Book Reviews


86. “The End of Rationality?” Contemporary Sociology 41.5 (September 2012), pp. 594-597.

85. “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy,” Society 49.5 (September 2012), pp. 477-480.

84. “Learning the Lessons of Afghanistan,” The National Interest, August 30, 2012.

83. “A Humanist Science: Values and Ideas in Social Inquiry,” Law and Society Review 44, No. 1 (March 2010), pp. 185-186.

82. “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” Hedgehog Review (Spring 2010), pp. 85-89.

81. “The Communitarian Constitution by Beau Breslin,” Perspectives on Political Science 37, No. 1 (Winter 2008), pp. 60-61.

80.  “America and the Limits of Political Selfishness,” Political Science Quarterly 123, No. 1 (Spring 2008), pp. 169-170.

79. “The Moral Limits of Economic Growth,” Sociological Forum 21, No. 4 (December 2006), pp.175-179.

78. “Values and the Future of American Politics,” Contemporary Sociology 35, No. 4 (July 2006): pp.337-340.

77. “Tomorrow the World?” Public Administration Review 66, No. 3 (May/June 2006), pp. 466-468.

76. “Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity,” Contemporary Sociology 34, No. 5 (2005), pp. 477-485.

75. “A New World Order,” Survival 47, No. 1 (2005), pp.186-187.

74. “Thickening the Soup,” Times Literary Supplement, June 6, 2002.

73. “An Old-Fashioned War: Michael Oren’s Authoritative Account of the Six Day War – and its Legacy,” Weekly Standard, June 10, 2002, p. 34-36.

72. “Religious Goodness & Political Rightness: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Debate,” Journal of Church and State 44, No. 1 (Winter 2002), pp. 173-175.

71. “Thomas M. Franck: The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism,” Journal of Law and Society 28, No. 4 (December 2001), pp. 606-609.

70. “Banding Together,” Times Literary Supplement, July 14, 2000, p. 9.

69. “The Thinking Man’s Leftist,” Washington Post Book World, June 14, 2000, p. C11.

68. “Debunking Israel,” Weekly Standard, January 17, 2000, pp 33-35. [also listed as B321]

67. “Plumbing the Depths–er, Shallows–of American Mass Culture,” Washington Post Book World, September 21, 1999, p. C3.

66. “A Weak Reed,” Times Literary Supplement, January 1, 1999, p. 7.

65. “Live Long and Prosper,” Washington Post Book World, October 18, 1998, p. 4. (Theodore Roszak, America the Wise: The Longevity Revolution and the True Wealth of Nations.)

64. “Sizing Up America,” Washington Post Book World, October 15, 1997, p. 7. (Michael Fumento, The Fat of the Land: The Obesity Epidemic and How Overweight Americans Can Help Themselves.)

63. “The Brave New World of Community,” Times Literary Supplement, September 26, 1997, p. 6. (Charles Handy, The Hungry Spirit, Beyond Capitalism-A Quest for Purpose in the Modern World.)

62. “Building a Better Child,” Washington Post Book Review, December 29, 1996, p. 1. (Robert Coles, The Moral Intelligence of Children: How to Raise a Moral Child.)

61. “Building Better Dreams,” Washington Post Book Review, July 21, 1996, p. 5. (John Gillis, A World of Their Own Making, Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values.)

60. “Who’s To Say What’s Right Or Wrong?” Washington Post Education Review, April 2, 1995, p. 14. (Melinda Fine, Habits of the Mind.)

59. “Slipping Through the Eye of the Needle,” Washington Post Book World, September 11, 1994, p. 4. (Robert Wuthnow, God and Mammon in America.)

58. “The Limits of Reconstruction,” National Review, March 15, 1993, pp. 56-57. (The Loss of Virtue: Moral Confusion and Social Disorder in Britain and America, edited by Digby Anderson.)

57. “Blueprint for a New America,” Washington Post Book World, July 12, 1992, p. 1. (Mickey Kaus, The End of Equality.)

56. “The Perils of American Tribalism,” Washington Post Book World, September 8, 1991, p. 4. (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Disuniting of America, Reflections on a Multicultural Society.) Also published: International Herald Tribune, 25.IX.91. “Tribalism in America,” Bureaucrat 20, No. 4 (Winter 1991-1992): pp. 63-64.

55. “A Dubious Solution,” New Leader, March 5, 1990, p. 20. (Daniel Callahan, What Kind of Life: The Limits of Medical Progress.)

54. “Toward an I & We Paradigm,” Contemporary Sociology 18, No. 2 (March 1989), pp. 171-176. (Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory; Michael J. Sandel, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice; Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality; Michael Walzer, Interpretation and Social Criticism; and Benjamin Barber, Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age.)

