Greenwald on the NSA, Wartime Propaganda from Harwood, Memoir from Echols & Davis, Morton, & Much More | Social Sciences Reviews

redstarGreenwald, Glenn. No Place To Hide. Metropolitan: Holt. 2014. 259p. illus. ISBN 9781627790734. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781627790741. POL SCI

No Place To HideJournalist and former constitutional lawyer Greenwald (With Liberty and Justice for Some) examines the impact of the revelations in the National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked to him by Edward Snowden. It’s a fascinating read as Greenwald, a longtime writer on issues of national security and Guardian columnist at the time, describes his interactions with the whistle-blower and provides an erudite, complete time line of the events pre- and ­postpublication of the classified information. ­Greenwald dismisses the “collect it all” policy of the NSA, maintaining that its overarching surveillance powers—routinely collecting and quantifying data on billions of communications worldwide—don’t prevent acts of terror. Drawing on political theory and psychology, Greenwald likewise explains that the argument that law-abiding citizens aren’t affected is fundamentally flawed, because even the simple threat of universal surveillance impacts human behavior. He is scathing in his analysis of the “establishment media” (Washington Post, New York Times, etc.), both for what he views as deference to the U.S. government on matters of publication and their coverage of the leak, including the question of whether he himself is a journalist—or merely a “blogger” or “activist”—afforded constitutional press protection. In his analysis, the author breaks down the dense NSA subject matter and uses excerpts and slides from the documents to illustrate his points, making this work readable for even those unfamiliar with the technical concepts. VERDICT Greenwald’s delineation of the NSA’s actions, as well as his arguments for the right of privacy and a robust adversarial press, makes this book a must-read.—Amanda ­Mastrull, Library Journal

redstarHarwood, Jeremy. Hitler’s War: World War II as Portrayed by Signal, the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine. Zenith: Quarto. 2014. 224p. illus. ISBN 9780760346211. $25. HIST

Hitler's WarModeled after Picture Post in Britain and Life and National Geographic in the United States, Signal magazine was Nazi ­Germany’s most successful wartime propaganda publication; its peak circulation reached 2.5 million copies per issue. This chronicle of the magazine’s life span, which mirrors that of the Third Reich (April 1940–March 1945), ­offers a fascinatingly rich and detailed German civilian–centric account and viewpoint of the war, world, and culture. In both full pages and snippets clipped from the publication, every front of the spectacle of war and the German perspective is examined and framed chronologically—the battles and conquests, articles, ads, graphics, human-interest stories, and entertainment/society coverage—with that selective intonation and controlled word choice we’ve become fascinated with in propaganda and that no doubt propels its enduring intrigue. Owing dually to the effective production value of the publication and Harwood’s (The Secret History of Freemasonry) deft presentation of the material, though the story is understood (and it’s impossible not to measure the text retrospectively, knowingly aware of the gravity and sensational delusion), this book feels immediate and intimate. ­VERDICT Carrying an organic empirical quality rarely facilitated by a historical text, this rich and fascinating study is for World War II enthusiasts, historians, socioculturalists, and journalists.—­Benjamin ­Malczewski, ­Toledo–Lucas Cty. P.L.

redstarUntil the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements. PM Pr. 2014. 544p. ed. by Clifton Ross & Marcy Rein. photos. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9781604867947. pap. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781604869002. INT AFFAIRS

Until Rulers ObeyDetailing turn-of-the-21st-century social movements in Latin America, this book addresses the plight of long-marginalized segments of society, including indigenous people, students, and the LGBT community. Editors Ross (Translations from Silence) and Rein have compiled a collection of interviews from leaders and activists in 15 Latin American countries. The book is organized by country, each section beginning with analysis by a regional expert. This treasure trove of primary-source material conveys the strategies and tactics social movements have used with the so-called “Pink Tide” (or moderately leftist) governments that have come to power since the 1990s. While these states have appealed for broader participation and democratically approved constitutions, in reality they have tended to implement social policies that weaken the movements. None of the Pink Tide states have really addressed the roots of poverty or the environmental crises of a region where there is a relentless quest for natural resources by transnational corporations. This book fills a void in Latin American history coverage and does so with experts and the voices of grassroots activists. VERDICT Highly recommended for those interested in social change in Latin America or looking for a primary-source reader for modern Latin American history.—Leslie Lewis, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh

