Jeffrey J. Dickens

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Character: What It Means and Why it Matters

Recommended for academic libraries and readers interested in legal ethics.


The Politicians & the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics

Wilentz's examples support well the thesis of an egalitarian tradition rooted in the dynamic of partisan politics from Thomas Jefferson to Lyndon B. Johnson and up to the present. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/15.]

The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East

Recommended mainly for college libraries.

And Yet…Essays

This book cannot necessarily be reduced to a simple appendage to Arguably, which is perhaps best for readers who are already familiar with Hitchens's main writings but want more. [See Prepub Alert, 6/29/15.]

Killer Apes, Naked Apes & Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse

Perry's book will mainly be of interest to readers who want to know more about the current populist discourse surrounding evolutionary psychology. Otherwise, it is not recommended.

The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East

The evidence of Middle Eastern capacity to effect the turn of events that Karsh traces back to the fall of the Ottoman Empire is compelling, although what's missing is a fair treatment of counterarguments. Recommended for academic readers interested in the debate between the New Historians and the traditional narrative of Israeli chroniclers.

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

General readers will appreciate the panoramic survey of the cases in which the VRA has been challenged and defended in federal and state courts and legislatures, and the fair inclusion of voices from both sides of the arguments. A timely and needed addition to the voting rights debate.

The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility To Protect

Doyle's writing is clear and erudite, but this book is recommended mainly for an academic audience, political science majors and graduate students, and scholars. Another work to look specifically at Mill's ideas on international relations, including nonintervention, is Georgios Varouxakis's Mill on Nationality.

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