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Church and State in the City

Church and State in the City
Catholics and Politics in Twentieth-Century San Francisco

William Issel

Reviewed in the December 2014 issue of The Journal of American History read, "In Church and State in the City the venerable historian William Issel provides an in-depth examination of the juxtaposition of Catholic teaching—both social and economic—and the search for a vision of the public interest as it played out in San Francisco's public policy-making debates from the 1890s to the 1970s.... [T]his impressive political history of twentieth-century San Francisco will be fruitful reading for any student interested in urban history in general, or group-based politics in particular."

Also reviewed in the December 2014 issue of The Journal of Church and State read, "William Issel integrates religious, political, and economic history into a largely persuasive interpretation of San Francisco's history that places religion at the center of public life from the twentieth century's earliest years to its final decades.... The work draws deeply from Issel's lifetime study of San Francisco, and the result is an impressively detailed exploration of those whose voices rose to significance in the debates.... Readers...will no doubt appreciate Issel's thorough presentation of the way one religious denomination helped to steer a significant American city as its residents sought to define and work toward the common good."

Softly, with Feeling

Softly, with Feeling
Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

Edward Berger

Reviewed in the December 2014 issue of Downbeat. The review read, "Edward Berger atones for what he sees as America's failure to fully recognize the trumpeter's talents with a full-scale biography of the kind we don't often get—that of an unfamous person. lt reminds us that fame comes with long odds attached, but that the music profession offers many midlevel tiers in which a great player can sustain a rewarding career for decades without dealing with autograph hounds.... Berger interviewed his subject at great length, permitting Wilder to tell much of his own story. His candidness is refreshing.... ln Berger's account...musicianship and character exist in an intimate symbiosis."

The Outsider

The Outsider
Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment

Dan Rottenberg

Reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 16. The review read, "With The Outsider, Rottenberg [shows how] Greenfield carefully managed his public image, from the time of his emergence as a real estate trader pledged to the corrupt Vare Republican political gang of the 1910s and '20s, through his emergence as a banking and retail baron and patron of FDR's New Deal, to his post-World War II national prominence."

The White Savior Film

The White Savior Film
Content, Critics, and Consumption
Matthew W. Hughey

Reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "Hughey culls the most popular and profitable films of the last 20 years that deal with race in both subtle and overt ways, among them such blockbusters as The Blind Side, The Help, and Gran Torino. These and other films lay the foundation for Hughey's insightful, comprehensive critique of racial paternalism in US cinema and its broader implications in regard to race relations, social policy, and historiography.... [T]he study effectively probes the proliferation of the white savior in the US narrative and challenges filmmakers and audiences alike on the assumption that people of color must be rescued from their own circumstances, forced to assimilate, and managed in order to maintain white dominance. A cogent, well-written, and thoroughly researched book, The White Savior Film will have wide appeal across disciplines and particular interest for those in the humanities and cinema studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

Conceiving Masculinity

Conceiving Masculinity
Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity

Liberty Walther Barnes

Reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "[Barnes] states convincingly that in the 21st century, women still tend to be blamed more often than men for the failure to conceive, because an infertile man challenges the prevailing notion that reproductive prowess is a key component of masculinity. The historical analysis of the development of reproductive medicine provides interesting background information, and the interviews with employees of fertility clinics and with infertile men and their female partners provide insight into the experiences of infertility.... Barnes shows how gender can be defined and then redefined in order to preserve commonly held values about masculinity and femininity. Summing Up: Recommended."

Dominican Baseball

Dominican Baseball
New Pride, Old Prejudice

Alan Klein

Reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "Anthropologist Klein chronicles [the] changes [in MLB] by placing rich interviews of players, coaches, executives, and player developers (buscones) into the context of larger, structural forces. The author offers a unique perspective on identity fraud (e.g., underrepresenting a player's name or age), steroid use, player exploitation, and many other controversies stemming from the constantly evolving power struggle between the DR and MLB. In addition to providing an important anthropological voice to its subjects, Klein's research and analysis should be cataloged as part of the historical record of Dominican baseball.... Summing Up: Highly recommended."

Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs

Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs
Narratives of Community and Nation

Lisa Arellano

Reviewed in an essay on books about lynching narratives in the November 2014 issue of Pacific Historical Review. The review read, "Arellano is mostly interested in how lynching narratives, crafted by contemporary apologists and critics of lynching, form and function.... Based on the close reading of published and archival sources, Arellano constructs two ideal narratives that have shaped the public discourse on lynching during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.... Historians of lynching will agree that Arellano's ideal narratives epitomize the American lynching discourse."

