Social Sciences Reviews | June 1, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred review Helm, Leslie. Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan. Chin Music. 2013. 384p. illus. ISBN 9780984457663. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780984457694. AUTOBIOG

This marvelous and handsomely produced memoir is something of a detective story investigating the mysteries of both family and Japan. Starting in the 19th century, five generations of Helms lived, did business, and raised their families in Japan. Born in 1955, the author left the country on hard terms with his father and with Japan when he came to the United States for college. His father, Donald Helm, had served in the U.S. Army in World War II and returned to Japan during the occupation. He had hopes of becoming a scholar, but when he took over the family business in Yokohama, he and his marriage turned sour. Leslie eventually returned to Japan as a correspondent for Business Week and the Los Angeles Times, but it was only after his father died, and the younger man adopted two Japanese children, that he delved into his complicated history. He writes frankly and poignantly of coming to terms with his family and with Japan’s confused racial attitudes. VERDICT A lovely, unsettling family story and a vivid traversal of modern Japanese history that will impress the jaded Japan scholar and inspire the curious general reader or memoir fan. Recommended.—Charles Hayford, Evanston, IL

Library Journal Reviews starred review Joyce, Kathryn. The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. Public Affairs.2013. 308p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781586489427. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781586489434. SOC SCI

This intricate investigation of adoption ethics and religion is an incisive, evenhanded corrective to the view of child adoption as benign and salvific. Journalist Joyce (associate editor, Religion Dispatches; Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement) examines the rise of adoption as a practice and cause among American evangelical communities eager to save souls (by raising them in Christian households), prevent abortions, and care for the poor (thereby reclaiming a biblical mandate frequently dissociated from conservative Christianity). But the more than 150 million so-termed orphans and vulnerable children worldwide frequently have living family members, even grieving mothers, capable of raising them, circumstances seemingly lost in the mix of aggressive agencies, inadequate regulation, vulnerable families lacking understanding of the concept of adoption as permanent, and adoptive families with emotional and financial resources invested. Joyce details cases involving children from Haiti, Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda, South Korea, and the United States, shares the voices of a huge array of interviewees, and allows the facts to reveal how removing children from poverty has come to be seen as a virtue. Grim but not downbeat, Joyce’s reporting also indicates signs of hope for reform. VERDICT This exemplary study deserves a wide audience among all readers involved with adoption, from policymakers to prospective adoptive families.—Janet ­Ingraham Dwyer, State Lib. of Ohio, Columbus

Library Journal Reviews starred review Klein, Maury. A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II. Bloomsbury, dist. by Macmillan. Jul. 2013. 912p. photogs. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781596916074. $40. HIST

The common view of the United States during World War II is that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor awoke a sleeping industrial giant that became an unstoppable juggernaut, leading to an inevitable victory. Klein (history, emeritus, Univ. of Rhode Island; The Power Makers) compellingly traces the history of our World War II mobilization from its roots in the 1930s as Franklin D. Roosevelt and his supporters worked against popular opinion to prepare the nation for a war he considered unavoidable. Klein draws on an impressive array of sources to discuss politics, labor, industry, business, and the complex interplay of domestic and foreign events that enabled the United States to meet the challenges of war. VERDICT Very well written and exhaustively researched, this masterpiece demonstrates that accomplished scholarly work can also be accessible. Harold G. Vatter’s The U.S. Economy in World War II treated the subject in briefer fashion. Paul A.C. Koistinen’s Arsenal of World War II: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1940-1945 covered this topic, but in a dryer fashion. Highly recommended to both academics and lay readers.—Claire Houck, New York

The following titles are reviewed in the June 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


Library Journal Reviews starred review Berg, A. Scott. Wilson. Putnam. Sept. 2013. 832p. photogs. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780399159213. $40. BIOG

Clarke, Thurston. JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President. Penguin Pr: Penguin Group (USA). Aug. 2013. 448p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781594204258. $29.95. BIOG

Isenberg, Andrew C. Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life. Hill & Wang. Jul. 2013. 304p. illus. notes. bibliog. index.ISBN 9780809095001. $27. BIOG

Stratmann, Linda. The Marquess of Queensberry: Wilde’s Nemesis. Yale Univ. Jun. 2013. 336p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300173802. $35. BIOG


Dormehl, Luke. The Apple Revolution: Steve Jobs, the Counter Culture and How the Crazy Ones Took Over the World. Virgin Bks. 2013. 544p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780753540626. pap. $22.95. BUS

Edelstein, Ilana. The Patrón Way: From Fantasy to Fortune—Lessons on Taking Any Business from Idea to Iconic Brand; The Untold Inside Story of the World’s Most Successful Tequila. McGraw-Hill. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780071817646. $25. BUS

Mizruchi, Mark S. The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite. Harvard Univ. 2013. 370p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780674072992. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780674075368. BUS

Rosen, Evan. The Bounty Effect: 7 Steps to the Culture of Collaboration. Red Ape. (Culture of Collaboration). 2013. 330p. notes. index. ISBN 9780977461776. $29.95. BUS


Bennett, William J. & David Wilezol. Is College Worth It? A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education. Thomas Nelson. 2013. 240p. notes. index. ISBN 9781595552792. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9781595554222. ED

