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redstarBarbree, Jay. Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2014. 384p. photos. ISBN 9781250040718. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466836341. BIOG
Neil ArmstrongVeteran news correspondent Barbree offers an intimate view into the life of Neil Armstong (1930–2012), his friend as well as a national hero and very private person. The author paints a detailed and colorful picture of his subject and an unbiased depiction of the period in which he lived, while also demonstrating reverence for ­Armstrong as a confidant. The book starts with ­Armstrong’s experience in the Korean War and takes the reader through the ups and downs of the astronaut’s life and career, the space program, Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, his thoughts on the closing of the lunar exploration program in 2010, and his death in 2012. VERDICT This easy-­to-read, compelling, and well-written view of an American hero is recommended for those interested in history, biography, early space programs around the world, and the science of space flight.—Dawn ­Lowe-Wincentsen, Oregon Inst. of Technology, Portland

redstarBradley, Mark A. A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior. Basic: Perseus. 2014. 384p. photos. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780465030095. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465036653. HIST

Duncan LeeDuring World War II, Duncan Lee (1913–88) served in the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS, predecessor to the CIA) and spied for the USSR. Bradley, a former CIA officer and a current attorney with the Department of Justice, tells the fascinating story of this complicated spy’s life. While studying at Oxford, Lee became interested in communism. After returning to America, he secured a position with the OSS and began spying for the Soviets. During the Chinese Civil War, Lee incongruously assisted ­Chiang Kai-shek’s government in its struggle against Mao Zedong’s communist forces. Although he was exposed by a flipped Soviet spy at a House Un-American Activities Committee hearing in 1948, Lee escaped punishment through a combination of deft strategy, bureaucratic bumbling, and sheer luck. After his death, the National Security Agency declassified documents that confirmed his crimes. VERDICT Bradley provides extensive background information regarding the events of the time and all the characters involved, painting a vivid picture of the world in which Lee operated. Readers interested in Cold War history or real-life spy dramas will enjoy this thoroughly researched and highly readable work.—Joshua Wallace, South Texas Coll. Lib., McAllen

redstarPiskorski, Mikołaj Jan. A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media. Princeton Univ. Jun. 2014. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780691153391. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781400850020. BUS

A Social StrategyPiskorski (business administration, Harvard Business Sch.) examines how social media can work in businesses and what sets the successful sites apart from the rest. He writes that he prefers the term ­social platforms to social media, and investigates thriving examples such as Twitter, eHarmony, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The author advocates the use of social strategy, which, he explains, relates to lowering costs and/or increasing customers’ willingness to pay by creating better relationships with them; he provides case studies of such work at companies including Yelp, American Express, and Nike. ­Piskorski draws on research and theoretical studies as well as statistical data related to the businesses examined. The concepts he uses include social failures in which mutually beneficial relationships do not take place and social solutions, which are designed to maintain successful interactions. ­VERDICT Piskorski’s thought-provoking and well-researched title is groundbreaking and should be required reading for those in business, and business faculty and students.—Lucy Heckman, St. John’s Univ. Lib., Queens, NY

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Whitmire, Ethelene. Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian. Univ. of Illinois. 2014. 176p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780252038501. $55. BIOG


Brayfield, Celia & Duncan Sprott. Writing Historical Fiction: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion. Bloomsbury Academic. (Writers & Artists’ Companion). 2014. 344p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781780937854. pap. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780935775. COMM

The Times of the Sixties: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities That Shaped the Decade. Black Dog & Leventhal. Jun. 2014. 304p. ed. by John Rockwell. illus. index. ISBN 9781579129644. $29.95. COMM

Wall Street Journal. Dogfight at the Pentagon: Sergeant Dogs, Grumpy Cats, Wallflower Wingmen, and Other Lunacy from the Wall Street Journal’s A-Hed Column. Harper Perennial. 2014. 160p. ed. by Barry Newman. illus. ISBN 9780062333193. pap. $15.99. COMM


Fernández-Aráoz, Claudio. It’s Not the How or the What But the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best. Harvard Business Review. Jun. 2014. 240p. illus. notes. ISBN 9781625271525. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781625271532. BUS

Rose, David S. Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups. Wiley. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781118858257. $35. BUS

Thompson, Don. The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art. Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. 288p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781137279088. $27. ECON


Naison, Mark. Badass Teachers Unite! Reflections on Education, History, and Youth Activism. Haymarket. 2014. 200p. index. ISBN 9781608463619. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608464302. ED

Zweig, David. Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion. Portfolio. Jun. 2014. 256p. illus. notes. ISBN 9781591846345. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101620243. CAREERS


Anonymous Members of the Kovno Jewish Ghetto Police. The Clandestine History of the Kovno Jewish Ghetto Police. Indiana Univ. 2014. 408p. ed. by Samuel Schalkowsky. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780253012838. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780253012975. HIST

Bonelli, Charlotte. Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany. Yale Univ. 2014. 320p. tr. from German by Natascha Bodemann. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780300197525. $30. HIST

