Social Sciences Reviews, March 1, 2012

starred review star Holland, Max. Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat. Univ. Pr. of Kansas. Mar. 2012. c.304p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780700618293. $29.95. HIST

Bob Woodward’s The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat concludes that the FBI’s second in command, Mark Felt, likely became Woodward’s mole because Felt worried that President Nixon might try to take over the agency. Here Holland (; The Kennedy Assassination Tapes) claims Felt was a self-serving opportunist who became Deep Throat to sabotage acting FBI directors L. Patrick Gray III and William Ruckelshaus so that he would be appointed the permanent FBI director following J. Edgar Hoover’s death. This exhaustively researched investigation (nearly a quarter of the book is source notes) draws on Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate files now held at the University of Texas‚ including interviews and correspondence with Watergate players‚ and FBI files on Felt and Gray to offer a compelling tale of skullduggery that reveals that Nixon learned about Felt’s leaks in 1972 but was afraid to fire him because he might reveal even more damaging information. VERDICT This important and gripping addition to the Watergate saga challenges, if not discredits, heroic portrayals of Deep Throat in Woodward and Bernstein’s All the President’s Men. See L. Patrick Gray III’s In Nixon’s Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate for a work that takes a similarly dim view of Felt.‚ Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA

starred review star Gelvin, James L. The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs To Know. Oxford Univ. (What Everyone Needs To Know). Mar. 2012. c.208p. index. ISBN 9780199891771. pap. $16.95. POL SCI

This compact, fact-filled overview provides a regional framework and country-by-country analysis of the widespread reform movements and antigovernment uprisings that swept through the Arab world in 2011. Gelvin (Middle Eastern history, Univ. of California, Los Angeles) explains the specific historic and social context in each country in a regional context, emphasizing the weak political structures, endemic unemployment and corruption, and lag in political participation. He clearly outlines the wide range of events, looking at the eruptions in Tunisia and Egypt, the differences in the politically and socially weak states of Libya and Yemen, the tensions in the nontraditional monarchies throughout the region, and the complexity of grassroots opposition and governmental repression in Syria. He makes it clear that al-Qaeda neither stimulated nor benefited from the uprisings, and that the United States has little leverage in influencing internal developments. While he provides a lucid explanation of recent upheavals, he cautions that neither predicting the course of uprisings nor anticipating their evolution is possible. VERDICT This impressive achievement brings together a vast amount of information in a lucid manner. Highly recommended for general and academic libraries as an objective, accurate analysis of the Arab Spring of 2011.‚ Elizabeth R. Hayford, formerly with Associated Colls. of the Midwest, Evanston, IL

starred review star James, Eloisa. Paris in Love: A Memoir. Random. Apr. 2012. c.258p. ISBN 9781400069569. $26. TRAV

Much-praised romance author James (literature, Fordham Univ.; The Duke Is Mine) survived a bout with breast cancer, the same disease that killed her mother. Though chemotherapy and radiation were not prescribed, James still felt she needed a life change. She and her husband, Alessandro, their precocious ten-year-old daughter, Anna, and sometimes surly 15-year-old son, Luca, sold their New Jersey home and a good number of their possessions and moved to Paris for a year. She here reveals the City of Light in its intrinsic Paris-ness‚ its eateries, museums, shops, and smells‚ through a collection of meticulous Facebook updates, revised for the book, bracketed by longer essays, some harking back to her Minnesota childhood. With all the wit and urbanity that have made her romance novels best sellers, James draws readers into her year abroad and will make them wish she was a Facebook friend, to have followed these captivating insights on a daily basis. VERDICT Not just for Francophiles or even James’s legion of fans, this delectable confection, which includes recipes, is more than a visit to a glorious city: it is also a tour of a family, a marriage, and a love that has no borders. Très magnifique!‚ Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal

starred review star Swift, Vivian. Le Road Trip: A Traveler’s Journal of Love and France. Bloomsbury, dist. by Macmillan. Apr. 2012. c.208p. illus. ISBN 9781608195329. $24. TRAV

If the traditional travel guide provides security with its objective detail, organizational structure, predictable outline, and recommendations-by-committee, Swift (When Wanderers Cease To Roam) charms by doing just the opposite. With honesty, whimsy, and subjectivity, she writes in a lively and authentic manner about traveling in her beloved France. She achieves this with her loose, stream-of-thought, anecdotal, and episodic style but especially through her drawings. Everything is covered‚ nightscapes, a bread guide, gardens, storefronts, a what to pack list, Cancale oysters, Bordeaux grapes, statues‚ with the spontaneity of a café session sketch that nearly belies its elegant detail and accuracy. They seem at once in-the-moment and a commentary on it. VERDICT Swift’s narrative feels like a vacation. It’s interested in the history of bridges and cheese and wine, takes notice of room decor and the contrasting tones of village streets at dusk and dawn, and wonders about (what must be) a town’s laundry day and neighborhood cats. A fun, funny, and wonderful experience; highly recommended.‚ Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI

