Choice, v.50, no. 06, February 2013.
Andrews, Julia F. The art of modern China, by Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen. California, 2012. 364p bibl index afp; ISBN 9780520238145, $80.00; ISBN 9780520271067 pbk, $30.00.
50-3055 N6490 MARC
50-3373 HB95 2012-15061 CIP
The Great Persuasion joins Daniel Stedman Jones's Masters of the Universe (2012) as another new history of neoliberalism that provides more nuance and depth to an understanding of the reemergence of classical liberal ideas in the latter half of the 20th century. Both books provide closer historical examinations that reveal not only the reserve of the movement's leading figures regarding the benefits of free markets, but also the variety of views within the movement about markets, governments, and civil society. Burgin's is the better of the two works because of its careful historical detail and attention to the differing contexts within which the members of the Mont Pelerin Society operated. The Great Persuasion introduces readers not only to F. A. Hayek and Milton Friedman, but also to the central roles that the new European and American conservatives played, as well as the background to developments that occurred in Chicago in the 1930s. Burgin (history, Johns Hopkins Univ.) has produced a book that is essential reading for students and researchers at all levels regarding postwar intellectual history. Summing Up: Essential. Public and academic library collections, lower-division undergraduate and up.
-- R. B. Emmett, James Madison College, Michigan State University
50-3438 D769 2011-52817 CIP
Historians and sociologists began to analyze the causes and effects of the WW II internment of Japanese Americans almost as soon as it concluded. While both seminal authors and up-and-comers in the field have provided a trove of knowledge on the topic, it is only recently that personal accounts and perspectives of the internment have garnered much attention (Looking like the Enemy, Mary Gruenewald, 2005; Journey to Topaz, Yoshiko Uchida, 1971). Here, Muller et al. have created an excellent book with wide-reaching appeal whose focal point and strength are Bill Manbo's photographs. These images offer readers glimpses of the internment that are in vivid color and, unlike government-sanctioned photos, candid and earnest. Accompanying these photos are essays written by scholars and a witness to the internment. However, the book goes beyond providing a figurative and literal snapshot of Manbo and the internment. Reminding readers that the internment is more than just a topic to be explored, it shows that having a camera meant retaining a piece of normal life. And, thankfully, that camera has given the world powerful images that capture the cultural duality that flourished at Heart Mountain. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. -- J. T. Rasel, Strayer University
50-3502 E183 2011-50573 CIP
One of the world's oldest democracies and one of its newest theocracies have been on the verge of hostilities since 1979. The US broke off diplomatic relations with Iran during the hostage crisis that followed the fall of the Shah. They have not been resumed. In the last 30 years, the US has used military force to attempt a hostage rescue, provided assistance to both sides in the Iran-Iraq war, used naval power to keep the Persian Gulf sea lanes open to traffic, shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, suffered at the hands of Iranian-backed terrorist groups, opposed Iranian interference in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and actively monitored and manipulated the Iranian nuclear power program. Crist tells the convoluted story of US-Iranian conflict in a well-written, carefully researched, and lively book that sheds light on what he calls the "twilight war." Casual readers of the news over the last few decades will be reminded about how often the two countries nearly came to blows; serious students of history will be pleased to find the extensive interview quotes that give these episodes a richer context and explanation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduate students and above.
-- R. A. Strong, Washington & Lee University
50-3117 PS3555 2012-10035 CIP
50-3339 HM881 2012-6256 MARC
ISBN 9781563685156 e-book, $75.00.
50-3444 HV2530 2011-45806 CIP
The original publication of Gannon's Deaf Heritage in 1981 marked a watershed moment in Deaf community history. Previously, narrow, medicalized interpretations of Deaf people primarily dominated scholarly studies and shaped mainstream views. Celebrating Deaf Americans as a distinct cultural group, Gannon offered a history "through deaf eyes." Panoramic in scope, Deaf Heritage presents a comparatively elite US community unified by American Sign Language, educational experiences, activist and social organizations, folklore, and values. In short, the author mapped the foundation of Deaf cultural history in the US and contributed directly to the emergence of Deaf studies as a scholarly interdisciplinary field. Re-released after three decades, Deaf Heritage includes an updated preface that offers a sweeping study of Deaf community accomplishments since 1981. As Gannon notes, significant change has marked US and global cultural Deaf history since the early 1980s. Hopefully, readers inspired by this classic reference work will contribute new chapters to the study of Deaf communities in the US and beyond. Summing Up: Essential. All general and undergraduate libraries, especially those who do not have the 1981 edition. -- S. Burch, Middlebury College
50-3531 E859 2012-2582 CIP
50-3049 PN6714 2012-276 CIP
50-3236 TL23 2012-2303 CIP
Ingrassia (Reuters), longtime automobile journalist and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting (with Joseph White), is an excellent choice to take a detailed look at the cultural effects of the automobile in America. He makes this task manageable and interesting by exploring the history of 15 specific automobiles. These are not the 15 best or fastest or most successful cars, but impactful and interesting. They include opposites like the Corvette and the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Chrysler minivan and the Pontiac GTO. In each instance, Ingrassia writes clearly, professionally, and effortlessly, providing facts and anecdotes that are approachable and enjoyable. For example, his history of BMW includes this sentence: "Though virtually blind, Herbert Quandt had a vision for BMW." The book also contains wonderful chapter titles such as "The Jeep: From War to Suburbia, or How to Look Like You're Going Rock Climbing When You're Really Going to Nordstrom." The chapter on the Corvette followed by the chapter titled "The 1959 Cadillacs: Style, Status, and Race for the Biggest Tail Fins Ever" relate histories that are scaled down to just the right size for enjoyable reading. The book includes excellent photographs. A perfect gift for car enthusiasts. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. -- C. J. Myers, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
50-3378 HC59 2012-16049 CIP
50-3281 GB1215 CIP
50-3136 PR6029 2012-9895 CIP
Quirke, Carol. Eyes on labor: news photography and America's working class. Oxford, 2012 (c2011). 358p bibl index afp; ISBN 9780199768226, $99.00; ISBN 9780199768233 pbk, $29.95.
50-3367 HD6508 2011-47913 CIP
50-3311 QA76 2012-14540 MARC
50-2999 Z286 2011-38297 CIP
-- T. M. Owen, University of Maryland
50-3010 N6490 2011-38212 CIP