Social Sciences Reviews, June 1, 2012

starred review starPowell, Robert Andrew. This Love Is Not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez. Bloomsbury, dist. by Macmillan. 2012. c.272p. photogs. ISBN 9781608197163. $25. SOC SCI

Terrifying and sad, shocking and humorous, Powell’s memoir of a year spent following the soccer team of Juárez, Mexico, is a must-read. Clearly the world’s most violent city (2700 murders in 2009 alone), Juárez is home to drug cartels, corrupt and inefficient police and politicians, and literally thousands of dead and missing women‚ but it is also home to the Indios, the beloved local soccer team. Powell’s intent was to chronicle the Indios during the 2009 season; instead, he profiles Juárez and, in passing, the local team. The fact is that the Indios are simply awful, but their loyal fan base, El Kartel, lives for the team. On his journey, Powell relates the saga of border town Juárez, its decline and living nightmare of drugs and murder. His haunting chapter The Dead Women is not for the faint of heart (or cowards). Yet surprisingly, the faith and hope of many locals match their loyalty to the Indios. VERDICT More a chronicle of Mexican life than sports, this book will interest all readers who hope to understand a world just across the border from our relatively peaceful lives. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/11.]‚ Boyd Childress, (retired) Auburn Univ. Libs., AL

McKay, Sinclair. The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park. Plume: Penguin Group (USA). Sept. 2012. c.352p. index. ISBN 9780452298712. pap. $16. HIST

Bletchley Park, in rural Buckinghamshire, England, was the estate that became the World War II headquarters for the Government Code & Cypher School, where British experts deciphered German communications, including those encrypted by the Enigma coding machine. UK journalist McKay presents a sociological history of the scientists, engineers, and other academics (boffins) thrown together at Bletchley Park with debutantes and ordinary workers, all with a common goal. McKay draws on oral histories and interviews with those who were there to present stories of culture conflict, intense pressure and arguments, off-duty life, cramped working and living conditions, and relatively lax recruitment and security procedures. He also touches on administrative battles over funds and staffing, particularly for the women who kept the complicated organization running smoothly. This conglomeration of characters produced vital military intelligence for the Allies, while also, in the person of men like Alan Turing, laying foundation stones for the field of computer science. VERDICT An enjoyable book for aficionados of intelligence history or the human aspect of the critical work recounted in F.W. Hinsley and A. Stripp’s Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park.‚ Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL

Verria, Lawrence & George Galdorisi. The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II. Naval Inst. Jun. 2012. c.224p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781612510781. $23.95. HIST

Verria (social studies, North Kingston H.S.) and Galdorisi (The Coronado Conspiracy), a retired naval aviator, attempt to uncover the identities of the kissing sailor and the nurse in the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph taken on V-J day in Times Square for LIFE magazine. Eisenstaedt did not ask for their names. Several sailors and nurses have come forward since 1945 claiming they were in the picture, but there has never been a final ruling on how authentic any of these claims were. Verria and Galdorisi enlisted experts in photography, facial recognition, and forensic anthropology to try to determine which of the contenders were captured on film that day. Their analysis leads them to settle on the two they believe were the famous but unknown man and woman. VERDICT The authors have made an engaging and convincing argument, providing a wealth of information without lagging in pace as they unravel this intriguing true-life mystery. Their book will appeal to armchair historians, armchair detectives, and anyone who would like to know the story behind one of the most beloved photographs in American history.‚ Crystal Goldman, San Jose State Univ. Lib., CA

The following titles are reviewed in the June 1 print issue. Visit our Reviews Center (Beta) for the full reviews.

