PositiveBooklistFrom China to Congo to Chile to the U.S., Sanderson lucidly reveals the global connections behind the complex processes of battery production and mining, along with the increasing demand and reliance on them ... Any reader interested in environmental studies, green politics, the global energy sector, or the mining industry will appreciate Sanderon’s deep dive into the transition from fossil fuels to green and clean energy, and how this transition will affect society now and in the near future.
PositiveBooklistDuring polarizing times, good arguments offer opportunities to enrich our lives for the better, Seo shows. Lucidly recounting anecdotes and observations from his live debate sessions, Seo takes readers on a refreshing and inspiring journey. Delving into topics of communication, rhetoric, debate, and critical thinking, this illuminating book examines the fascinating world of competitive debate and offers much food for thought.
PositiveBooklistCivil rights leader and former U.S. attorney general Holder, with coauthor Koppelman (coauthor of Impeach: The Case against Donald Trump), examines historic and current challenges to voting rights in the U.S... Based on his direct experiences as the first Black U.S. attorney general, working under the first Black U.S. president, Holder describes the ongoing threats against U.S. democracy and, responding to policy changes leading to voter suppression, argues for new protective measures and processes to safeguard and expand voting rights for millions of Americans...Readers will find important, compelling episodes in U.S. history and politics, along with hope for the future in the form of the opportunities Holder outlines for challenging voter suppression and other threats to our democracy.
PositiveBooklistNordell clearly illuminates the psychology behind biases and the stories and lives of those negatively affected by such biases. She shares compelling examples of systemic changes made to eradicate bias from individual experiences and organizations ... The book can serve as a guide to reflect and consult on this critical issue both in the workplace and in communities at large. Readers interested in cognitive psychology, social behaviors, and workplace interactions will find Nordell’s book both fascinating and helpful in understanding biases—unconscious, intentional, or unexamined—and learning how to overcome and dismantle all forms of them.
PositiveBooklistHarris weaves a compelling narrative that highlights how, across its history, the U.S. higher-education system has perpetrated discriminatory practices toward Black students that still exist today ... Harris writes very clearly and illuminates historical examples of opportunities and racial-discriminatory practices in higher education while exploring federal and state governments’ responses when it came to segregation and desegregation practices in higher-education systems. This thought-provoking, timely, and engaging read gives space to subject matter that has largely gone ignored and unaddressed, and offers readers much food for thought on the topic of discrimination and systemic racism in higher education.
PositiveBooklistA deep dive into the concept of high conflict and its emergence in global and personal examples ... Drawing on numerous research findings and real-life stories of individuals and communities interacting in high conflict, Ripley examines these polarizing situations, and identifies stakeholders and strategies for de-escalation ... Readers interested in conflict management and negotiation and the decision-making process will be intrigued as Ripley thoughtfully explains the intensities and nuances of conflict, and the crux of high conflict in any setting.
PositiveBooklist... [a] fascinating labor struggle. Readers interested in American labor and social history will find McClelland’s engagingly written, informative work a key to understanding the voices and roles of those who advocated for better working conditions for all working-class people.
Jamie K. McCallum
PositiveBooklistReaders interested in labor politics and relations and political economy will be engaged by this thought-provoking look at the systemic problem of overworking in America caused by poor economic infrastructures and unethical expectations.
PositiveBooklistReaders do not need a background in private investigative work to appreciate this fascinating read. Hand this to readers interested in the work and life of a private investigator, the role of technology in investigative work, and political and white-collar crime.
PositiveBooklistThe book is heavily narrative driven, drawing on numerous perspectives of and conversations with students, parents, and administrators, making for an illuminating and multi-sided view of admissions work, and how the processes and decisions affect stakeholders involved ... Higher education administrators, high school counselors, parents, students, and all readers interested in higher education administration and admissions work will find Selingo’s inside look at contemporary admissions processes to be eye-opening and insightful.
Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer
PositiveBooklistThis format feels conversational, and makes the book very easy to follow. The authors share anecdotes, observations, and interviews from current and former Netflix employees to show how other leaders, managers, and organizations may implement company expectations or communication practices. The writing is also lucid, particularly on complex and dense issues such as expense approval or performance review processes. Readers interested in organizational leadership and management and the role of technology in business development will find this to be informative, thought provoking, and down-to-earth as Hastings and Meyer describe important facets of Netflix’s organizational growth and innovative culture.
RaveLibrary Journal... a compelling narrative on the politics of secession in American history ... By drawing on the parallel experiences and activities occurring today, Kreitner deftly explains the historical continuums and predicaments of the states ... Packed with notes on a variety of sources, this book can be a dense read. But for readers interested in American history and politics, particularly the role and response of the federal government during crises, this book offers a powerful and refreshing account on disunity in America and helps us understand more about today\'s political fragmentation under state and national governments.
PositiveBooklistReaders may feel like they are on a journey in Hong Kong with Daprian as he unravels the intellectual and political developments of these movements and how the Hong Kong government responded and attempted to contain the protests. Drawing on a variety of sources—newspapers, social media, radio broadcasts, policy papers—Daprian explains the rise and implosion of the protests led by mostly youths and college students, and the economic, political, and cultural ramifications for Hong Kong. Readers interested in Hong Kong’s history and politics and the history of social movements will find this engaging, engrossing book to be crucial in understanding the role of political demonstration in contemporary Hong Kong.
PositiveBooklistTaking readers from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong to Israel, Purdy brings a global perspective on how individuals and organizations are working to monitor, scale, and sustain this industry. Throughout the book, Purdy cites business reports and agricultural statistics to provide a greater context of these industries and draws on his conversations with important stakeholders, sharing their takes on cell-cultured meat. Readers interested in the restaurant and food industries, environmental economics, and food technology may find this fascinating and relevant to timely issues like environmental sustainability and global food systems.
PositiveBooklistCiting sources such as government reports, economic data, scientific publications, and world news coverage, McAfee illuminates the connections among these four facets and how they affect economic activity, social capital, sustainability, and humanity’s overall state of well-being. His arguments are complex at times, as he covers varying interdisciplinary fields to suggest that humans have excelled in integrating technological progress with capitalism to fulfill human needs and wants, which has also directly impacted the environment. Readers interested in environmental sciences, economics, and political economy will find McAfee’s work to be deeply engaging and useful in understanding the roles of capitalism and technology in shaping humanity’s future.
PositiveBooklistMcClelland’s interviewees share many thought-provoking anecdotes, narratives, and dialogues ... Recommended for readers interested in human interest stories, urban studies, and the socioeconomics of urban America, and lovers of oral history.
PositiveBooklist\"Pastor writes clearly and thoughtfully, but readers will need time to read and reflect on his arguments in this academic-leaning text. Readers interested in U.S. social and political economy at the state and local levels will find this a deeply engaging look at the sociopolitical landscape of the Golden State, and what it means for the rest of America.\
PositiveBooklistAlter deftly profiles the history of addiction, from ancient drugs to today’s Facebook and Instagram, and writes that the current digital era has created an epidemic of technology addiction, describing the challenges these products can pose ... Those interested in technology, social psychology, behavioral sciences, and social media may find Alter’s book itself to be 'irresistible' and difficult to put down, as the author explains how addictive technology has alarmingly, increasingly rewired the brains of many generations, with long- and short-term impacts on our behaviors.