger-Sider. Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web. Neal-Schuman. 2013. 180p. illus. index. ISBN 9781555708986. pap. $70. pro media
This update of the authors’ 2009 study (Going Beyond Google) of the invisible web (IW) has three sections: an update of their initial overview of the IW and of search behavior; a look at web-mining tools with a glimpse at the future; and a middle section on how IW use can make students better researchers. The book is based on the authors’ review of IW discussions in the Science Direct (Elsevier) literature; interviews with authors of IW and information literacy works; and a survey of educators and librarians on teaching the IW. Of particular interest are the survey results that validate Devine and Egger-Sider’s thesis that the IW should be taught and that uncovers gaps in the respondents’ knowledge about the information search engines exclude, and the striking graphical representations of the IW they share. VERDICT Chapter summaries and extensive citations make this an attractive choice for students. It should also be of interest to librarians and anyone interested in optimizing their research resources and strategies.
Khrushchev, Sergei. Khrushchev in Power: Unfinished Reforms, 1961–1964. Lynne Rienner. 2014. 680p. tr. from Russian by George Shriver. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781626370326. $75. INT AFFAIRS
Khrushchev (senior fellow in international studies, Brown Univ.), son of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (1894–1971), is the editor of three volumes of his father’s memoirs, as well as the author of other works on him. Here, he makes a fine case for his father’s legacy as a frustrated reformer of domestic policy in the Cold War period, stymied by the impossibility of allocating sufficient resources to both domestic and international goals. On frenetic visits throughout the Soviet Union, the elder Khrushchev was distressed by the “entropy” of Soviet agriculture, and on a visit to Scandinavia was astonished at the comparative “miracles” of Danish farming. Throughout, the author details many of his father’s interactions; one valuable account concerns the man’s dealings with writers and artists such as Andrei Voznesensky, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Khrushchev does not share the widespread view of his father as an impulsive leader. Thus, one of the most critical episodes of the Cold War—the Soviet decision to deploy missiles in Cuba—emerges as Moscow’s decision “not to put its tail between its legs,” rather than as a dangerous gamble on the leader’s part. Not all readers will agree with the author’s assessment, yet overall, this fast-paced, engaging narrative will appeal to students of the period as well as to general readers. VERDICT A detailed and important account of Cold War Soviet politics that’s worth the price for larger libraries.
Zimmerman, William. Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism From the Revolution to Putin. Princeton Univ. 2014. 344p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9780691161488. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781400850181. INT AFFAIRS
Western democracies often view the Russian political structure as something “abnormal.” Zimmerman (professor emeritus, political science, Univ. of Michigan; The Russian People and Foreign Policy: Russian Elite and Mass Perspectives, 1993–2000) peels back this Western lens and looks systematically into Russian political history from Vladimir Lenin to Vladimir Putin. He delves into how a consolidated political structure solidified with each passing generation of rulers. These rulers of the former Soviet Union and the current Russian Federation have held power and decision-making authority by controlling access to the top from outsiders who would usurp them. What is created and practiced is something that is uniquely Russian. This study is based on work by other political theorists, which makes it a hefty read for laypersons outside academia. Academics will find the scholarship a welcome supplement to other titles such as Zbigniew Brzezinski’s The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the Twentieth Century or Steven Levitsky and Lucan A. Way’s Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War. Titles that would better serve general audiences include Ronald Grigor Suny’s The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States or Martin Malia’s Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia, 1917–1991. VERDICT Highly recommended for political scientists, academic libraries, and libraries that have strong collections of Russian history titles.
Balfour, Amy C. & others. Southwest USA’s Best Trips: 32 Amazing Road Trips. 2d ed. Lonely Planet. 2014. 359p. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9781741798128. pap. $24.99. TRAV
The Lonely Planet writers describe Jerome, AZ, as a town with “a groovy joie de vivre,” and that’s the spirit of this updated guidebook (the first edition was published in 2009). Thirty-two road trips are featured, each lasting from two to four days. Focusing on natural wonders, native culture, and history, each trip includes points of interest, with address, phone number, and URL listed. Seven of the entries are designated as “Classic Trips,” journeys that offer unique Southwest experiences and sights. Tips suggesting spots for capturing essential photos and the best time to go accompany each listing. The authors also recommend “Stretch Your Legs” walking tours that highlight larger cities such as Santa Fe and Austin. The maps are small but adequate starting points, and the size and format of the book make it easy to pack. VERDICT A must-have for travelers who want more than chain motels and restaurants. Libraries will want to update their travel collections with this attractive guidebook full of wonderful pictures—it’s a wish book for those who haven’t yet made their vacation plans.