The White Savior Film

The White Savior Film
Content, Critics, and Consumption
Matthew W. Hughey

Reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "[R]ich with qualitative interview data, including individual interviews and focus groups varying in age and racial diversity. Hughey organizes his interview findings into themes and subthemes, making the data easily accessible.... This book would complement an undergraduate or graduate class on race or film, and make good reading for anyone who is interested in these types of films."

Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization

Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization
Two Generations at an American Women's College

Krista Jenkins

Reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "Jenkins delves into issues of gender inequality, gender roles, generational differences, and the women's movement.... [She] explores how attitudes about gender, especially within the realm of politics, have evolved over a generation.... She does a wonderful job illustrating the ways in which the mothers and daughters today handle and process their experiences as women. This book is appropriate for courses on gender, feminism, and politics."

No More Invisible Man

No More Invisible Man
Race and Gender in Men's Work

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "In this well-researched and well-crafted book, Wingfield shines a light on the experiences of black professional men.... This book is a worthy continuation of this important line of gender research and the author adeptly adds both race and class as integral components of tokenism.... Overall, this is an excellent book that brings attention to an understudied population and does so with significant analytic heft."

God Talk

God Talk
Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion

Paul A. Djupe and Brian R. Calfano

Reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "What distinguishes God Talk, however, is not the empirical work comprising the body of the text, as useful as that may be in taking pulse of religion's involvement in certain contemporary political arenas. Rather, it is the care with which each experiment is designed and discussed, and the contextualizing of each within broader themes and ideas.... God Talk provide[s] intriguing and provocative findings.... [W]e can learn much from this book."

The Archival Turn in Feminism

The Archival Turn in Feminism
Outrage in Order

Kate Eichhorn

Reviewed in Vol. 42, Issue 3, 2014 of Archives and Manuscripts. The review read, "[O]ne of the most rewarding aspects of Eichhorn's book is its commitment to combining participant observation carried out in archives and special collections with interviews with archivists, librarians, researchers and donors.... Eichhorn's three case studies provide an illuminating account.... The Archival Turn in Feminism also provides a sophisticated grappling with the feminist archive's seemingly paradoxical mission.... Eichhorn's compelling investigations of the archive's complex field of cultural production (donating, collecting, cataloguing) give us a rare insight into the important intellectual and logistical work carried out by archivists and librarians, the book also tackles the trickier question of what is at stake, politically and culturally, for the future of feminism.... This is an original and perceptive book that provides an exemplary interdisciplinary model for future work on archives, all the while demonstrating the archive's central importance to the kinds of stories we tell about feminism's past, present and future."

Unbought and Unbossed

Unbought and Unbossed
Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation

Trimiko Melancon

Reviewed in the October 20 issue of Publishers Weekly. The review read, "[A] critical analysis of five 'post-1960s black women's texts.' ... Perhaps most provocatively, Melancon concentrates on the transgressive sexuality present in all of these books... and asserts its importance to the authors' larger project.... [S]erious readers of African-American literature will value the innovative observations offered on the intersection of 'race, gender, and sexuality' in American life and letters."

America's First Adventure in China

America's First Adventure in China
Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation
John R. Haddad

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of the American Historical Review. The review read, "Haddad characterizes the early years of U.S. involvement in China as an 'adventure,' and this book succeeds in providing a lively narrative of the years from the first American-Chinese trade contact in 1784 to the Burlingame Treaty in 1868. His approach is largely biographical, with vivid portraits of all the important players.... The first few chapters, from the earliest clipper ships and the Canton system through the development of a sophisticated China trade, are perhaps the most interesting, providing fascinating detail about the actual workings of the business, drawn from commercial records, private family papers, and secondary literature in American business history.... The general reader will find here a lively, entertaining adventure story."

Picturing Model Citizens

Picturing Model Citizens
Civility in Asian American Visual Culture

Thy Phu

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies. The review read, "What separates Picturing Model Citizens most distinctly from other recent scholarship on citizenship claims in Asian American photography...is [Phu's] deep engagement with the field of visual culture.... Picturing Model Citizens is a useful text for people studying Asian American history and culture and the history of U.S. photography, as well as for those interested in the philosophical and political stakes of theories of representation.... Overall, this is a valuable book, not just within Asian American studies and visual culture, but to all who are doing interdisciplinary, mixed-methods work in the humanities.... Phu's Picturing Model Citizens offers compelling, smart, and convincing arguments about not just what photographs mean in Asian American visual culture, but how they operate—especially in a social world that is hostile to minoritized subjects who appear as anything but 'good' citizens or 'bad' immigrants."

Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989

Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989
edited by Catherine Portuges and Peter Hames

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Slavonic and East European Review. The review read, "The book provides detailed information on a wide spectrum of film-related institutions, from funding arrangements to film festivals and the state of local cinema facilities.... [A]dmirable space is given to animation, documentary and experimental filmmaking, areas where significant work is being produced.... [T]he ideas offered here do justice to the impressive depth and extent of the factual material. This collection of densely researched, well-analysed studies offers a richly informative insight into a specific region that will be unfamiliar to many and also has much to contribute to broader discussions around globalization, film funding, the challenges facing small cinemas and the articulation of national and regional identity."

Softly, with Feeling

Softly, with Feeling
Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

Edward Berger

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Jersey Jazz featured a review of Softly, with Feeling, which read, "Berger does an exceptional job of presenting Wilder's life story in a way that gives a clear picture of Wilder as a man and musician, and does do by placing his life in the sociological context that lends a deep understanding of the factors that influenced how his journey evolved.... Berger has done a magnificent job.... This work will stand among the best of jazz biographies."

Constructing Muslims in France

Constructing Muslims in France
Discourse, Public Identity, and the Politics of Citizenship

Jennifer Fredette

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "Can Muslims in France be French? Fredette poses this question in the context of the French notion of civic nationhood and the doctrine of an abstract egalitarian republicanism that makes no ethnic, religious, or racial distinctions and is uncomfortable with multiculturalism. This book is not about 'constructing' Muslims but about the challenges of an increasingly diverse Islam.... Summing Up: Recommended."

Self-Determination without Nationalism

Self-Determination without Nationalism
A Theory of Postnational Sovereignty
Omar Dahbour

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Social Theory and Practice. The review read, "A great deal of Dahbour's book is spent dismantling the remains of what he argues are wrong-headed concepts like the nation-state, global cosmopolitanism, or ultimate sovereignty.... Dahbour's work has three important virtues. First, it restores the concept of political community to the centerpiece of politics. Second, it raises questions about the appropriate size for effective and just political communities, and third, it focuses attention on the material conditions that underpin collective life.... [T]he book's real strength lies in its re-visioning exercise."

Bill Giles and Baseball

Bill Giles and Baseball
John B. Lord

Reviewed on the blog, Gregg's Baseball Bookcase on October 12. The review read, "[Lord] has made valuable contributions to both Philadelphia and the overall structure of baseball.... For baseball fans, this book is informative and well written and gives you a look at how the baseball establishment runs itself. I don't think you get many opportunities to see how they function like this one. It also shows how important Bill Giles is to the game we see on the field today."

Dominican Baseball

Dominican Baseball
New Pride, Old Prejudice

Alan Klein

Reviewed on the blog, Sport in American History. The review read, "Klein writes engagingly and authoritatively for both scholarly and popular audiences.... Dominican Baseball is an energizing and highly readable mix of theoretical and ethnographic work that provides an anthropological perspective Klein deems necessary. His analysis provides fans, students and scholars with a nuanced understanding of the complexities, contradictions, and forces at play in the negotiation of interests between MLB's rules and policies for maximum profit, and the on-the-ground realities of survival for baseball prospects, their families, and trainers. Moreover, he clearly illustrates how Dominicans are systematically and derisively demonized in US sport media, representations used to rationalize and justify MLB's neo-colonial control of the island's baseball institution."

Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality

Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality
Five Pioneer Stories of Black Manliness, White Citizenship, and American Democracy

Gregory J. Kaliss

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Men and Masculinities. The review read, "Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality is a highly engaging and insightful study that situates these black athletes in a wider cultural context and that is able to demonstrate what they represented for different sections of society."

How We Die Now

How We Die Now
Intimacy and the Work of Dying

Karla A. Erickson

Reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Ageing & Society. The review read, "Uniquely, this book gently unearths some of the myths and taboos that surround why people are also dying differently. Erickson explores the concept of the 'Longevity divide' and her use of the participant observation technique gives her research a robust framework which carries the reader through the book towards the more probing and challenging sections. The authority Erickson commands by her commitment to her research is admirable and is reflected in the book. This is not simply a quick project but a heartfelt long-term commitment which is reflected through each page and engages the reader at every level. It is the interwoven personal stories that make the book so engaging and underpin the medical practice and academic learning and knowledge. This book feels like a journey.... Erickson's purpose, I believe, in writing this book was to engage with the reader emotionally first, to write a book that would change people's thoughts, behaviours and practice about how we make the dying experience a better one. She has done that superbly by underpinning that intention with a sound academic literature review and excellent research. This gives the reader confidence at every level."

