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Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Bad Feminist, XL Love, and The Birth of Korean Cool.

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Brainism: Understanding Our Recent Obsession With Stress and the Mind

What kind of worldview is lurking in all the chatter about neuroscience?

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Guide to a Sizzling Planet

Not everyone is a pessimist when it comes to predicting the impact of climate change. Too bad the optimists aren’t nearly as convincing.

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Red Science, Blue Science

The conservative war on science is an old trope, but apparently liberals have opened up a second front.

 

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False Clarity, Authentic Confusion

An American strategist’s broadside pales beside a stunning account of how ordinary Chinese grapple with the enigma of their own country.

 

Book Review: Helping, or Harming, in Haiti?

A new book analyzes the successes and failures of the Haitian earthquake relief effort and offers some lessons for future well-meaning humanitarian interventions.

 

Book Reviews: How the Wealth Gap Damages Democracy

Two new books explain the rise of economic inequality, and suggestthe rich are different than you or me: they have more political influence.

 

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The Dictator’s Learning Curve: David and Goliath Tales for Our Times

William J. Dobson’s The Dictator’s Learning Curve is an invaluable look at how strongmen hold onto power, and continue to repress their people—but it’s also a primer for how to chuck those dictators out.

 

Book Review: Practical Ways to Become More Creative

In Innovation Generation, Roberta Ness presents a blueprint for scientists and others who are striving to be more creative.

 

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, reviews Andrew Delbanco’s book about what an undergraduate education should be.

 

The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time

Fred Block, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis, reviews William K. Tabb’s view of the 2008 financial crisis.

 

The Book of Mormon: A Biography

Wade Clark Roof, a professor of religion and society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, reviews Paul C. Gutjahr’s new book.

 

How Norman Borlaug Went With the Grain

“Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug” is a multivolume biography that chronicles the microbiologist and his Nobel Prize-winning work to thwart starvation.

 

Explaining Liberals to Conservatives, and Vice-Versa

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt can tell you why you feel so righteous about your politics, but will you listen?

 

Review: Seeing Haiti’s Distress as People, Not Statistics

The new book “A Promise in Haiti” focuses on three families and puts meat on the bones of a nation most of the world sees as just a carcass.

 

Why I Quit Primary Care: One Doctor’s Story

In the new book “Out of Practice,” a primary care physician tells why he quit his practice and why the care of 78 million aging baby boomers can’t be left to specialists.

 

Finding a New Gandhi in the Book ‘Great Soul’

Like other great figures, new writings about Mohandas Gandhi tell us something about the subject but perhaps more about our times.

 

‘The Fair Society’ — Author Calls for More Equality

Social critic Peter Corning argues for a new social structure based on equality, equity and reciprocity in his new book “The Fair Society.”

 

Invasion of the Unregulated Chemicals

Carl Cranor’s book “Legally Poisoned” says lax, outdated law puts Americans at risk from untested industrial chemicals.

 

How Did Students Become Academically Adrift?

“Academically Adrift,” a new book on the failures of higher education, finds that undergrads don’t study, and professors don’t make them.

 

Your Brain: A User’s Guide

New books “Self Comes to Mind” and “On Second Thought” examine the origins of consciousness, and the unconscious pulls that influence our behavior.

 

Book Seeks True Justice for Crime Victims

Susan Herman, author of “Parallel Justice for Victims of Crimes,” wonders what if society did not see its help for victims as mere compassion or charity, but a core societal obligation?

 

Throwing the Book at China

The author of “China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know” examines the current crop of books aiming to open Western eyes to China in this “post-post-Cold War Era.”

 

Welfare Reform Failing Poor Single Mothers

“Stretched Thin,” “Both Hands Tied,” and “The War on Welfare” are three new books that highlight welfare reform’s failure to address the enduring poverty of single mothers and their children.

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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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