Book Reviews

In this section you can read reviews of academic books covering the USA, and its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico. Each weekend we publish two reviews, aiming to cover a wide range of books on all aspects of public policy and politics.

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    Book Review: The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider

Book Review: The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider

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In The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty, Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider focus on the volatility of domestic finances in the USA, presenting the findings of a new study based on the diaries of 235 households. In identifying the shared experience of financial uncertainty and the impact on people’s lives, this book provides […]

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    Book Review: Masculinity, Femininity and American Political Behavior by Monika McDermott

Book Review: Masculinity, Femininity and American Political Behavior by Monika McDermott

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In Masculinity, Femininity and American Political Behavior, Monika McDermott presents research that fundamentally questions longstanding assumptions regarding the influence of biological sex when it comes to US voting behaviour. Arguing that it is gendered personality traits that have greater implications when it comes to political preference, this offers a valuable challenge to reductive understandings as to how we behave […]

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    Book Review: From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago by Rachel Weber

Book Review: From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago by Rachel Weber

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In From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago, Rachel Weber offers an ‘elite ethnography’ of the ‘Millennial Boom’ of urban construction experienced in the city of Chicago between 1998 and 2008. Challenging traditional understandings of cycles of commercial property development, this book not only offers insight into Chicago’s overbuilding but also establishes an extensive research agenda within […]

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    Book Review: Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

Book Review: Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

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In Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon, Michael Engelhard takes readers on an encyclopaedic journey through time and space to explore the iconic positioning of the polar bear as food, enemy, spirit guide, monster, trade good and symbol of environmental crisis, amongst others. This is a beautifully illustrated and carefully curated book, offering comprehensive and fascinating insight into this […]

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    Book Review: In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime by Michael W. Flamm

Book Review: In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime by Michael W. Flamm

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In In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime, Michael W. Flamm draws on personal narratives and archival evidence to outline the development of the New York Riots of 1964 — instigated by the shooting of the fifteen-year-old black teenager, James Powell, by a white police officer — and their wider repercussions on the […]

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    Book Review: Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age by Nicole S. Cohen

Book Review: Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age by Nicole S. Cohen

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In Writer’s Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age, Nicole S. Cohen offers a new study of the working conditions of freelance writers in English-speaking Canada, the USA and the UK in an age of digital journalism. This is a lucid, informative and passionate defence of the central role that journalists continue to play in enriching democratic debate and […]

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    Book Review: Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds by Lisa Messeri

Book Review: Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds by Lisa Messeri

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In Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds, Lisa Messeri offers a new ethnographic study of how planetary scientists, geologists and astronomers engage in processes of imaginative place-making to know and explore the spaces of the cosmos. With the book particularly underscoring how these practices are often shaped around colonialist discourses, Taylor R. Genovese praises Messeri’s vivid, absorbing and […]

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    Book Review: The Despot’s Accomplice: How The West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy by Brian Klaas

Book Review: The Despot’s Accomplice: How The West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy by Brian Klaas

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In The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy, Brian Klaas provides a frontline account of the contemporary history of democracy, the current state of democracy promotion and the fundamental flaws in the West’s approach. This dynamic book offers convincing insight into the impact of current policy and proposals for future strategies that should be […]

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Fort Meade, MD

Photo date: 01-22-2014

Photo by Nate Pesce

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri stands for photo in front of the USO sign.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri visited the Fort Meade USO office on January 22. She signed autographs, took pictures, and met with soldiers from different branches of the military.Gallery

    Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

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In Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture, Vanita Reddy examines how beauty is a mobilising and socialising force implicated in the shaping of South Asian American identities, focusing on a range of cultural and literary texts drawn from the 1990s to the present. In showing beauty to be an active force in constructions of the social, […]

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    Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

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In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, investigative journalist Jane Mayer reveals how a elite group of plutocrats have effectively subjected the US political system to a process akin to corporate capture. This is a thorough, meticulously researched and compelling account of the financial takeover of US democracy that unveils the otherwise hidden […]

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