Constructing the Enemy

Constructing the Enemy
Empathy/Antipathy in U.S. Literature and Law

Rajini Srikanth

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of American Literature. The review read, "Srikanth underscores, through a series of profoundly thoughtful chapters in Constructing the Enemy, that while US citizens like to think of themselves as pluralistic and welcoming, these attributes have been impaired by a sense that their vulnerability is radically unique."

Just Queer Folks

Just Queer Folks
Gender and Sexuality in Rural America

Colin R. Johnson

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of The Journal of American Culture. The review read, "Johnson's Just Queer Folks...offers a queer history of rural America, as well as an account of the normalizing national practices that transformed the countryside into the center of vicious normalcy... elegantly written and flush with class consciousness.... Just Queer Folks provides a powerful impetus to further inquiry."

Atlanta Unbound

Atlanta Unbound
Enabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning

Carlton Wade Basmajian

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Perspectives on Politics. The review read, "Atlanta Unbound is in effect a history of the Atlanta Regional Commission's planning efforts between 1970 and 2002.... [Basmajian's] exhaustive research into what he admits is often 'boring' material illustrates, on the one hand, the considerable political effort and skill it took to establish any type of meaningful regional planning apparatus in a conservative political climate such as Georgia, and, on the other hand, the utter inability of this regional planning mechanism to challenge received development priorities.... [The] book illustrates the value and future potential of meticulously researched explorations of activities of state and quasi-state institutions in illuminating spatial processes and policymaking, whether the activities in question are covert or merely opaque."

Suspect Citizens

Suspect Citizens
Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics

Jocelyn M. Boryczka

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Perspectives on Politics. The review read, "Suspect Citizens provides an original and important contribution to contemporary political theory, especially democratic theory and feminist ethics. The author moves with ease and erudition through the history of Western political thought and American political discourse, advancing a narrative that is complex and full of unfamiliar characters and unexpected affinities."

Transnationalizing Viet Nam

Transnationalizing Viet Nam
Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora

Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "The ethnographic data gathered is indeed remarkable.... Valverde's insider status allowed her to explore intimately Vietnamese community formation processes that outsiders typically cannot access.... [H]er critique of Vietnamese community politics [is] compelling... Another strength of the book is the ways in which Valverde makes visible the personal lives of Vietnamese Americans and their myriad efforts to establish transnational connections with those in the homeland at the same time that they try to rebuild and make sense of their new identities in the U.S. context.... [An] impressive study."

Mobilizing Gay Singapore

Mobilizing Gay Singapore
Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State

Lynette J. Chua

Reviewed in The Asian Review of Books on September 24. The review read, "[A] very welcome addition to the LGBT literature about South-East Asia.... Mobilizing Gay Singapore fills a void in foreigners' understanding of gay issues in Singapore. It will remain for some time the standard work on the subject and is a very welcome addition to the LGBT canon."

Out in the Union

Out in the Union
A Labor History of Queer America

Miriam Frank

Reviewed in the September 17 issue of Windy City Times. The review read, "This is a serious academic effort at cataloguing the intersection of the labor and LGBT rights' movements on a national scale.... [T]ere are specifics that Frank deals with, such as Harvey Milk or the Coors' Boycott; however, aside from these is a foundation that is common to the labor and LGBT causes, and her book lays that foundation well."

The New Eagles Encyclopedia

The New Eagles Encyclopedia
Ray Didinger with Robert S. Lyons

Reviewed in the Patriot-News on September 16. The review read, "Didinger isn't just one of the most knowledgeable pro football experts on this planet, he's one of the game's very best writers.... That explains the effortless lilt and flow of the prose in a tome of 440 pages. It concentrates not as much on games as on people, a lot of good and interesting people the author knows well.... For not just Eagles fans but anyone looking for a great read."

Atlanta Unbound

Atlanta Unbound
Enabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning

Carlton Wade Basmajian

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of American History. The review read, "[A] welcome addition to the literature. In examining how federal rule changes, geography, and competing stakeholders interacted with the imperatives of metropolitan growth, Basmajian illuminates and evaluates processes that too often remain obscure. Atlanta proves a worthy case study.... Among the important contributions of this study is its success in making visible the considerable impact of federal programs...there is a larger lesson here as well. As much as historians have described the uneven effects of urban restructuring over the last half century, it is difficult to appreciate just how those effects came about without the kind of multilevel accounting of public power that Basmajian provides."