Library Journal Reviews starred review Bowen, William G. Higher Education in the Digital Age. Princeton Univ. 2013. 200p. illus. index. ISBN 9780691159300. $26.95. ED

Carr, Sarah. Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle To Educate America’s Children. Bloomsbury. 2013. 336p. bibliog. notes. index. ISBN 9781608194902. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781608194957. $21.99. ED


Calloway, Colin G. Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History. Oxford Univ. 2013. 368p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199917303. $34.95. HIST

Campbell, Gordon. The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome. Oxford Univ. Jun. 2013. 304p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199696994. $29.95. HIST

Edsel, Robert M. Saving Italy: The Race To Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis. Norton. 2013. 464p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780393082418. $28.95. HIST

Fox, Margalit. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest To Crack an Ancient Code. Ecco: HarperCollins. 2013. 400p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780062228833. $27.99. ARCHAEOL

Fraser, Antonia. Perilous Question: Reform or Revolution? Britain on the Brink, 1832. Public Affairs. 2013. 336p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610393317. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781610393324. HIST

Monod, Paul Kleber. Solomon’s Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment. Yale Univ. 2013. 412p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780300123586. $45. HIST

Neumann, Franz & others. Secret Reports on Nazi Germany: The Frankfurt School Contribution to the War Effort. Princeton Univ. Jun. 2013. 704p. ed. by Raffaele Laudani. notes. index. ISBN 9780691134130. $45.HIST

Vogel, Steve. Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation. Random. 2013. 560p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781400069132. $30. HIST


Fox, Charles. Uncommon Youth: The Gilded Life and Tragic Times of J. Paul Getty III. St. Martin’s. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9781250018212. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250018229. CRIME

Koerner, Brendan. The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. Crown. Jun. 2013. 336p. photogs. notes. index. ISBN 9780307886101. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307886125. CRIME

Raine, Adrian. The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime. Pantheon. 2013. 528p. illus. index. notes. ISBN 9780307378842. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780307907783. CRIME

Schrager, Adam J. The Sixteenth Rail: The Evidence, the Scientist, and the Lindbergh Kidnapping. Fulcrum.Jul. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781555917166. pap. $16.95. CRIME


Gallenberger, Joseph. Inner Vegas: Creating Miracles, Abundance, and Health. Square One. Jun. 2013. 304p. bibliog. ISBN 9781937907105. pap. $18.95. PARAPSYCH


Beardson, Timothy. Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future. Yale Univ. 2013. 512p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300165425. $35. INT AFFAIRS

Conner, Claire. Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right. Beacon. Jul. 2013. 264p. notes. ISBN 9780807077504. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807077511. POL SCI


Becker, Dana. One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble with Stress as an Idea. Oxford Univ. 2013. 256p. notes. index. ISBN 9780199742912. $35. PSYCH

Gnaulati, Enrico. Back to Normal: The Overlooked, Ordinary Explanations for Kids’ ADHD, Bipolar, and Autistic-Like Behavior. Beacon. Sept. 2013. 256p. notes. index. ISBN 9780807073346. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807073353. PSYCH

Haltzman, Scott. The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity. Johns Hopkins. Jun. 2013. 312p. notes index. ISBN 9781421409412. $55; pap. ISBN 9781421409429. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781421409436. PSYCH

Library Journal Reviews starred review Kaufman, Scott Barry. Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined; The Truth About Talent, Practice, Creativity, and the Many Paths to Greatness. Basic Bks: Perseus. Jun. 2013. 272p. notes. ISBN 9780465025541. $26.99. PSYCH

Rev. Jen (text) & Brian Peterson (illus.). BDSM 101. Skyhorse, dist. by Norton. 2013. 192p. illus. notes. ISBN 9781620877999. $16.95. PSYCH


Dubler, Josh. Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison. Farrar. Aug. 2013. 416p. notes. index.ISBN 9780374120702. $28. SOC SCI

Edin, Kathryn & Timothy J. Nelson. Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City. Univ. of California.Jun. 2013. 294p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780520274068. $29.95. SOC SCI

Hunnicutt, Benjamin Kline. Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream. Temple Univ. 2013. 236p. notes. index. ISBN 9781439907146. $34.95; pap. ISBN 9781439907153; ebk. ISBN 9781439907160. SOC SCI

Pierceson, Jason. Same-Sex Marriage in the United States: The Road to the Supreme Court. Rowman & Littlefield. 2013. 251p. notes. index. ISBN 9781442212046. $45; ebk. ISBN 9781442212060. SOC SCI


McLean, Maria Coletta. Summers in Supino: Becoming Italian. ECW, dist. by IPG. 2013. 192p. ISBN 9781770411371. pap. $17.95. TRAV

Wilde-Menozzi, Wallis. The Other Side of the Tiber: Reflections on Time in Italy. Farrar. 2013. 224p. photogs.ISBN 9780374280710. $27. TRAV

CORRECTION In the review of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (LJ 5/15/13), the reference to author Carl Hart as a former drug addict is incorrect. The review should have read that he experimented with drugs in his youth. We regret this editing error.