Royea, Michael. The Grand Circle Tour: A Travel and Reference Guide to the American Southwest and the Ancient Peoples of the Colorado Plateau. Countryman. 2014. 496p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781581572544. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781581576436. TRAV
The culture of the Native Americans living in the Colorado Plateau, or Four-Corners Country as it is popularly known today, dates back at least 10,000 years. Royea (archaeology, Bishop’s Univ., Sherbrooke, Que.) packs a tour of this history into a 14-day car trip through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Significant archaeological sites are described in detail, along with maps, photographs, information on services (important in a sparsely populated region), and history. Two sections deal in detail with Mesa Verde in Colorado and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, perhaps the most well known of the many sites described. The end of the book includes a useful glossary of common archaeological terms and an extensive bibliography. Most travelers will be hard pressed to cover all the locations discussed in 14 days, however. VERDICT Don’t be confused by the book’s title. This is a marvelous guide to the best Indian archeological sites in the Southwest. Both first-time visitors and experienced tourists will find this a most useful travel companion.
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Whitmire, Ethelene. Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian. Univ. of Illinois. 2014. 176p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780252038501. $55. BIOG
Brayfield, Celia & Duncan Sprott. Writing Historical Fiction: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion. Bloomsbury Academic. (Writers & Artists’ Companion). 2014. 344p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781780937854. pap. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780935775. COMM
The Times of the Sixties: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities That Shaped the Decade. Black Dog & Leventhal. Jun. 2014. 304p. ed. by John Rockwell. illus. index. ISBN 9781579129644. $29.95. COMM
Wall Street Journal. Dogfight at the Pentagon: Sergeant Dogs, Grumpy Cats, Wallflower Wingmen, and Other Lunacy from the Wall Street Journal’s A-Hed Column. Harper Perennial. 2014. 160p. ed. by Barry Newman. illus. ISBN 9780062333193. pap. $15.99. COMM
Fernández-Aráoz, Claudio. It’s Not the How or the What But the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best. Harvard Business Review. Jun. 2014. 240p. illus. notes. ISBN 9781625271525. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781625271532. BUS
Rose, David S. Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups. Wiley. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781118858257. $35. BUS
Thompson, Don. The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art. Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. 288p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781137279088. $27. ECON
Naison, Mark. Badass Teachers Unite! Reflections on Education, History, and Youth Activism. Haymarket. 2014. 200p. index. ISBN 9781608463619. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608464302. ED
Zweig, David. Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion. Portfolio. Jun. 2014. 256p. illus. notes. ISBN 9781591846345. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101620243. CAREERS
Anonymous Members of the Kovno Jewish Ghetto Police. The Clandestine History of the Kovno Jewish Ghetto Police. Indiana Univ. 2014. 408p. ed. by Samuel Schalkowsky. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780253012838. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780253012975. HIST
Bonelli, Charlotte. Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany. Yale Univ. 2014. 320p. tr. from German by Natascha Bodemann. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780300197525. $30. HIST
Cameron, Averil. Byzantine Matters. Princeton Univ. 2014. 192p. illus. maps. notes. ISBN 9780691157634. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9781400850099. HIST
Duffy, Peter. Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring. Scribner. Jul. 2014. 320p. photos. notes. ISBN 9781451667950. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451667974. HIST
Greene, Jerome A. American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890. Univ. of Oklahoma. 2014. 648p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780806144481. $34.95. HIST
Ingram, Tammy. Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900–1930. Univ. of North Carolina. 2014. 280p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469612980. $29.95. HIST
Leigh, Philip. Trading with the Enemy: The Covert Economy During the American Civil War. Westholme. 2014. 248p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781594161995. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781594165764. HIST
Lindqvist, Sven. The Dead Do Not Die: “Exterminate All the Brutes” and Terra Nullius. New Pr. Jul. 2014. 400p. tr. from Swedish by Joan Tate & Sarah Death. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781595589897. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781620970034. HIST
Martin, Paul. Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem. Prometheus. 2014. 295p. photos. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781616149277. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616149284. HIST
Niebuhr, Gustav. Lincoln’s Bishop: A President, a Priest, and the Fate of 300 Dakota Sioux Warriors. HarperOne. Jun. 2014. 224p. notes. bibliog. index.