Professional Media

Schnapp, Jeffrey T. & Matthew Battles. The Library Beyond the Book. Harvard Univ. Jun. 2014. 176p. ISBN 9780674725034. pap. $23.95. PRO MEDIA

librarybeyondthebook063014While iPad-bearing soothsayers banish print books to dustbins, coauthors Schnapp and Battles, both insightful provocateurs from ­Harvard University, envision dynamic and fluid architectural spaces warehousing paper as well as pixels. In a spirit of refreshing experimentation, they ask: What flexible qualities from the past can accommodate tomorrow’s information consumers and, when combined, produce innovative configurations for a digital world? These structures incorporate basic components used in libraries across centuries, such as bookshelves, card catalogs, librarians, and reference desks. Building upon this framework, the authors imagine six plausible scenarios for serving tomorrow’s diverse information consumers, situating libraries as everything from study shelters to civic institutions functioning as mobile libraries, reading rooms promoting social change, and/or event-driven knowledge centers. VERDICT Schnapp and ­Battles offer plausible configurations of both book and library in the age of the Internet of Everything. Their imaginative essays demonstrate the rigorous research and design thinking customary within university settings. The mainstream reading public may have difficulty conceptualizing aspects of their heady discussion, making the title best for a professional audience.—Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA

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redstarMarsh, Charles. Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Knopf. 2014. 528p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780307269812. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385351690. biog


Greenway, H.D.S. Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir. S. & S. Aug. 2014. 272p. illus. index. ISBN 9781476761329. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476761381. COMM

Jones, Arthur. The National Catholic Reporter at Fifty: The Story of the Pioneering Paper and Its Editors. Rowman & Littlefield. Aug. 2014. 310p. ISBN 9781442236110. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781442236127. COMM


Bryant, John Hope. How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. Berrett-Koehler. Jun. 2014. 176p. notes. ISBN 9781626560321. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781626560345. ECON

Castronova, Edward. Wildcat Currency: How the Virtual Money Revolution Is Transforming the Economy. Yale Univ. Jun. 2014. 288p. notes. index. ISBN 9780300186130. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780300187410. ECON

Macy, Beth. Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town. Little, Brown. Jul. 2014. 368p. notes. ISBN 9780316231435. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316231565. BUS

Silverstein, Ken. The Secret World of Oil. Verso. 2014. 240p. notes. ISBN 9781781681374. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781781681930. ECON


Schaenen, Inda. Speaking of Fourth Grade: What Listening to Kids Tells Us About School in America. New Pr. Jul. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781595589064. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781595589811. ED

Straus, Emily E. Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California. Univ. of Pennsylvania. 2014. 336p. illus. maps. notes. ISBN 9780812245981. $55; ebk. ISBN 9780812209587. ED


Bayor, Ronald H. Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America. Johns Hopkins. (How Things Worked). 2014. 184p. notes. ISBN 9781421413679. $44.95; pap. ISBN 9781421413686. $22.95. HIST

Borneman, Walter R. American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution. Little, Brown. 2014. 496p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780316221023. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316221016. HIST

redstarCobb, Charles E., Jr. This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. Basic: Perseus. Jun. 2014. 304p. notes. ISBN 9780465033102. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465080953. HIST

DeRose, Chris. The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them. Lyons: Globe Pequot. Jun. 2014. 392p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780762796649. $28.95. HIST

Grove, Tim. A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History. Univ. of Nebraska. 2014. 256p. notes. ISBN 9780803249721. pap. $18.95. HIST

Messenger, David A. Hunting Nazis in Franco’s Spain. Louisiana State Univ. 2014. 216p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780807155639. $39.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807155653. HIST

Scotton, Frank. Uphill Battle: Reflections on Viet Nam Counterinsurgency.

