Spy: The Funny Years , by Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, and George Kalogerakis (Miramax) Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

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SOCIETY & CULTURE

Spy: The Funny Years , by Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, and George Kalogerakis (Miramax)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"An anthology/memoir tracking the first seven years of the legendary satire rag, compiled by three of its original editors."

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The Caged Virgin, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Free Press)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"An outspoken Dutch-Somali politician makes the case for women's rights and democracy within Islam."

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Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched, by Mark Andrejevic (Rowman & Littlefield)
Reviewed by Dale Peck ("Production Values", November 2006)

"[A] comprehensive and insightful study."

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Ogallala Blue, by William Ashworth (Norton)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"The story of a massive aquifer beneath the Great Plains, and the dire environmental and economic consequences that would come with its depletion."

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Rome, Inc., by Stanley Bing (Atlas Books)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"A leading business satirist projects the rise and fall of Rome onto contemporary corporate culture, attempting to extract meaningful management lessons therefrom."

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Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family, by Charles Bowden (Simon and Schuster)
Reviewed by Marc Cooper ("Exodus", May 2006)

"In perhaps his most acclaimed work, Down by the River, certainly a must-read for anyone researching the border, Bowden describes the poverty that swamps even the more prosperous Mexican border cities and that relentlessly churns the human flow northward."

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Carried Away: The Invention of Modern Shopping, by Rachel Bowlby (Columbia University Press)
Reviewed by Benjamin Schwartz ("Babes in Toyland", November 2006)

"A feminist, psychoanalytically inflected history of and meditation on [shopping], a work that's exquisitely sensitive to the exhilarating and stupefying nature of the activity it exposes."

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Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, by Thomas Brothers (Norton)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"Armstrong moved away from New Orleans as a young man, but not before the city's social and cultural complexities had left an indelible mark."

Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping, by Chuihua Judy Chung, Jeffrey Inaba, Rem Koolhaas, and Sze Tsug Leong (editors) (Taschen)
Reviewed by Benjamin Schwartz ("Babes in Toyland", November 2006)

"Explores the relationship between shopping and 'the urban condition.' Engorged with photos, collages, and maps; cacophonous, often illuminating, sometimes misleading charts and graphs; and forty-two essays by sixteen architects and critics, the book is as clamorous as Koolhaas's architecture."

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Remember Me, by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"An updated look at the American way of death, surveying such contemporary curiosities as Harley-Davidson-themed funerals and diamonds made from loved ones' ashes."

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Planet of Slums, by Mike Davis (Verso)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"The author of City of Quartz examines the increasingly visible consequences of a world in which more than a billion people exist almost invisibly in urban poverty."

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Illegals: The Imminent Threat Posed by Our Unsecured U.S.-Mexico Border, by Jon E. Dougherty (WND Books)
Reviewed by Marc Cooper (" Exodus", May 2006)

"Jon E. Dougherty... perfectly reproduces the Minuteman meme that America is quickly being consumed by Mexico, which secretly plans a "reconquista," the re-incorporation of the Southwest into Mexico. Dougherty even puts forward the novel notion that America isn't really a country of immigrants."

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Dark Side of the Moon , by Gerard J. DeGroot (NYU)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", December 2006)

"DeGroot presents a chronicle of exploration, concentrating on the utter uselessness of NASA's lunar missions, boondoggles every bit as myopic and costly as the Cold War that spawned them."

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The Kindergarten Wars: The Battle to Get Into America's Best Private Schools, by Alan Eisenstock (Warner Books)
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh ( "The Drama of the Gifted Parent", October 2006)

"For Katie, a private-school mother typical of the parents in Alan Eisenstock's Kindergarten Wars, the only acceptable school is the one with which she literally falls in love."

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The War of the World, by Niall Ferguson (Penguin Press)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", October 2006)

"Ambitious, if not entirely satisfying... Although his ultimate conclusion—that the twentieth century represented not the triumph of the West but rather its decline—is bracing, it reads as a bit of an afterthought to the somewhat patchwork whole."

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This Land, by Anthony Flint (Johns Hopkins)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A look at the long odds faced by the 'smart growth' movement as suburban sprawl goes unchecked and its negative consequences become increasingly clear."

