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Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It

This sobering book is indeed needed to help individuals better understand how information can be massaged to produce any sort of message desired. Recommended for general political science and current affairs collections.

Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America

This is not exactly a how-to guide or a toolkit, despite the powerful tools designed to encourage grassroots activism, including media links and recommended readings in the final chapters. Instead, Jean-Pierre shows how and why we all need to participate in democracy and what is at stake if we don’t.


Antidemocracy in America: Truth, Power, and the Republic at Risk

Recommended for readers seeking a critique of the Trump administration from multiple progressive liberal perspectives based on public policy themes rather than celebrity scandals or legal challenges

We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America

Anyone interested in the lives and motivations of blue-collar workers and their participation in the electoral process should read this insightful work.


North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five

This is a quick and vivid read, brimming with political intrigue and lessons about what can happen when law and public opinion are used for political ends.

Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide

A timely and critical work that explains the ramifications of operating a winner-take-all election approach in U.S. state and federal districting.


Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram

Great for readers who want to learn more about African gender politics, the history of Boko Haram, and women in the media.

Native Stories | Social Sciences Reviews, December 2018


You Have the Right To Remain Fat

Combining aspects of feminism and women's health, Tovar's impassioned call to action challenges Western beauty norms and how women (and girls) develop self-esteem. Ideal for YA crossover.

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition

It's been said that if you're going to pick up one memoir of the Civil War, Grant's is the one to read. Similarly, if you're going to purchase one of the several annotated editions of his memoirs, this is the collection to own, read, and reread.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

This highly recommended, expertly crafted book will please a variety of readers, especially those interested in biographies as well as presidential, military, and American history.

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Essential reading from a Pulitzer Prize-winning giant of early American history for both casual history readers and historians.

Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat

This intelligent and recommended account is sure to appeal to readers of presidential biographies and American history buffs in general.

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

Those seeking an all-encompassing biography of Truman before he took office and after World War II should seek out David McCullough's Truman. However, Baime's spotlight on an influential segment of the 21st century and the man who saw the country through it will be appreciated by most readers. [See Prepub Alert, 4/17/17.]

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics

With several recent comprehensive biographies of Adams already available, Cooper's monograph is not exceptionally groundbreaking. However, it will be of importance to readers interested in the rise of American political parties, the national expansion and political reforms of the early 19th century, and the emerging sectional discord between North and South.

The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

Based on primary and secondary sources, this is an insightful examination on how theories and ideals are applied and changed by real-life circumstances. [See Prepub Alert, 4/17/17.]

The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace

A balanced, readable book based on thorough archival sources that will have considerable appeal to historians and political scientists, as well as general readers interested in the presidency.

When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

General readers may struggle to get through the exhaustive political play-by-play, but Engel does justice to his subject and his monumental, if underrated, feats.


Don't expect a Grant musical, but this important work of American biography belongs on every library shelf. [See Prepub Alert, 4/17/17.]

The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

With sound research and skillful writing, Calhoun offers a balanced treatment of the Grant administration that will likely be definitive for many years. Its straightforward organization and greatest strength make it accessible to both interested general readers and professional historians.

President McKinley: Architect of the American Century

Though sometimes lost in the 19th-century political weeds, this is a deserving reappraisal of a middling leader that will intrigue presidential history fans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/17.]

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

In seeking to understand rather than judge Hoover throughout the entire trajectory of his life, Whyte succeeds in creating a positive overview of the leader's long prepresidential service. [See Prepub Alert, 4/17/17.]

Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State

Highly recommended to those interested in women's history as well as the history of New York State. The work is particularly timely with the centennial of the successful referendum in November 2017.

Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women's Right To Vote

This slim, flowing account of women, whose financial contributions, celebrity, style, and innovative strategies revitalized a cause and changed history, will be welcomed by all readers.

A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama

Readers who enjoy learning about government and politics and want to know how Obama and his advisers addressed the challenges they faced will appreciate D'Antonio's thorough coverage. [See Prepub Alert, 7/11/16.]

Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail

Overall, this strong account is accessible to general readers. [See Prepub Alert, 5/16/16.]

The African American Electorate: A Statistical History

An excellent resource for college and adult users interested in this facet of American and political history.

Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition

Certain to spark controversy among historians and political scientists, TR enthusiasts will be offended by this scholarly dismissal, just as they were similarly outraged by James Bradley’s recent popular treatment of TR’s foreign policy (The Imperial Cruise). Both books provoke interest but suffer from one-dimensional viewpoints.

Fighting To Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War To Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Recommended for political scientists, LGBT advocates, and members of the military.

All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s

Self has written a book that should become the authoritative social history of the U.S. since the 1960s.

Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run Israel—And Why They Can’t Make Peace

Tyler is best at detailed descriptions of the who, what, when and where of the events described here, with extensive citation of sources, but he falters in explaining the why. Nonetheless, this will be valuable for readers interested in the history of Israel or the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

Tax Reform: A Reference Handbook

Very useful for those who want a quick and thorough introduction to an often-arcane subject.

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