Book Reviews


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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How a Paranoid Right-Winger Defines America’s News

Posted March 20, 2014 by Randy Shaw

Although Gabriel Sherman’s biography of FOX News President Roger Ailes (The Loudest Voice in the Room) was widely reviewed in January, it seems almost forgotten. Sherman’s exposure of the traditional media’s submission to Ailes’ news judgment is the likely reason,
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The Civil Rights Movement, Post-Martin Luther King

Posted February 27, 2014 by Randy Shaw

If you are looking for fresh analysis of the African-American Civil Rights Movement following Martin Luther King’s murder, and particularly of Jesse Jackson’s emerging role, this and more can be found in David Chappell’s insightful new book, Waking from the
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