Social Sciences Reviews | April 15, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred review Hicks, Deborah. The Road Out: A Teacher’s Odyssey in Poor America. Univ. of California. 2013. 294p. photogs. notes. ISBN 9780520266490. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780520953710. EDU

Educator Hicks (education, Duke Univ.) relates the intimate story of her experience teaching a literary workshop to young girls in a poor Cincinnati neighborhood. She explores the quotidian question of how to improve the results of public schools serving impoverished communities by focusing on seven initially third- and fourth-grade students in whom she invested four years of extracurricular literature and writing instruction to infuse a passion for these subjects that would produce a desire to learn more. As a mentor to girls whose backgrounds in many ways mirrored her own, Hicks started by explaining how literature has the power to expand one’s horizons while she simultaneously focused on literature that depicts troubles all too familiar and that helped her students to make sense of the outside world. Hicks observed that a sincere desire for education could not alone guarantee that students would avoid truancy or earn a high school diploma. VERDICT By illuminating this schism and depicting her students as vividly in words as in the included photographs, Hicks offers a testimony to the “teacher experience” and contributes a valuable resource to the national discussion on school reform. Highly recommended for educators and others studying American public education.—Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL

Library Journal Reviews starred review Zuckoff, Mitchell. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II. Harper. May 2013. 416p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780062133434. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062133410. HIST

Zuckoff (journalism, Boston Univ.; Lost in Shangri-La) has written a kind of chilly companion to his previous best-selling book on a World War II aviation disaster. During that war the strategic air route between North America and Britain had a stop in Greenland, renowned for presenting atrocious flying conditions. In November 1942, three military planes crashed on the ice cap, leaving 17 fliers huddling in the wreckage. Over the next five months, various hazardous rescue efforts were undertaken by air and ground teams. Eventually ten men were saved. Zuckoff carefully relates the terrible physiological and psychological strains that almost broke the hope and souls of those involved. He joined the recent expedition that sought to find the crashed Coast Guard amphibious plane that saved two of the men and interweaves that story with the wartime tale of stubborn frozen survival. VERDICT This tale of true heroism, human ingenuity, and sacrifice by ordinary people in the face of a bitter enemy is for anyone interested not only in World War II aviation or modern scientific techniques for locating missing aircraft, but in popular histories of real adventure. [See Prepub Alerts, 11/19/12.]—Daniel Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL

Library Journal Reviews starred review Ho, Pin & Wenguang Huang. A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money, and an Epic Power Struggle in China. PublicAffairs: Perseus. Apr. 2013. 352p. index. ISBN 9781610392730. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781610392747. INT AFFAIRS

With access to information from high-level sources inside the Chinese government, journalists Ho (China’s Princelings) and Huang (The Little Red Guard) explain the full story behind the 2011 murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in a hotel near Chongqing. This book reveals that Heywood’s murder was merely a small part of a much more complicated story. Bo Xilai was an ambitious politician with dreams of ascending to the top office in China. However, once evidence surfaced that his wife, Gu Kailai, might have been involved in Heywood’s murder, Bo’s political enemies quickly used this scandal as justification to remove him from office, thus affecting the leadership of China. This episode has exposed the deep divisions inside the Chinese Communist Party; the authors make the case that the greatest threat to China’s stability comes from within the party itself. ­VERDICT The light this book shines on the secretive world of Chinese politics makes it an especially important work. A must read for all China watchers; those interested in real-life murder mysteries and complex political scheming will also find it fascinating.—Joshua Wallace, South Texas Coll. Lib., McAllen

The following titles are reviewed in the April 15 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


Guy, John. The Children of Henry VIII. Oxford Univ. Jul. 2013. 272p. illus. notes.index. ISBN 9780192840905. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780191655944. BIOG

Lipsey, Roger. Hammarskjöld: A Life. Univ. of Michigan. 2013. 752p. photogs. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780472118908. $35. BIOG

Meyer, G.J. The Borgias: The Hidden History. Bantam. Apr. 2013. 512p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780345526915. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780345526939. BIOG


Acs, Zoltan J. Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being. Princeton Univ. 2013. 272p. notes. ISBN 9780691148625. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780691148625. BUS

Library Journal Reviews starred review Adelman, Jeremy. Wordly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman. Princeton Univ. Apr. 2013. 758p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780691155678. $39.95. BUS/ECON