53. “The Banality of Altruism,” The World and I (July 1988 ed.),
pp. 388-392. (Samuel and Pearl Oliner, The Altruistic Personality.)

52. “Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists, and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform,” Society 25, No. 5, (July/August 1988). (Review of Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Alan S. Murray.)

51. “America as Number One,” Washington Post Book World, July 7, 1985. (Ezra Vogel, Comeback, Case by Case: Building the Resurgence of American Business.)

50. “Toward Socio-Economics,” Contemporary Sociology 14, No. 2 (March 1985), pp. 178-179. (Lester C. Thurow, Dangerous Currents: The State of Economics.)

49. American Journal of Sociology 88, No. 6 (May 1983): pp. 1296-1297. (Samuel P. Huntington, American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony.)

48. Social Casework 57, No. 5 (May 1976), pp. 348-49. (Leonard Goodwin, Can Social Science Help Resolve National Problems?: Welfare, A Case in Point.)

47. “Capitalism: a Terminal Case?” Chronicle of Higher Education XII, No. 11 (May 10, 1976), p. 20. (Robert L. Heilbroner, Business Civilization in Decline.)

46. Society 13, No. 3 (March/April, 1976), pp. 71-72 (Paul Ramsey, The Ethics of Fetal Research.)

45. Political Science Quarterly, with Pamela Doty, 89, No. 3 (Fall 1974), pp. 647-650 (James Q. Wilson, Political Organizations).

44. Contemporary Sociology 3, No. 2 (March 1974), pp. 105-107. (Daniel Bell, The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting.)

43. “Racist Hodgepodge,” Washington Post, March 8, 1974, (John R. Baker.)

42. Public Opinion Quarterly 37, No. 4 (Winter 1973-74), pp. 659-660 (Sidney Verba and Norman H. Nie, Participation in America: Political Democracy and Social Equality).

41. American Scientist 61, No. 4 (July/August 1973), p. 497 (Gerard Piel, The Acceleration of History).

40. Psychiatry, with Robert Zussman, 35, No. 3 (August 1972), pp. 309-312 (Erving Goffman, Relations in Public: Micro-studies of the Public Order).

39. “Scientific Growing Pains in International Relations,” Contemporary Psychology 17, No. 1 (January 1972), p. 7. (James N. Rosenau, The Scientific Study of Foreign Policy).

38. Harvard Educational Review 41, No. 1 (February 1971), pp. 87-98. (Charles E. Silberman, Crisis in the Classroom).

37. “Futurology,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 5, No. 2 (February 1971), pp. 28-29. (Alvin Toffler, Future Shock.)

36. “How to Cope with Now,” Transaction 8, No. 12 (November/December 1970), pp. 102-104. (Alvin Toffler, Future Shock.)

35. “Psychological Disarmament in the Middle East,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 4, No. 13 (November 10, 1970), pp. 15-18. (American Friends Service Committee, Search for Peace in the Middle East.)

34. “Morality Without Authority?” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 4, No. 8 (June 23, 1970), pp. 16-19 (Benjamin Spock, Decent and Indecent).

33. “Techniques for Conflict Resolution,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 4, No. 3 (March 10, 1970), pp. 25-28. (Roger Fisher, International Conflict for Beginners.)

32.”Toward a Keynesian Theory of Social Processes,” World Politics XXII, No. 1 (October 1969), pp. 140-147. (Everett E. Hagen and Stephanie F.T. White, Great Britain: Quiet Revolution in Planning, and J.P. Nettl, Political Mobilization: A Sociological Analysis of Methods and Concepts.)

31. “A Nixonian Seer,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 3, No. 8 (August 1969), pp. 18-20 (Peter F. Drucker, The Age of Discontinuity.)

30. “Inauthenticity: A Perspective on Politics and Education,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 3, No. 5 (May 1969), pp. 10-13. (R. Dawson and K. Prewitt, Political Socialization.)

29. American Journal of Sociology 74, No. 4 (January 1969), p. 423 (S.N. Eisenstadt (ed.), Comparative Perspectives on Social Change.)

28. “Chinese Lessons,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 3, No. 1 (January 1969), pp. 5-7. (Robert J. Lifton, Revolutionary Immortality).

27. “Transitional Radicals,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 2 (September 1968), pp. 15-18. (Kenneth Keniston, Young Radicals.)

26. “Equality of Educational Opportunity,” Partisan Review (Fall 1968), pp. 639-641. (James S. Coleman, Ernest Q. Campbell, Carol J. Hobson, James McPartland, Alexander M. Mood, Frederick D. Weinfeld, and Robert L. York, Equality of Educational Opportunity.)