Anthropology & Customs

Flannery, Kent & Joyce Marcus. The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire. Harvard Univ. 2012. c.635p. illus. index. ISBN 9780674064690. $39.95. ANTHRO

Hamilton, Mary. Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. Univ. of Kentucky. Jun. 2012. c.240p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780813136004. $29.95. FOLKLORE


Guy, John. Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel. Random. Jul. 2012. c.448p. illus. index. ISBN 9781400069071. $35. BIOG

Swarns, Rachel L. American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama. Amistad: HarperCollins. Jun. 2012. c.400p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780061999864. $27.99. GENEALOGY


Abercrombie, Barbara. A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement. New World Library,
dist. by PGW.
Jun. 2012. c.400p. bibliog. ISBN 9781608680511. pap. $15.95. COMM


The Economists’ Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More. Columbia Univ. Jun. 2012. c.256p. ed. by Aaron S. Edlin & Joseph E. Stiglitz. index. ISBN 9780231160148. $22.99. ECON

Fisher, Melissa S. Wall Street Women. Duke Univ. Jul. 2012. c.232p. bibliog. index. ISBN ÔøΩ9780822353454. pap. $22.95. BUS

Gavagan, Mark. Gems from Warren Buffett: Tidbits of His Wit and Wisdom, Drawn from 34 Years of Letters to Shareholders. Cole Group. Jun. 2012. c.112p. ISBN 9780980005646. pap. $13.95. BUS

Keen, Andrew. Digital Vertigo: How Social Networks Are Destroying Our Privacy, Eroding Our Freedom and Distorting Our Identities. St. Martin’s. 2012. c.272p. index. ISBN 9780312624989. $25.99. BUS

Talbott, John R. Survival Investing: How To Prosper Amid Thieving Banks and Corrupt Governments. Palgrave Macmillan. Jun. 2012. c.256p. illus. index. ISBN 9780230341227. $25. BUS


Bickham, Troy. The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812. Oxford Univ. Jun. 2012. c.352p. illus. index. ISBN 9780195391787. $34.95. HIST

Cohen, David. The Escape of Sigmund Freud. Overlook Press: Peter Mayer Pubs. 2012. c.272p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781590206737. $28.95. HIST

Large, David Clay. Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games. Rowman & Littlefield. 2012. c.396p.
photogs. index. ISBN 9780742567399. $29.95. HIST

The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives. Beacon, dist. by Random. Aug. 2012. c.288p. ed. by Devon W.
Carbado & Donald Weise. bibliog. ISBN 9780807069127. $28.95. HIST

Stephenson, Michael. The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle. Crown. 2012. c.480p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780307395849. $28. HIST

Charles, Douglas M. The FBI’s Obscene File: J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau’s Crusade Against Smut. Univ. Pr. of Kansas. 2012. c.200p. bibliog. ISBN 9780700618255. $24.95. CRIME

Fisher, Robin Gaby & Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception. Touchstone: S. & S. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9781451652086. $26. CRIME

McThenia, Tal & Margaret Dunbar Cutright. A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation. Free Pr: S. & S. Aug. 2012. c.464p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781439158593. $26.99. CRIME

Zacharias, Karen Spears. A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder. MacAdam/Cage. 2012. c.324p. ISBN 9781596923751. $25. CRIME

Zorn, Robert. Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping. Overlook,
dist. by Penguin.
Jun. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9781590208564. $26.95. CRIME

Political Science

Gillespie, Andra. The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-Racial America. New York Univ. 2012. c.314p.
illus. index. ISBN 9780814732441. $35. POL SCI


de Hennezel, Marie. The Art of Growing Old: Aging with Grace. Viking. 2012. c.192p. tr. from French by Sue Dyson. index. ISBN 9780670023455. $24.95. PSYCH

Stone, Alex. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, & the Hidden Powers of the Mind. Harper: HarperCollins. Jun. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9780061766213. $26.99. PSYCH

Social Sciences

Martínez, Rubén. Desert America: Boom and Bust in the (New) New West. Metropolitan: Holt. Aug. 2012. c.352p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780805079777. $28. SOC SCI

Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media. Columbia Univ. Jul. 2012. c.352p. ed. by Pelle Snickars & Patrick Vonderau. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780231157384. $89.50; pap. ISBN 9780231157391. $29.50. soc sci

Travel & Geography

Budd, Ken. The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem. Morrow. 2012. c.464p. ISBN 9780061946462. pap. $15.99. TRAV

Seal, Jeremy. Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River. Bloomsbury, dist. by Macmillan. Jun. 2012. c.320p. photogs. bibliog. ISBN 9781596916524. $28. TRAV