Book Reviews


Coney Island Exposed America’s Spirit

Posted February 27, 2015 by

There may be no five-mile area in the United States that better captures the nation’s democratic spirit than New York City’s Coney Island. Coney Island came to symbolize America’s working-class dreams, growing ethnic and racial diversity, love of amusement, and
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Aviva Chomsky's new book “Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal,” Beacon Press, 2014.

‘Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal’

Posted January 29, 2015 by Mark Erlich

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration. Up to 5 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States will be protected from deportation. In addition, parents of U.S. citizens
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Is the Internet Good for Us?

Posted September 4, 2014 by

New books examining the broader social impacts of the Internet fall into two camps. Some view the Internet, new media and social media as forces of liberation; others, as reinforcing oppression.  My reading has found both approaches relying on  superficiality
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Send In A Sub: Life In The Blackboard Jungle

Posted July 3, 2014 by

“We substitute teachers like to think of ourselves as the marines of the public education system. Whenever a breach opens in our nation’s educational front lines, off we go: The few, the brave, the stupid.”                                                                                     –From Tom Gallagher’s SUB
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New Book on Paul Robeson, American Hero

Posted April 17, 2014 by Paul Von Blum

“Paul Robeson: A Watched Man” A book by Jordan Goodman. “Paul Robeson,” historian Joseph Dorinson ruefully wrote in the introduction to his co-edited collection of essays about him, “is the greatest legend nobody knows.” “Paul Robeson,” historian Joseph Dorinson ruefully
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