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Watching the World Change, by David Friend (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"A Vanity Fair editor reflects on visual representations of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. Focusing on the week after the attacks, and writing with the distance offered by the lens, Friend creates a cool, critical space for the consideration of tragedy."

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Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, by Neal Gabler (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz ("Walt's World", December 2006)

"For better and for worse, Walt Disney (1901-1966) implanted his creations more profoundly and pervasively in the national psyche than has any other figure in the history of American popular culture. "

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The Price of Admission, by Daniel Golden (Crown)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", October 2006)

"An ivory-tower exposé from a Wall Street Journal education reporter detailing the extent to which elite-college admissions rules are bent for children of the rich and famous."

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Social Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman (Bantam)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", October 2006)

"Goleman has a knack for making complex science accessible to the lay reader, and he steers well clear of self-help platitudes in coming to his unexpectedly moving conclusions about our innate connectedness."

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The Central Liberal Truth, by Lawrence E. Harrison (Oxford)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"An attempt to isolate the cultural values and practices most responsible for successful civilization. Literacy, education, and transparency loom large."

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The Perfect $100,000 House, by Karrie Jacobs (Viking)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"Although Jacobs's journey is a cheerful one, it also reveals the inescapably darker truth that affordable comfort is remarkably hard to come by in the candy store of American consumption."

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Bitchfest, edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"A tenth-anniversary greatest-hits anthology from the pages of Bitch, the leading post-postfeminist culture-crit 'zine. Topics under discussion include television, sexuality, parenting, and the conversational utility of the word like."

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Creators, by Paul Johnson (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"The second installment of a projected trilogy—the first being the same author's Intellectuals—probes the hidden mechanism of human creativity, turning to Chaucer, Austen, Bach, and Disney for insight."

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When the Astors Owned New York, by Justin Kaplan (Viking)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"How family rivalry, the Titanic, and the Jazz Age brought the Astors low."

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Chances Are ... : Adventures in Probability, by Michael and Ellen Kaplan (Viking)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"A reflection on life's contingencies and the mathematical underpinnings thereof."

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The Female Thing , by Laura Kipnis (Pantheon)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", December 2006)

"In acid, intelligent essays on "envy, sex, dirt, and vulnerability"—here defined as the four primary regions of the female psyche—the author of Against Love presents an overview of the present's extremely complicated relationship to feminism and femininity."

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The Accidental Investment Banker, by Jonathan A. Knee (Oxford)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", October 2006)

"Knee argues that his profession [investment banking] has sold out its legacy of independence and solid judgment...to the clear and present danger of those affected by its decisions (which is to say everyone)."

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The Homework Myth, by Alfie Kohn (Da Capo)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", November 2006)

"Parents take note: this is a stinging jeremiad against the assignment of homework, which the author...convincingly argues is a wasteful, unimaginative, and pedagogically bankrupt practice that initiates kids into a soul-sucking rat race long before their time."

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Dynasties, by David S. Landes (Viking)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", November 2006)

"An economic historian examines the divergent legacies of eleven powerful business families. Although today's conventional management wisdom looks askance at the family firm, Landes argues that it is crucial as a business mode."

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The Economics of Attention , by Richard A. Lanham (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"The future of human perception will be governed not by a surplus of information but by a scarcity of attention required to process said information."

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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, by Judith Levine (Free Press)
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh ( "Cheap Thrills", , July/August 2006)

"Levine's yearlong Visa-free journey reveals a hitherto-invisible realm. Without the whirlwind of buying, vast quantities of time open up— and not just from a lack of purchased entertainment; consuming itself takes time."

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The Price of Privelege, by Madeleine Levine (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"A clinical psychologist assesses the ennui epidemic among today's teens, and points the finger at meddling parents and the dulling effects of affluence."

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When Sex Goes to School, by Kristin Luker (Norton)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A sociologist examines the fate of sex education in America, from the early twentieth century to the present."

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Do Nothing, by Tom Lutz (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A cultural history of idleness, surveying contributions to the field from Samuel Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Maynard G. Krebs, and others."

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Manliness, by Harvey C. Mansfield (Yale)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"What can Achilles, Hemingway, and Margaret Thatcher teach us about manliness? A meditation on the subject by the noted Harvard philosopher."

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More Than You Know, by Michael J. Mauboussin (Columbia)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A top investment strategist's multidisciplinary guide to the world of finance."