Softly, with Feeling

Softly, with Feeling
Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

Edward Berger

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Jazz Journal. The review read, "Joe gives a lucid account of the techniques of playing in a big band, notably the first trumpet role.... Berger's annotation is meticulous and there is a good discography - you'll be amazed at the range of Wilder's participations.... Berger is a distinguished writer.... He is a most assiduous researcher and writes with impressive style and fluency. ln Joe Wilder he has laid claim to an outstanding career that needed documenting. Joe's superb memory gives him great riches, and Berger has produced one of the most absorbing books on jazz for some time."

The New Eagles Encyclopedia

The New Eagles Encyclopedia
Ray Didinger with Robert S. Lyons

Reviewed in the Bucks County Local News on September 12. The review read, "Among the things that make The New Eagles Encyclopedia a must-have for all who bleed green is the entertainingly written summaries of every playoff game — good, bad and ugly; a complete summary of Andy Reid's tenure as head coach (his 140 wins are, by far, the most in team history); new entries on coach Chip Kelly, former quarterback Michael Vick and stars Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy; a new chapter on the rivalry with the hated Dallas Cowboys; and expanded, feel-good chapters on hall of fame Eagles and milestone moments in team history, both good and controversial.... The photos are a treat too.... The New Eagles Encyclopedia doubles as the ultimate fan argument-settler, and a soothing balm for after those inevitable losses to remind you that things will get better."

The Art of Play

The Art of Play
Recess and the Practice of Invention

Anna R. Beresin

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Choice. The review read, "Although the focus of this brief book is recess, it conveys much more, offering a strong argument for the importance of play and art in children's education.... The examples of the children's play and art, as well as citations from many advocates for play and the arts, strengthen the book. By describing her experiences with administrators, teacher, and students, Beresin provides a vivid picture of the challenges the educational system faces and some ways to meet those challenges. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

Suspect Citizens

Suspect Citizens
Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics

Jocelyn M. Boryczka

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Political Studies Review. The review read, "Suspect Citizens offers an extremely interesting account of the ways female morality has been constructed in American history and will interest anyone interested in feminist theory and research.... [I]ts empirical accounts are important in their own right and will be of value to feminist scholars working outside the field of ethics."

Free Time

Free Time
The Forgotten American Dream

Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt

Reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Monthly Labor Review. The review read, "Hunnicutt's arguments resonate.... I recommend this book highly to those looking for a fresh perspective on the longstanding issue of the work-leisure tradeoff.... Hunnicutt's thorough research and meticulous sampling of quotations serve as undeniable evidence that there once was a vision of Higher Progress that even the most hardcore skeptic can't deny and that there could be one again. The book serves as a timely eye opener for any American worker to conduct a self-evaluation of the question 'Am I living to work, or working to live?'"

The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens

The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens
Race, Sex, and Cinema

Gina Marchetti

Reviewed in Afterimage Vol. 42, Issue 2. The review read, "The book is written with a clarity of prose and analysis, yet Marchetti's ideas and concepts are never rote or simplistic. Marchetti's close readings are also outstanding, strongly supporting the complex cross-connections of thought that she explicates with precision and fluidity.... [A]n excellent addition to the field of Asian and Asian American film studies."

The Archival Turn in Feminism

The Archival Turn in Feminism
Outrage in Order
Kate Eichhorn

Reviewed in Afterimage Vol. 42, Issue 2. The review read, "Eichhorn's theoretical evaluation of how institutional archives can operate as radical networks is essential reading for anyone who engages with the historical past as a mode to stage interventions in the present.... [She] very convincingly demonstrates how these institutional archives create sites of resistance and potentially stimulate activism.... Eichhorn's major contribution is recognizing that the radical tactics of these archivists and librarians is as important as preserving Riot Grrrl collections, and makes evident their crucial role in bringing these provocative feminist narratives to light."

Celebrating Debutantes and QuinceaƱeras

Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceañeras
Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities
Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez

Reviewed in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. The review read, "Rodriguez makes a strong case for the quince as a source of building, maintaining, and activating key social networks.... Those with little personal experience in cultural rites of passage may underestimate the power and status associated with such rituals. This book offers a chance to re-examine their value, and it gives real-life insight.... This book is an invitation to learn about these special cultural customs."


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