Texas Tech Univ. (Modern Southeast Asia). 2014. 512p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780896728691. $85; pap. ISBN 9780896728677. $39.95; ebk. ISBN 9780896726864. HIST

Sides, Hampton. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. Doubleday. Aug. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780385535373. $28.95. HIST

Szczygiel, Mariusz. Gottland: Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia. Melville House. 2014. 288p. tr. from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. ISBN 9781612193137. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612193144. HIST

Wolmar, Christian. To the Edge of the World: The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express, the World’s Greatest Railroad. PublicAffairs. Aug. 2014. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9781610394529. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781610394536. HIST

Worthington, Ian. By the Spear: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire. Oxford Univ. (Ancient Warfare & Civilization). Jun. 2014. 424p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780199929863. $34.95. HIST

Law & Crime

Blanding, Michael. The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps. Gotham. Jun. 2014. 360p. bibliog. maps. notes. ISBN 9781592408177. $27.50; ebk. ISBN 9780698156982. CRIME

Carbone, June & Naomi Cahn. Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family. Oxford Univ. 2014. 256p. notes. ISBN 9780199916580. $29.95. LAW

Powell, Sidney. Licensed To Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Brown Bks. 2014. 456p. bibliog. ISBN 9781612541495. $28.95. LAW

Sarat, Austin. Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty. Stanford Univ. Jun. 2014. 288p. notes. ISBN 9780804789165. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780804791724. LAW

Political Science

Carter, Jimmy. A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. S. & S. 2014. 224p. index. ISBN 9781476773957. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781476773971. INT AFFAIRS

Chumley, Cheryl K. Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare Is Becoming Our Reality. WND. 2014. 240p. notes. index. ISBN 9781936488148. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781936488162. POL SCI

Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy. McSweeney’s. (Voice of Witness). 2014. 400p. ed. by Corinne Goria. illus. maps. ISBN 9781938073908. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781940450353. INT AFFAIRS


Davies, Jim. Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe. Palgrave Macmillan. Aug. 2014. 288p. notes. ISBN 9781137279019. $27. PSYCH

O’Connor, Richard. Rewire: Change Your Brain To Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior. Hudson Street. Aug. 2014. 304p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781594632563. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698156968. PSYCH

Social Science

Castaneda, Ruben. S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C. Bloomsbury USA. Jul. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781620400043. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781620400050. SOC SCI

Harris, Blake J. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation. Dey: HarperCollins. 2014. 576p. ISBN 9780062276698. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062276711. SOC SCI

Hong, Euny. The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture. Picador. Aug. 2014. 288p. notes. ISBN 9781250045119. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781250045126. SOC SCI

McKegney, Sam. Masculindians: Conversations About Indigenous Manhood. Michigan State Univ. 2014. 224p. notes. index. ISBN 9781611861297. $29.95. SOC SCI

Nazario, Thomas A. (text) & Renée C. Byer (photos). Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives Behind the Faces of the World’s Poor. Quantuck Lane. 2014. 352p. photos. ISBN 9781593720568. $49.95. SOC SCI

Shriver, Maria. The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. 432p. ed. by Olivia Morgan & Karen Skelton. illus. notes. ISBN 9781137279743. pap. $20. SOC SCI

Sztokman, Elana Maryles. The War on Women in Israel: How Religious Radicalism Is Smothering the Voice of a Nation. Sourcebooks. Sept. 2014. 336p. notes. ISBN 9781492604594. $24.99. SOC SCI

Walters, Suzanna Danuta. The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality. New York Univ. Jun. 2014. 336p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780814770573. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780814770597. SOC SCI

Travel & Geography

redstarGermany: A Literary Anthology; Beyond the Enchanted Forest. Interlink. Jul. 2014. 256p. ed. by Brian Melican. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781566569682. pap. $16. TRAV

Puls, Janko. Point of View New York City: A Visual Game of the City You Think You Know. CN Times. Jun. 2014. 184p. photos. maps. ISBN 9781627740883. $22. TRAV

Ramis, Sergi. Camino de Santiago: The Ancient Way of Saint James Pilgrimage Route from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Aurum: Quarto. 2014. 180p. tr. from Spanish by Peter Barraclough. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9781781312230. pap. $19.99. TRAV

Towns, Jeff (text) & Wyn Thomas (illus.). Dylan Thomas: The Pubs. Lolfa. 2014. 174p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9781847716934. pap. $24.95. TRAV

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