Cameron, Averil. Byzantine Matters. Princeton Univ. 2014. 192p. illus. maps. notes. ISBN 9780691157634. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9781400850099. HIST

Duffy, Peter. Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring. Scribner. Jul. 2014. 320p. photos. notes. ISBN 9781451667950. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451667974. HIST

redstarGreene, Jerome A. American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890. Univ. of Oklahoma. 2014. 648p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780806144481. $34.95. HIST

Ingram, Tammy. Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900–1930. Univ. of North Carolina. 2014. 280p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469612980. $29.95. HIST

Leigh, Philip. Trading with the Enemy: The Covert Economy During the American Civil War. Westholme. 2014. 248p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781594161995. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781594165764. HIST

Lindqvist, Sven. The Dead Do Not Die: “Exterminate All the Brutes” and Terra Nullius. New Pr. Jul. 2014. 400p. tr. from Swedish by Joan Tate & Sarah Death. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781595589897. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781620970034. HIST

Martin, Paul. Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem. Prometheus. 2014. 295p. photos. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781616149277. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616149284. HIST

redstarNiebuhr, Gustav. Lincoln’s Bishop: A President, a Priest, and the Fate of 300 Dakota Sioux Warriors. HarperOne. Jun. 2014. 224p. notes. bibliog. index.

ISBN 9780062097682. $26.99. HIST

Osborne, Linda Barrett & Paolo Battaglia. Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress. Anniversary. 2013. 320p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9788896408148. $55. HIST

redstarOsterhammel, Jürgen. The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. Princeton Univ. (America in the World). 2014. 1192p. tr. from German by Patrick Camiller. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780691147451. $39.95. HIST

Pressfield, Steven. The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War. Sentinel. 2014. 448p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781595230911. $29.95. HIST

Rayburn, Joel. Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance. Hoover Institution. Jul. 2014. 284p. ISBN 9780817916947. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780817916961. MILITARY HISTORY

Rowland, Ingrid D. From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town. Belknap: Harvard Univ. 2014. 344p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780674047938. $28.95. HIST

Twitchell, James B. Winnebago Nation: The RV in American Culture. Columbia Univ. 2014. 192p. illus. ISBN 9780231167789. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780231537650. HIST

Webb, James. I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir. S. & S. 2014. 400p. index. ISBN 9781476741123. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476741161. MILITARY STUDIES

Law & Crime

Bates, Stephen. The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor. Overlook. 2014. 352p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781468309119. $27.95. CRIME

Lankester, Marisa. Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside an Illegal Billion Dollar Sports Betting Operation. Cappuccino. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9783906196008. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9783906196015. CRIME


Watson, Nigel. UFO Investigations Manual: UFO Investigations from 1892 to the Present Day. Haynes. 2014. 164p. illus. index. ISBN 9780857334008. $34.95. PARAPSYCH

Political Science

Hughey, Matthew W. & Gregory S. Parks. The Wrongs of the Right: Language, Race, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama. New York Univ. 2014. 240p. notes. ISBN 9780814760543. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780814789247. POL SCI

redstarMousavian, Seyed Hossein with Shahir ShahidSaless. Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace. Bloomsbury Academic. 2014. 384p. notes. ISBN 9781628920079. $35. POL SCI


redstarBurns, Tom. Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry. Pegasus. Jun. 2014. 384p. index. ISBN 9781605985701. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781605986005. PSYCH

Crenshaw, Wes. I Always Want To Be Where I’m Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD. Family Psychological. 2014. 231p. ISBN 9780985283315. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9780985283308. $15.99. PSYCH

Social Science

Blastland, Michael & David Spiegelhalter. The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death. Basic: Perseus. Jun. 2014. 384p. illus. notes. ISBN 9780465085705. pap. $16.99. SOC SCI

Clemente, Deirdre. Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style. Univ. of North Carolina. 2014. 224p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469614076. $29.95. SOC SCI

Fincher, Leta Hong. Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Zed. (Asian Arguments). 2014. 224p. notes. ISBN 9781780329222. $134.95; pap. ISBN 9781780329215. $24.95. SOC SCI

redstarFinney, Carolyn. Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Univ. of North Carolina. Jun. 2014. 224p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469614489. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781469614496. SOC SCI

Ghaziani, Amin. There Goes the Gayborhood? Princeton Univ. (Studies in Cultural Sociology). Aug. 2014. 360p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9780691158792. $35. SOC SCI

Payton, Theresa M. & Ted Claypoole. Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014. 228p. notes. index. ISBN 9781442225459. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781442225466. SOC SCI

Smillie, Ian. Diamonds. Polity. (Resources). 2014. 204p. notes. ISBN 9780745672304. $49.95; pap. ISBN 9780745672311. $19.95. SOC SCI

Travel & Geography

Kevin, Brian. The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America. Broadway: Crown. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780770436377. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780770436384. TRAV

Skolnick, Adam & others. Florida and the South’s Best Trips: 28 Amazing Road Trips. 2d ed. Lonely Planet. 2014. 351p. illus. maps. ISBN 9781741798135. pap. $24.99. TRAV

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