25. “The Impact of the Social Sciences,”
Harvard Educational Review 38, No. 3 (Summer 1968), pp. 578-582. (Kenneth Boulding, The Impact of the Social Sciences.)

24. “A Very Large Number of Independent Variables,” Science 160, No. 3828 (May 10, 1968), pp. 645-647. (W.J.M. Mackenzie, Politics and Social Science.)

23. “What Value Does the U.N. Have?” Trans-Action 5, No. 5 (April 1968), pp. 57-58. (Alf Ross, The United Nations: Peace and Progress and U.N., The United Nations and Disarmament, 1945-1965.)

22. “Organizational Intelligence: Knowledge and Policy in Government and Industry,” American Sociological Review 33, No. 1 (February 1968), pp. 131-132. (Harold L. Wilensky, Organizational Intelligence.)

21. “The Liberation of the Jew,” Jewish Frontier 34, No. 4 (April 1967), pp. 27-28. (Albert Memmi, The Liberation of the Jew.)

20. “Change and Adaptation,” Science 54 (December 1966), pp. 1532-1533. (Elting Morison, Men, Machines, and Modern Times).

19. “Uncalculated Risks,” New York Times Book Review, October 9, 1966. (Bernard Brodie, Escalation and the Nuclear Option; Klaus Knorr, On the Use of Military Power in the Nuclear Age).

18. “Knowledge and Power,” New York Times Book Review, July 31, 1966. (Bruce L.R. Smith, The RAND Corporation: Case Study of a Nonprofit Advisory Corporation).

17. “On the Process of Making Decisions,” Science 152 (May 6, 1966), pp. 746-747. (Charles E. Lindblom, The Intelligence of Democracy: Decision making Through Adjustment.)

16. “Paperbacks: Sociology Today,” New York Times Book Review November 14, 1965. (Robert K. Merton, Sociology Today: Problems and Prospects, rev. ed.)

15. “Ivan Abroad, Purse in Hand,” New York Times Book Review, June 27, 1965. (Victor Lasky, The Ugly Russian).

14. American Journal of Sociology LXX, No. 4 (July 1964), pp. 114-115. (Gustavo Lagos, International Stratification and Underdeveloped Countries.)

13. “No Short-Cut to Progress: A Guest Editorial,” Saturday Review, July 18, 1964, pp. 18-19. (John J. Johnson, The Military and Society in Latin America and Morris Janowitz, The Military in the Political Development of New Nations: An Essay in Comparative Analysis.)

12. “Nuclear Ambush,” Teachers College Record 65, No. 8 (May 1964), pp. 721-723. (E.H. Voss, Nuclear Ambush: The Test-Ban Trap.)

11. “Achievement Was a Basic Goal,” New York Times, January 5, 1964. (Seymour M. Lipset, The First New Nation.)

10. “Beyond Desegregation,” New York Times, July 14, 1963. (Harold Issac, The New World of the American Negro).

9. “A Grand Design?” Journal of Conflict Resolution 7, No. 2 (June 1963), pp. 155-163. (Joseph Kraft, The Grand Design; Walter Lippmann, Western Unity and the Common Market.)

8. Political Science Quarterly 78, No. 1 (March 1963), pp. 122-124. (Kenneth E. Boulding, Conflict and Defense: A General Theory.)

7. “New Patterns of Management,” American Sociological Review 27, No. 5 (October 1962), pp. 709-710. (Rensis Likert, New Patterns of Management.)

6. “Interpersonal Competence and Organizational Effectiveness,” American Sociological Review 27, No. 5 (October 1962), pp. 712-713. (Chris Argyris, Interpersonal Competence and Organizational Effectiveness.)

5. “Arms and Insecurity, and Statistics of Deadly Quarrels,” American Journal of Sociology 67, No. 4 (January 1962), pp. 464-466. (Lewis F. Richardson, Arms and Insecurity and Statistics of Deadly Quarrels.)

4. “Unbalanced Terror,” Nation, December 30, 1961. (Pierre Gallois, The Balance of Terror.)

3. “Our First Manual of Thermonuclear War,” Columbia University Forum IV, No. 4 (Fall 1961), pp. 4-12. (Herman Kahn, On Thermonuclear War); reprinted in Ivo D. Duchacek (ed.), Discord and Harmony: Readings in International Politics, pp. 307-316.)

2. “Max Weber,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 20, No. 3 (April 1961), pp. 331-333. (Reinhard Bendix, Max Weber: An Intellectual Portrait.)

1. Political Science Quarterly LXXV, No. 4 (December, 1960), pp. 638-640. (Morris Janowitz, The Professional Soldier: a Social and Political Portrait.)

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