Reviews and Blog Posts: sociology

Freakonomics

Reviewer Rating:
5

This is a wonderfully done visual adaptation of the very popular book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.  I especially liked the extensive commentary from the authors, explaining in their own words and voices how these projects came about and what they hoped to learn from them!

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Much e-ink has been spilled--rightfully so--about the brave new world we live online. Targeted advertising, data breaches, the NSA; it’s easy to grow overwhelmed by the potential dangers of sharing personal information electronically. Practically everything we do on our phones and computers is tracked, often in an effort to sell us something or gain some upper hand (financially, politically, socially, etc.). Consequentially, there is now an unprecedented amount of detailed data about us that's ripe for the parsing.

David and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gladwell takes on perceptions of advantage & disadvantage in his latest work of research that encompasses sociology, psychology, and history. Starting with the foundation of the story of David and Goliath--and the historical facts about this oft told story--Gladwell uses many examples from the real world to allow the reader...

The best of all possible worlds : a novel

by Karen Lord

Reviewer Rating:
5

A major disaster has hit the Sadiri homeworld caused by an unprovoked attack by their enemies leaving the survivors reeling and without any kind of home.  Delarua is saddled with the task of helping Dllenahkh, a Sadiri diplomat trying to find compatible people with whom the Sadiri can rebuild their...

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