Social Sciences Reviews | October 15, 2013

redstar Scott-Clark, Cathy & Adrian Levy. The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel. Penguin. Nov. 2013. 352p. index. ISBN 9780143123750. $28. CRIME

On November 26, 2008, the city of Mumbai was upended by a series of terrorist attacks that damaged and destroyed multiple targets, killing 166 people and injuring 293. Journalists Scott-Clark and Levy tell the story of the next three days, focusing on the Taj Hotel, a towering landmark and symbol of wealth and luxury in the city, which was the locus of the siege. Using recollections of the survivors along with official reports and other sources, they begin with the terrorists’ water landing, then backtrack to cover the backstories of the hotel staff and guests, as well as the terrorists themselves and the American double agent who was intimately involved in the planning of the attack. The authors walk the reader through the first hideous 24 hours and the grim mop-up that revealed the true scope of the devastation. Cut off from official help, the hotel employees and guests worked bravely to escape the bullets and flames that surrounded them. Scott-Clark and Levy show how unheeded warnings and lax security enabled a preventable tragedy. VERDICT This thorough and compulsively readable account of the Mumbai attacks will be appreciated by readers of current events and the war on terror.—­Deirdre Bray, Middletown P.L., OH

LaFayette, Bernard, Jr. & Kathryn Lee Johnson. In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma. Univ. Pr. of Kentucky. (Civil Rights & the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century). Nov. 2013. 224p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780813143866. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780813144344. AUTOBIOG

LaFayette (Candler Sch. of Theology, Emory Univ.) took part in Nashville lunch counter sit-ins and the Freedom Rides, but his greatest contribution to the civil rights movement was as the director of voter registration in Selma, AL. Originally, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, of which he was cofounder, decided against working in Selma because it was too dangerous. LaFayette insisted he wanted the challenge of registering African American voters there. His memoir details just what it took to get an African American registered to vote in a state where, in some counties, that hadn’t happened in more than 50 years. He worked with other brave men and women, overcoming white and black leaders who did not like outsiders, and trained black residents to pass the arduous literacy test. The specter of violence and death hung over them. The project came to a head in 1965 when he, Martin Luther King Jr., and thousands of others marched from Selma to Montgomery, AL, in support of voting rights, and Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. Throughout, LaFayette expounds on the principles of nonviolence and how they helped the movement. VERDICT This book is for anyone interested in civil rights history, American history, or the philosophy of nonviolence. Recommended.—Jason Martin, Stetson Univ. Lib., DeLand, FL

redstar McLeod, Jack. The North Cascades Highway: A Roadside Guide. Univ. of Washington. Oct. 2013. 128p. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9780295993164. pap. $26.95. TRAV

Because it often does go without saying, it needs to be mentioned that often—even in a world of GPS-aided adventure map apps, etc.—the most accessible and handily detailed visual guide is a book. Case in point: this geological (also cultural) overview of the dramatic and gorgeous 80-mile stretch of highway traversing the North Cascades in Washington State. Organized into a series of 18 noteworthy stops, the book, written by high school science teacher McLeod, captures panoramic views and identifies peaks and mountains from the various vantage points. It also focuses, from micro to macro levels, on flora and fauna and illuminates a geological history blurred or altogether bypassed by the automobile. It’s padded with mileage and parking information, informative maps and charts, and appendixes offering cheat sheets on glaciers, erosion, plate tectonics, geological timetables, and rocks. Verdict The answer for anyone who has driven through a spectacular mountain range and wondered, “Which one is which?” More than just a thoroughly detailed tour with breathtaking photography, this work is the essential geohistorical study for this range and is recommended for Washingtonians, Cascade hikers and enthusiasts, and academics.—Benjamin Malczewski, Toledo–Lucas Cty. P.L.

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Patterson, Thomas E. Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism. Vintage. Oct. 2013. 272p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780345806604. pap. $15. COMM


Chander, Anupam. The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce. Yale Univ. 2013. 296p. notes. index. ISBN 9780300154597. $28. BUS

Dawlabani, Said Elias. MEMEnomics: The Next-Generation Economic System. SelectBooks. 2013. 296p. index. ISBN 9781590799963. $26.95. BUS

Gerchick, Mark. Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today. Norton. 2013. 288p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780393081107. $24.95. BUS

Rosen, Bob. Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World. Jossey-Bass. Nov. 2013. 240p. notes. index. ISBN 9781118680773. $26.99. BUS

Smil, Vaclav. Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing. MIT. 2013. 256p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780262019385. $27.95. BUS


Korn, Peter. Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman. David R. Godine. 2013. 176p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781567925111. $24.95. CAREERS

Lauer, Vaughn. When the School Says No…How To Get the Yes! Securing Special Education Services for Your Child. Jessica Kingsley. Oct. 2013. 336p. index. ISBN 9781849059176. pap. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780857006646. ED

Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation. MIT. 2013. 304p. ed. by Peggy F. Barlett. & Geoffrey W. Chase. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780262019491. $54; pap. ISBN 9780262519656. $26.95. ED

Yenawine, Philip. Visual Thinking Strategies: Using Art To Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines. Harvard Education. Oct. 2013. 186p. notes. index. ISBN 9781612506104. $44.95; pap. ISBN 9781612506098. $26.95. ED


