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: “Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.” by Jeremy N. Smith

Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients., by Jeremy N. Smith Harper Wave, 978-0062237514 Copyright March 2017, Paperback, 368 Pages Absolutely engrossing, profoundly inspirational and a highly enjoyable book. One is left marveling at the revolutionary, formidable and ambitious Global Burden of Disease study, its extraordinary success, and its ingenious mastermind, Chris Murray. On a personal and significantly…

REVIEW: “Parables of the Posthuman: Digital Realities, Gaming, and the Player Experience” by Jonathan Boulter

Parables of the Posthuman: Digital Realities, Gaming, and the Player Experience, by Jonathan Boulter Wayne State University Press, 978-0814334881 Copyright December 2015, Paperback, 168 Pages Posthumanism and videogaming probed through the lens of philosophy and phenomenology. This episodically challenging read provides rather interesting and unique insights into the “machinic, posthuman” phenomenon and its play experience in digital play….

REVIEW: “How to Talk about Videogames” by Ian Bogost

How to Talk about Videogames, by Ian Bogost University Of Minnesota Press, 978-0816699117 Copyright November 2015, Hardcover, 208 Pages An entertaining book of videogame criticism overflowing with creativity. The author’s distinctive voice is unmistakably clear as the reader journeys through the discourse. Bogost eloquently and insightfully related videogames to realms such as history, ideology, gender, philology, race, and…

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: “The Political System of Brazil” by Dana de la Fontaine, Thomas Stehnken

The Political System of Brazil, by Dana de la Fontaine, Thomas Stehnken Springer, ISBN: 978-3642400223 Copyright October 2015, Hardcover, 419 Pages The Political System of Brazil is incontestably intellectually-stimulating. The book very methodically and logically examines the Brazilian political system in its historical, political and socio-economic contexts. Customary of titles published by Springer, this book is unsurprisingly excellently…

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: “The Price of Prosperity: Why Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them” by Todd G. Buchholz

The Price of Prosperity: Why Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them, by Todd G. Buchholz Harper, ISBN: 978-0062405708 Copyright June 2016, Hardcover, 384 Pages The Price of Prosperity is a prized gem for history and politics enthusiasts. The book is densely packed with a myriad of historically-informed perspectives and content strategically positioned to elucidate fundamental political…