Social Sciences Reviews | June 15, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred reviewFontanella-Khan, Amana. Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India. Norton. Aug. 2013. 288p. illus. notes. ISBN 9780393062977. $26.95. SOC SCI

Sampat Devi Pal is an Indian activist who in 2006 started the Pink Sari Gang, a woman’s vigilante group; by 2008, there were 20,000 members. Operating in the badlands of Bundelkhand (a region in the state of Uttar Pradesh), the women protest domestic violence and seek justice against the machinations of corrupt politicians and unresponsive police. They also conduct the traditionally forbidden mass “love-marriages” of couples. The group gets its name from the pink saris worn by its members. The author, a journalist of Pakistani-Irish heritage, spent over four years in India. She begins her book with the investigation of a case involving the wrongful imprisonment of a minor allegedly raped by a legislator. Along the way the reader learns of the Pink Sari Gang’s modus operandi and of Pal’s background and mettle. Despite her lack of a formal education, Pal emerges as an enlightened leader who could teach a thing or two to all vigilantes.VERDICT An inspiring profile of an extraordinary woman who breaks all stereotypes and of her cause. Dealing with a timely topic, this title is highly recommended for all applicable collections.—Ravi Shenoy, Naperville, IL

Library Journal Reviews starred reviewToye, Richard. The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches. Oxford Univ. Nov. 2013. 336p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780199642526. $34.95. HIST

During a 50-plusyear political career, Winston Churchill gave a lot of speeches, most of which were captured in the eight-volume Winston Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897–1963, with selections also available in such titles as Martin Gilbert’s Churchill: The Power of Words. Toye (modern history, Univ. of Exeter; Lloyd George and Churchill) tackles Churchill’s wartime speeches but from a more critical and analytical angle, which makes his book exceedingly important to scholars and others interested in Churchill and World War II. Toye goes beyond a simple assessment of each wartime speech and explores through diaries and other correspondence how Churchill’s speeches were actually received by his listeners. Thus we find that the speeches were, at the time, often not as reassuring or convincing as we might think today. Surveys conducted by the British government after a Churchill speech revealed a short spike in morale, followed by a decline a few days later as the war continued unabated. The historical consensus has been that Churchill was a great speech giver whose words soothed his nation during the long war years. Toye shows that the truth is much more complicated. VERDICT This well-written and well-researched book is essential for all Churchill scholars as well as those interested in wartime Britain.—Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames

Library Journal Reviews starred reviewAnderson, Scott. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. Doubleday. Aug. 2013. 592p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780385532921. $28.95. HIST

Many readers are familiar with the heroic tale of T.E. Lawrence’s desert campaigns with Arab tribes. Anderson (The Man Who Tried To Save the World), a journalist and author of both fiction and nonfiction, embeds Lawrence deeply in the complex environment of World War I diplomacy and policy throughout the Middle East. He skillfully describes British policy confusion reflected in the contradictory negotiations with French allies, the Arab forces, and representatives of the nascent Zionist movement, highlighting poor leadership and the huge losses of life and resources. Lawrence is shown as courageous and committed, one among several other young diplomatic adventurers—including the German archaeologist Curt Prufer, the American oil agent William Yale, and the Zionist agronomist and spy, Aaron Aaronsohn—pursuing conflicting national goals. The book makes clear the arrogance and self-serving actions of the British and French as they sought to replace Ottoman rule over the Arabs with their own imperial domination, generating decades of Arab resistance, political disorder, and economic stagnation in the region. VERDICT With strong and insightful writing, using T.E. Lawrence as a window onto the tragic history of World War I and its settlement in the Middle East, Anderson makes this complicated history both vivid and engaging. Highly recommended.—Elizabeth Hayford, formerly with Associated Coll. of the Midwest, Chicago

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


Bustos, Ciro. Che Wants To See You: The Untold History of Che Guevara. Verso. Jun. 2013. 496p. tr. from Spanish by Anne Wright. ISBN 9781781680964. $34.95. MEMOIR

Mattern, Susan P. The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire. Oxford Univ. Jul. 2013. 320p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199767670. $29.95. BIOG

Mulley, Clare. The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2013. 432p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781250030320. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250030337. BIOG

Wellman, Kathleen. Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France. Yale Univ. 2013. 448p. illus. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9780300178852. $45. BIOG


Butman, John. Breaking Out: How To Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas. Harvard Business Sch.2013. 256p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781422172803. $27. BUS

Huba, Jackie. Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers Into Fanatics. Portfolio. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9781591846505. $24.95. BUS

King, Stephen D. When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence. Yale Univ. Jun. 2013. 304p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300190526. $30. ECON