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Bagley, Edythe Scott with Joe Hilley. Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King. Univ. of Alabama. May 2012. c.360p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780817317652. $34.95. BIOG

Burns, Mike. The Only One Living To Tell: The Autobiography of a Yavapai Indian. Univ. of Arizona. Apr. 2012. c.168p. ed. by Gregory McNamee. illus. ISBN 9780816501205. pap. $17.95. AUTOBIOG

Ladin, Joy. Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders. Univ. of Wisconsin. Mar. 2012. c.270p. ISBN 9780299287306. $26.95. AUTOBIOG

McPhee, Peter. Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life. Yale Univ. Mar. 2012. c.352p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300118117. $40. BIOG

Tyldesley, Joyce. Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King. Basic Bks: Perseus. Mar. 2012. c.352p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780465020201. $29.99. BIOG

Wills, Brian Steel. George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel. Univ. Pr. of Kansas. Mar. 2012. c.600p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780700618415. $39.95. BIOG


Brock, David & Ari Rabin-Havt. The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine. Anchor: Random. 2012. c.336p. illus. ISBN 9780307279583. pap. $15. COMM


Beers, Charlotte. I’d Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader’s Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Work. Vanguard: Perseus. 2012. c.256p. ISBN 9781593156824. $25.99. BUS

Hirshberg, Meg Cadoux. For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families. Inc., dist. by Greenleaf. Mar. 2012. c.260p. photogs. ISBN 9780983934004. $23.95. BUS

Lee, Ann. What the U.S. Can Learn from China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher. Berrett-Koehler, dist. by Ingram. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9781609941246. $27.95. BUS

Lind, Michael. Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States. Harper: HarperCollins. Apr. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780061834806. $27.99. ECON


Tully, Matthew. Searching for Hope: Life at a Failing School in the Heart of America. Indiana Univ. 2012. c.288p. photogs. ISBN 9780253005939. $28. ED


Johnston, James H. From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family. Fordham Univ., dist. by Oxford Univ. May 2012. c.288p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780823239504. $29.95. HIST

Preston, Andrew. Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy. Knopf. 2012. c.832p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781400043231. $37.50. HIST

Silbey, David J.The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China. Hill & Wang: Farrar. Mar. 2012. c.272p. illus. index. ISBN 9780809094776. $26.95. HIST

Sloan, Bill. Undefeated: America’s Heroic Fight for Bataan and Corregidor. S. & S. Apr. 2012. c.416p. photogs. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781439199640. $28. HIST

Wrightson, Keith. Ralph Tailor’s Summer: A Scrivener, His City and the Plague. Yale Univ. 2011. c.224p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300174472. $40. HIST

Law & Crime

Franzese, Cammy. This Thing of Ours: How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage. Thomas Nelson. 2012. 208p. photogs. ISBN 9781595553652. pap. $15.99. CRIME

Frontiera, Deborah K. Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services Charges. ABC’s. 2012. 254p. ISBN 9780980006162. pap. $19.95. LAW

Jardim, Tomaz. The Mauthausen Trial: American Military Justice in Germany. Harvard Univ. 2012. c.250p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780674061576. $29.95. LAW

MacKinnon, Rebecca. Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom. Basic Bks: Perseus. 2012. c.352p. index. ISBN 9780465024421. $26.99. LAW

Political Science

Bradley, Bill. We Can All Do Better. Vanguard: Perseus. May 2012. c.208p. ISBN 9781593157296. $24.99. POL SCI

Frank, Justin A., M.D. Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Free Pr: S. & S. 2011. c.256p. index. ISBN 9781451620634. $26. POL SCI

Sassoon, Joseph. Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime. Cambridge Univ. 2012. 320p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780521149150. pap. $27.99. INT AFFAIRS

Weiss, Gary. Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2012. c.272p. index. ISBN 9780312590734. $24.99. POL SCI


Gelb, Michael J. & Kelly Howell. Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age. New World Library, dist. by PGW. 2012. c.256p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781608680733. pap. $14.95. PSYCH

Gregoire, Sheila Wray. The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun). Zondervan. Mar. 2012. c.224p. ISBN 9780310334095. pap. $14.99. PSYCH

Oatley, Keith. The Passionate Muse: Exploring Emotion in Stories. Oxford Univ. Mar. 2012. c.272p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199767632. $29.95. PSYCH

Travel & Geography

Frushour, Samuel S. A Guide to Caves and Karst of Indiana. Indiana Univ. Jun. 2012. c.156p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780253000965. pap. $22. TRAV