Baker, Peter. Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House. Doubleday. Oct. 2013. 816p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780385525183. $35. HIST

Bernstein, Arnie. Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund. St. Martin’s. 2013. 368p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781250006714. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250036445. HIST

Galor, Katharina & Hanswulf Bloedhorn. The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins to the Ottomans. Yale Univ. Nov. 2013. 368p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300111958. $50. ARCHAEOL

Guardiola-Rivera, Oscar. Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, September 11, 1973. Bloomsbury. Nov. 2013. 512p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781608198962. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781608199013. HIST

Merridale, Catherine. Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin. Metropolitan. Nov. 2013. 528p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780805086805. $35. HIST

Nichols, Roger L. Warrior Nations: The United States and Indian Peoples. Univ. of Oklahoma. Oct. 2013. 256p. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780806143828. pap. $19.95. HIST


Baxter, Carol. The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison, and Pursuit. Oneworld. Oct. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781780742434. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780742441. CRIME

Blecker, Robert. The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst. Palgrave Macmillan. Nov. 2013. 320p. notes. ISBN 9781137278562. $28. LAW

Brandon, Mark E. States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order. Univ. Pr. of Kansas. 2013. 352p. notes. index. ISBN 9780700619238. $37.50. LAW

Dershowitz, Alan. Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law. Crown. Oct. 2013. 528p. notes. ISBN 9780307719270. $28. LAW

Gasparino, Charles. span class=”k4productname”>Circle of Friends: The Massive Federal Crackdown on Insider Trading—and Why the Markets Always Work Against the Little Guy. HarperBusiness. 2013. 369p. index. ISBN 9780062096067. $28.99. CRIME

Lenzner, Terry. The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth. Blue Rider. Oct. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780399160554. $27.95. CRIME

Thompson, Douglas. The Dark Heart of Hollywood: Glamour, Guns, and Gambling—Inside the Mafia’s Global Empire. Mainstream. 2013. 352p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9781780576107. pap. $15.95. CRIME


Berne, Rosalyn W. When the Horses Whisper: The Wisdom of Wise and Sentient Beings. Rainbow Ridge. Nov. 2013. 176p. photos. ISBN 9781937907167. pap. $16.95. PARAPSYCH


Barber, Benjamin R. If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. Yale Univ. Nov. 2013. 428p. notes. index. ISBN 9780300164671. $30. POL SCI

Haqqani, Husain. Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding. Public Affairs. Nov. 2013. 432p. notes. index. ISBN 9781610393171. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781610393188. INT AFFAIRS

Schnall, Marianne. What Will It Take To Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power. Seal: Perseus. Nov. 2013. 256p. pap. ISBN 9781580054966. $16. POL SCI


Goleman, Daniel. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Harper. Oct. 2013. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9780062114860. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062114976. PSYCH


Preciado, Beatriz. Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era. Feminist Pr. at CUNY. Oct. 2013. 432p. tr. from French by Bruce Benderson. ISBN 9781558618374. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781558618381. SOC SCI

The Best American Travel Writing 2013. Mariner. (Best American). Oct. 2013. 256p. ed. by Elizabeth Gilbert & Jason Wilson. ISBN 9780547808987. pap. $14.95. TRAV

Brechneff, Christian with Tim Lovejoy. The Greek House: The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos. Farrar. 2013. 304p. illus. ISBN 9780374166717. $26. TRAV

Cope, Tim. On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads. Bloomsbury. 2013. 528p. maps. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781608190720. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781608194476. TRAV

Garrett, Bradley L. Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City. Verso. Oct. 2013. 320p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9781781681299. $29.95. TRAV

Halpern, Janel & Harvey Appelbaum. Not the Met: Exploring the Smaller Museums of Manhattan. Pelican. Oct. 2013. 128p. photos. ISBN 9781455618682. pap. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781455618699. TRAV

Jacobson, Howard. In the Land of Oz. Bloomsbury. Dec. 2013. 528p. ISBN 9781608198955. pap. $20. TRAV

Kajiyama, Sumiko. Cool Japan: A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku, and Japanese Culture Past and Present. Museyon. Nov. 2013. 288p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9780984633456. pap. $19.95. TRAV

Scott, Bart. Ears of Steel: The Real Man’s Guide to Walt Disney World. Intrepid Traveler. Nov. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781937011345. pap. $14.95. TRAV

Stiegler, Bernd. Traveling in Place: A History of Armchair Travel. Univ. of Chicago. Nov. 2013. 272p. tr. from German by Peter Filkins. illus. ISBN 9780226774671. $25. TRAV

Volkmar, Janine S. France with My Father: A Journey Through Memory, Art, Time, and Family. Fithian. Nov. 2013. 176p. ISBN 9781564745507. pap. $14.95. TRAV

Waddell, Lynn. Fringe Florida: Travels Among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists, and Other Lovers of Unconventional Lifestyles. Univ. Pr. of Florida. 2013. 288p. photos. notes. ISBN 9780813044934. $24.95. TRAV

redstar Wigge, Michael. How To Travel the World for Free: One Man, 150 Days, Eleven Countries, No Money! Skyhorse. 2013. 176p. photos. ISBN 9781626360310. pap. $14.95. TRAV

Wilkins, Charles. Little Ship of Fools: 16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic. Greystone. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781553658788. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781553658795. TRAV