Klein, Gary. Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights. Public Affairs. Jun. 2013. 304p. index. ISBN 9781610392518. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781610392754. BUS

Kuttner, Robert. Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. Knopf. 2013. 336p. notes. index.ISBN 9780307959805. $26.95. BUS

Murphy, Patrick J. & Ray W. Coye. Mutiny and Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery. Yale Univ. 2013. 304p. index. ISBN 9780300170283. $26. ECON

Nesi, Edoardo. Story of My People. Other. 2013. 176p. tr. from Italian by Antony Shugaar. ISBN 9781590515549. $19.95. BUS

Raynor, Michael E. & Mumtaz Ahmed. The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think. Portfolio. Jun. 2013. 384p. notes. index. ISBN 9781591846147. $29.95. BUS


Mehta, Jal. The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest To Remake American Schooling. Oxford Univ. 2013. 400p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780199942060. $29.95. ED

Zemsky, Robert. Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise. Rutgers Univ. Aug. 2013. 240p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780813561349. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780813561356. ED


Beirne, Logan. Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency. Encounter Bks. 2013. 440p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781594036408. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781594036538. HIST

Clark, Emily. The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World. Univ. of North Carolina. 2013. 304p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469607528. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781469607535. HIST

Cochrane, Feargal. Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace. Yale Univ. 2013. 320p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300178708. $38. HIST

Day, David. Antarctica: A Biography. Oxford Univ. Jun. 2013. 624p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199861453. $34.95. HIST

Dunn, Susan. 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election Amid the Storm. Yale Univ. Jun. 2013. 432p. photogs. notes. index. ISBN 9780300190861. $30. HIST

Nellis, Eric. Shaping the New World: African Slavery in the Americas, 1500–1888. Univ. of Toronto. (International Themes & Issues). Jul. 2013. 160p. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781442605558. pap. $24.95. HIST

Library Journal Reviews starred review Parker, Geoffrey. Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. Yale Univ. 2013. 850p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300153231. $40. HIST

Sayer, Derek. Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History. Princeton Univ. 2013. 656p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780691043807. $35. HIST

Wineapple, Brenda. Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877. Harper: HarperCollins. (American History). Aug. 2013. 736p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780061234576. $35. HIST


Burnstein, Scott M. The Detroit True Crime Chronicles: Tales of Murder and Mayhem in the Motor City.Camino Bks. Jun. 2013. 240p. photogs. ISBN 9781933822273. pap. $17.95. CRIME

Rosenbaum, Thane. Payback: The Case for Revenge. Univ. of Chicago. 2013. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9780226726618. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780226043692. LAW


The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage. New York Review. Jun. 2013. 544p. ed. by Robert L. Silvers. ISBN 9781590176313. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781590176320. INT AFFAIRS

Library Journal Reviews starred review Schell, Orville & John Delury. Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century. Random. Jul. 2013. 496p. photogs. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780679643470. $30. Int Affairs

Wickham, Carrie Rosefsky. The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement. Princeton Univ. Aug. 2013. 352p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780691149400. $29.95. INT AFFAIRS


Burton, Robert A. A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves.St. Martin’s. 2013. 272p. notes. ISBN 9781250001856. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250028402. PSYCH

Magness, Milton S. Stop Sex Addiction: Real Hope, True Freedom for Sex Addicts and Partners. Central Recovery Pr. 2013. 334p. bibliog. ISBN 9781937612238. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781937612245. PSYCH

Manejwala, Omar. Craving: Why We Can’t Seem To Get Enough. Hazelden. 2013. 220p. index. ISBN 9781616492625. pap. $14.95. PSYCH

O’Toole, Jennifer Cook. The Asperkid’s Launch Pad: Homes That Empower Everyday Superheroes. Jessica Kingsley. 2013. 168p. photogs. ISBN 9781849059312. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780857007278. PSYCH

Satel, Sally & Scott O. Lilienfeld. Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. Basic Bks: Perseus. Jun. 2013. 288p. notes. ISBN 9780465018772. $27.99. PSYCH


Massengill, Rebekah Peeples. Wal-Mart Wars: Moral Populism in the Twenty-First Century. New York Univ. 2013. 256p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780814763346. pap. $24. SOC SCI

Shapira, Harel. Waiting for José: The Minutemen’s Pursuit of America. Princeton Univ. 2013. 240p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780691152158. $27.95. SOC SCI


Library Journal Reviews starred review Lin-Liu, Jen. On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Jul. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781594487262. $26.95. TRAV

Moxley, Mitch. Apologies to My Censor: The High and Low Adventures of a Foreigner in China. HarperPerennial: HarperCollins.Jul. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780062124432. pap. $14.99. TRAV