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The Shape of Things to Come, by Greil Marcus (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", October 2006)

"The famed rock critic turns his kitchen-sink approach to the role of secular prophecy in recent American history... This last captures what's most exhilarating about Marcus's style: the ability to take an obscure, borderline-absurd object and animate it with genuine meaning.

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The Bougeois Virtues, by Deirdre N. McCloskey (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"The first of four volumes that aim to defend the integrity of capitalism and the innate goodness of the middle class."

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The Lost, by Daniel Mendelsohn (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"A New York Review of Books critic recounts his search across three continents for people with knowledge of his relatives who perished in the Holocaust."

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The Trouble With Diversity, by Walter Benn Michaels (Metropolitan)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", November 2006)

"A withering examination of how the celebration of cultural and ethnic difference obscures our yawning economic divide...This is a refreshing, angry, and important book."

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Reluctant Capitalists, by Laura J. Miller (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"The sociology of bookselling—and the culture-versus-commerce, indie-versus-megastore battle lines that define it."

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Temptations of the West, by Pankaj Mishra (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A travelogue covering Bollywood, Afghanistan, Nepal, and points in between."

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Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men, and What To Do About It, by Evelyn Murphy, with E. J. Grath (Touchstone)
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh ( "Cheap Thrills", , July/August 2006)

"A laudably thorough examination of sex discrimination in the workplace, Getting Even probes the subtle distinctions that still exist among collars blue and pink."

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Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth and Animal-Friendly Living, by Ingrid Newkirk (St. Martin's Griffin)
Reviewed by Bill Maher ("Zoologically Correct", October 2006)

"Being humane has never been so easy—or so entertaining."

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Why Most Things Fail, by Paul Ormerod (Pantheon)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"An economist identifies failure, not success, as the most telling of all economic indicators."

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Food is Love, by Katherine J. Parkin (Pennsylvania)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"A history of American food advertisers' appeals to female consumers: generous portions of idealized comfort and gnawing guilt."

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Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic, by Esther Perel (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by Cristina Nehring ( "Of Sex and Marriage", , December 2006)

"Everything good is bad for you. That, in so many words, is the theme of Esther Perel's little red book on how to achieve sexual bliss in marriage. And the bad news—or the good, depending on your priorities—is that it's probably true."

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Money, A Memoir: Women, Emotions, and Cash, by Liz Perle (Henry Holt and Co)
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh ( "Cheap Thrills", , July/August 2006)

"Perle admits to being a member of 'the emotional middle class,'" to experiencing downward mobility as a kind of 'egocide,' to caving in professionally to her own acquiescent 'inner stewardess.'"

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The Invisible Revolution: Clay Aiken and the Fans Who Made Him a Star, by Terry Piper (Cambridge Books)
Reviewed by Dale Peck ("Production Values", November 2006)

"Dr. Piper attributes [American Idol's] appeal to 'a general yearning' in the wake of 9/11 'for simpler times when more traditional values prevailed,' an assessment that seems a tad reductive, if not simply reactionary."

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Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child, by Alissa Quart (Penguin Press)
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh ( "The Drama of the Gifted Parent", October 2006)

"Alissa Quart, in Hothouse Kids, writes about a visit she paid to Philadelphia's prestigious Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, and offers this observation: "One mother told me that upon arriving at the school, when her son was one year old, her husband cried because he felt they had 'wasted a year of our baby's life.'"

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When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy (Delta)
Reviewed by Bill Maher ("Zoologically Correct", October 2006)

"Read it and let the rotten foundations of traditional animal science crumble."

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The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, by Alexandra Robbins (Hyperion)
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh ("The Drama of the Gifted Parent", October 2006)

"One fascinating thread Robbins tracks is a growing similarity between the overachieving culture of the United States and the legendarily rabid edu-culture of East Asia. By adolescence, [some students] are suffering such high rates of suicide and anxiety that they make the likes of Winona Ryder seem rather cheerful."

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Tiger Force, by Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss (Little, Brown)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"The story of a rogue detachment of U.S. soldiers who massacred civilians during the Vietnam War, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper investigation."

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The New Agronauts, by Anna Lee Saxenian (Harvard)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs from China, Taiwan, India, and Israel have boosted their home countries' economies."

