REVIEW: “Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations” by Brandon L. Garrett

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, by Brandon L. Garrett Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 978-0674368316 Copyright November 2014, Hardcover, 384 Pages An absolute legal delight. Greatly comprehensive and extraordinarily fascinating, this book nimbly surveys corporate prosecutions and white-collar crimes. With trained focus on dissecting deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements, the book…

REVIEW: “Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win” by Paul M. Barrett

Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, by Paul M. Barrett Crown, 978-0770436346 Copyright September 2014, Hardcover, 304 Pages An intoxicating legal spectacle with an extraordinarily melodramatic progression of events from beginning to end. Set in Ecuador’s unorthodox judicial climate, the…

REVIEW: “Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality” by Richard Thompson Ford

Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality, by Richard Thompson Ford Picador, 978-1250013927 Copyright October 2012, Paperback, 288 Pages This book is uncannily shrewd; it is in a league of its own with its plentiful offerings of unorthodox perspectives, profound arguments, piercing observations and refreshing legal reasoning. The prospective reader might need to perform mental…

REVIEW: “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy” by Cathy O’Neil

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil Crown, 978-0553418811 Copyright September 2016, Hardcover, 272 Pages An engaging read on the intersection between data science and politics, education, law enforcement, healthcare and more. The practical orientation of the book makes it a compelling read for data nerds and less mathematically inclined…

REVIEW: “Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis” by Joe Dolce

Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis, by Joe Dolce Harper Wave, ISBN: 978-0062499912 Copyright October 2016, Hardcover, 288 Pages An absolutely entertaining and captivating book that keeps one glued to the pages from beginning to end. This book is a purposeful and solid blend of amazing storytelling, intriguing science, illuminating history, and dynamic personal…

REVIEW: “Critical Readings: Media and Gender (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies)” by Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner

Critical Readings: Media and Gender (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies), by Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner Open University Press, 978-0335210978 Copyright December 2003, Paperback, 384 Pages This is a definitive piece of literature on media and gender studies. The text’s fascinating research and incredible educationality makes it an essential tool in the pedagogy arsenal; the in-depth investigations and…

REVIEW: “The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline” by Jonathan Tepperman

The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline, by Jonathan Tepperman Tim Duggan Books, 978-1101902981 Copyright September 2016, Hardcover, 320 Pages The Fix is immensely informative, tremendously engaging, and remarkably researched. The book makes for a synchronously enjoyable and educational read; the awe-inspiring narratives of nations successfully overcoming seemingly insurmountable trials are deeply inspiring….

REVIEW: “From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR” by Louis Sell

From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR, by Louis Sell Duke University Press Books, ISBN: 978-0822361954 Copyright August 2016, Paperback, 416 Pages A masterfully written book, From Washington to Moscow offers a comprehensive, magnificent, and primarily chronological narrative of the USSR—the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics—under the leadership of its General Secretaries—Leonid Brezhnev,…

REVIEW: “Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela” by Raul Gallegos

Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela, by Raul Gallegos Potomac Books, ISBN: 978-1612347707 Copyright October 2016, Hardcover, 256 Pages Crude Nation brilliantly paints the reality, and comprehensively expounds the extent and implications of Venezuela’s mishandling of precious and finite oil riches, and its unpropitious economic mismanagement. The book furnishes an incredibly compelling depiction of Venezuela—a hubbub of…

REVIEW: “Man Enough?: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity” by Jackson Katz

Man Enough?: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity, by Jackson Katz Interlink Pub Group, ISBN: 978-1566560832 Copyright April 2016, Paperback, 320 Pages Man Enough? provides an appreciably refreshing and incisive evaluation of the intriguing notion of presidential masculinity, expounded in the contexts of several election cycles, and as trumpeted by the book’s title, includes…

REVIEW: “Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail” by Alan Schroeder

Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail, by Alan Schroeder Columbia University Press, ISBN: 978-0231170574 Copyright June 2016, Paperback, 424 Pages Presidential Debates is a markedly entertaining book introducing the layperson to the “high-stakes politics” and “fractious world of presidential debates,” as it concurrently dispels the associated mystique. A highly enjoyable reading experience, the book is not…

REVIEW: “We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers’ Vision of America” by Juan Williams

We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers’ Vision of America, by Juan Williams Crown, ISBN: 978-0307952042 Copyright April 2016, Hardcover, 464 Pages We the People is an exceptionally well-written, immensely engaging, and effortlessly understandable book filled to the brim with incredibly thought-provoking and inspiring narratives. The book is astutely and refreshingly…