Gino, Francesca. Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan. Harvard Business. 2013. 272p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781422142691. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781422191385. BUS

Rogers, Jim. Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets. Crown Business. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780307986078. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307986092. BUS

Kirp, David L. Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools. Oxford. Apr. 2013. 264p. notes. ISBN 9780199987498. $24.95. EDU


Blondell, Ruby. Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation. Oxford Univ. May 2013. 320p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199731602. $29.95. HIST

Cannadine, David. The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences. Knopf. Apr. 2013. 352p. notes. index. ISBN 9780307269072. $26.95. HIST

Cartledge, Paul. After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars. Oxford Univ. Jun. 2013. 216p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199747320. $24.95. HIST

Daly, Michael. Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison. Atlantic Monthly. Jul. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780802119049. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802194572. HIST

Delaney, Enda. The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine 1845–52. Dufour Editions. May 2013. 320p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780717154159. $39.95. HIST

Library Journal Reviews starred review Jones, William P. The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. Norton. Jul. 2013. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780393082852. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393240580. HIST

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. Viking. May 2013. 416p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780670025442. $32.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101622704. HIST

Scott, Douglas D. Uncovering History: Archaeological Investigations at the Little Bighorn. Univ. of Oklahoma. Apr. 2013. 272p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780806143507. $32.95. ARCHAEOL

Steers, Edward, Jr. Hoax: Hitler’s Diaries, Lincoln’s Assassins, and Other Famous Frauds. Univ. Press of Kentucky. Apr. 2013. 240p. illus. notes. index. notes. ISBN 9780813141596. $24.95. HIST

Strausbaugh, John. The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village. Ecco: HarperCollins. Apr. 2013. 640p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780062078193. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062078209. HIST

Weil, Francois. Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America. Harvard Univ. Apr. 2013. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9780674045835. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780674076341. HIST


Avery, Michael & Danielle McLaughlin. The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals. Vanderbilt Univ. Apr. 2013. 292p. index. ISBN 9780826518774. $35. LAW

Falco, Charles with Kerrie Droban. Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9781250021083. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250021083. CRIME

Heins, Marjorie. Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge. New York Univ. 2013. 384p. bibliog. index. photogs. ISBN 9780814790519. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780814770269. LAW

Library Journal Reviews starred review Siegel, Barry. Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Want Him Freed. Holt. 2013. 400p. index. ISBN 9780805094152. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781429947336. LAW

Wesson, Marianne. A Death at Crooked Creek: The Case of the Cowboy, the Cigarmaker, and the Love Letter. New York Univ. May 2013. 400p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780814784563. $29.95. CRIME


Solinger, Rickie. Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs To Know. Oxford Univ. Apr. 2013. 240p. notes. index. ISBN 9780199811410. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780199930043. POLI SCI


Frances, Allen. Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life. Morrow. May 2013. 336p. notes. index. ISBN 9780062229250. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062229274. PSYCH

Smith, Scott Taylor with Michael Castleman. When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death. Scribner. 2013. 240p. bibliog. ISBN 9781476700212. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781476700243. PSYCH


Duberman, Martin. The Martin Duberman Reader: The Essential Historical, Biographical, and AutobiographicalWritings. New Pr., dist. by Perseus. May 2013. 384p. ISBN 9781595586797. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781595588906. SOC SCI

Hollis, Leo. Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis. Bloomsbury dist. by Macmillan. Aug. 2013. 416p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781620402061. $28. SOC SCI

The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. Feminist Pr., dist. by Consortium. 2013. 432p. ed. by Tristan Taormino & others. notes. ISBN 9781558618183. pap. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9781558618190. SOC SCI

Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives. Indiana Univ. (Studies in Antisemitism). Jun. 2013. 528p. ed. by Alvin H. Rosenfeld. notes. index. ISBN 9780253008787. $35. SOC SCI


Ivey, Jamie. Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence. Skyhorse. May 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781620876350. $24.95. TRAVEL

Library Journal Reviews starred review Moss, Sarah. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland. Counterpoint. May 2013. 368p. ISBN 9781619021228. pap. $17.95. TRAVEL

Shaben, Carol. Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story. Grand Central. May 2013. 336p. bibliog. illus. maps.

notes. ISBN 9781455501953. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455545629. TRAVEL

Storey, Gail D. I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. Mountaineers Bks. Apr. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9781594857454. pap. $16.95. TRAVEL