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California, by Peter Schrag (California)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"The Golden State is still beset by demographic, cultural, and economic complexity."

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Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy, by Mathew Scully (St. Martin's Press)
Reviewed by Bill Maher ("Zoologically Correct", October 2006)

"A searing look at the way we treat animals... Go with Scully to a factory farm and see what you see: BDSM of the concentration-camp variety...Scully also profiles hunters and experimenters so callous they could land above-the-title roles in a terrorist training video."

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Success Through Failure, by Henry Petroski (Princeton)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"From caveman tools to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the World Trade Center, failure is innovation's constant companion."

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Treasure Hunt, by Michael J. Silverstein with John Butman (Portfolio)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A leading management consultant examines how our competing tastes for luxury and thrift are hollowing out the vast middle of the global market."

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Animal Liberation, by Peter Singer (Harper Perrenial)
Reviewed by Bill Maher ("Zoologically Correct", October 2006)

"As worthwhile today as it was three decades ago. If only politicians would read it."

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White Guilt, by Shelby Steele (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"As official racism in the United States receded, a destructive moral relativism advanced, argues the prominent black conservative scholar."

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American Green, by Ted Steinberg (Norton)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"Our yearly lawn-care expenditure rivals Iceland's GDP, and over the past several years, nearly as many Americans have been injured by lawn mowers as by handguns. A look at the dark side of the American lawn."

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Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families , by Leslie Morgan Steiner, Editor (Random House)
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh ("Rhymes with Rich", May 2006)

"Twenty years later, gone are big hair, big diamonds, and big shoulder pads. In their place, among America's most affluent mothers, is a kind of gnawing, grinding anxiety—and a mediacentric conviction that this fretfulness is somehow that of every woman."

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Postmortem, by Stefan Timmermans (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A sociologist examines the world of medical examiners, a life-and-death realm where little is black and white."

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Revolutionary Wealth, by Alvin and Heidi Toffler (Knopf)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"The noted futurists turn their gaze to the massive wealth generated by the tech revolution and how it will further change the world."

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Revolutionary Wealth, by Alvin and Heidi Toffler (Knopf)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"The noted futurists turn their gaze to the massive wealth generated by the tech revolution and how it will further change the world."

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From Counterculture to Cyberculture , by Fred Turner (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", December 2006)

"Disentangling strands of beaded network cable, Turner recaps the turn of events by which the hippieish brain trust behind the Whole Earth Catalog helped bring about the digital age, co-opting in the process the very military-industrial-technology complex its members once railed against."

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The Devil's Highway: A True Story, by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown)
Reviewed by Marc Cooper ("Exodus", May 2006)

"In The Devil's Highway, Urrea cuts through the prevailing mythologies surrounding the border and reveals, unsentimentally but with compassion, how a simple political boundary manages to scramble the basic humanity of all whose lives it divides and defines."

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Off the Books , by v (Harvard)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Exodus", May 2006)

"A sociologist examines the underground economy of a poor Chicago neighborhood and discovers a thriving system of licit and illicit exchange."

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Before the Dawn, by Nicholas Wade (Penguin Press)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"A New York Times science reporter draws on new DNA-analysis techniques to examine the prehistoric people who became the ancestors of all mankind."

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Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations , by David Warsh (Norton)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"An in-depth look at the 'new growth theory,' conceived by Adam Smith and unproven until recently, with profound implications for us all."

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Service and Style, by Jan Whitaker (St. Martin's)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"A cultural history of (and wistful elegy for) the American department store and the sunnily paternalistic function it served in teaching the middle class how to recognize and outfit itself."

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Enough, by Juan Williams (Crown)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"In a book that often reads like a padded reprise of Bill Cosby's famed cri de coeur at a 2004 NAACP gala, the NPR correspondent raises the alarm about crime, misogyny, and poverty among African Americans. Despite its uninspired execution, Enough conveys genuine outrage and despair."

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After Dolly, by Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield (Norton)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"The man behind Dolly the sheep discusses cloning's human potential, concluding that 'as much damage can be done by failing to exploit the beneficial applications of a technology as by promoting the applications of that technology which are risky or harmful.'"

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Flapper, by Joshua Zeitz (Crown)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"A cultural history of the original girls gone wild."

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