ISBN 9780062097682. $26.99. HIST
Osborne, Linda Barrett & Paolo Battaglia. Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress. Anniversary. 2013. 320p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9788896408148. $55. HIST
Osterhammel, Jürgen. The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. Princeton Univ. (America in the World). 2014. 1192p. tr. from German by Patrick Camiller. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780691147451. $39.95. HIST
Pressfield, Steven. The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War. Sentinel. 2014. 448p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781595230911. $29.95. HIST
Rayburn, Joel. Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance. Hoover Institution. Jul. 2014. 284p. ISBN 9780817916947. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780817916961. MILITARY HISTORY
Rowland, Ingrid D. From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town. Belknap: Harvard Univ. 2014. 344p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780674047938. $28.95. HIST
Twitchell, James B. Winnebago Nation: The RV in American Culture. Columbia Univ. 2014. 192p. illus. ISBN 9780231167789. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780231537650. HIST
Webb, James. I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir. S. & S. 2014. 400p. index. ISBN 9781476741123. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476741161. MILITARY STUDIES
Law & Crime
Bates, Stephen. The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor. Overlook. 2014. 352p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781468309119. $27.95. CRIME
Lankester, Marisa. Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside an Illegal Billion Dollar Sports Betting Operation. Cappuccino. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9783906196008. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9783906196015. CRIME
Watson, Nigel. UFO Investigations Manual: UFO Investigations from 1892 to the Present Day. Haynes. 2014. 164p. illus. index. ISBN 9780857334008. $34.95. PARAPSYCH
Hughey, Matthew W. & Gregory S. Parks. The Wrongs of the Right: Language, Race, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama. New York Univ. 2014. 240p. notes. ISBN 9780814760543. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780814789247. POL SCI
Mousavian, Seyed Hossein with Shahir ShahidSaless. Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace. Bloomsbury Academic. 2014. 384p. notes. ISBN 9781628920079. $35. POL SCI
Burns, Tom. Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry. Pegasus. Jun. 2014. 384p. index. ISBN 9781605985701. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781605986005. PSYCH
Crenshaw, Wes. I Always Want To Be Where I’m Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD. Family Psychological. 2014. 231p. ISBN 9780985283315. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9780985283308. $15.99. PSYCH
Blastland, Michael & David Spiegelhalter. The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death. Basic: Perseus. Jun. 2014. 384p. illus. notes. ISBN 9780465085705. pap. $16.99. SOC SCI
Clemente, Deirdre. Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style. Univ. of North Carolina. 2014. 224p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469614076. $29.95. SOC SCI
Fincher, Leta Hong. Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Zed. (Asian Arguments). 2014. 224p. notes. ISBN 9781780329222. $134.95; pap. ISBN 9781780329215. $24.95. SOC SCI
Finney, Carolyn. Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Univ. of North Carolina. Jun. 2014. 224p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469614489. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781469614496. SOC SCI
Ghaziani, Amin. There Goes the Gayborhood? Princeton Univ. (Studies in Cultural Sociology). Aug. 2014. 360p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9780691158792. $35. SOC SCI
Payton, Theresa M. & Ted Claypoole. Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014. 228p. notes. index. ISBN 9781442225459. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781442225466. SOC SCI
Smillie, Ian. Diamonds. Polity. (Resources). 2014. 204p. notes. ISBN 9780745672304. $49.95; pap. ISBN 9780745672311. $19.95. SOC SCI
Travel & Geography
Kevin, Brian. The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America. Broadway: Crown. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780770436377. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780770436384. TRAV
Skolnick, Adam & others. Florida and the South’s Best Trips: 28 Amazing Road Trips. 2d ed. Lonely Planet. 2014. 351p. illus. maps. ISBN 9781741798135. pap. $24.99. TRAV