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The Sphinx

The Sphinx

Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, by Nicholas Wapshott BOOK REVIEW BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The complicated strategic struggle between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and those who believed the United States could and should stay out of World War II has been repeatedly explored, mostly through works [...]

The Case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

The Case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Why Didn't School Desegregation Work? BY CARL L. BANKSTON III After well over a half-century of efforts to desegregate American schools, many schools and even school districts continue to be concentrations of racial and ethnic minority students. Why is this? In academic and activist circles, the common answer is the “failure of will” [...]

Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals

Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech at Yale reminded me of a review I published back in 2011 of Paul Berman's book The Flight of the Intellectuals. I'm posting the review here: Two criticisms lie at the heart of Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals. First, Berman criticizes the work of [...]

The Stiglitz Plan for Engineering Mobility

The Stiglitz Plan for Engineering Mobility

Joseph E. Stiglitz BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In the review section of the Sunday New York Times, the economist and Nobel Laureate Joseph E.Stiglitz remarks that “study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity.” We do not have equal opportunity in this country, he argues, because the probabilities for upward [...]

Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages

Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III If one of the purposes of a book review is to inspire readers to take up the original work, Elizabeth Povinelli’s sneering ad hominem attack on anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon months ago can at least be credited with contributing to my interest in obtaining a copy of Chagnon’s memoir, Noble Savages. I did not find [...]

Racist America? – Prof. Carl L. Bankston

Racist America? – Prof. Carl L. Bankston

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Many of my academic colleagues are dedicated to the proposition that the United States is racist to the core. That, in fact, is the thesis of the influential book Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations, by former American Sociological Association president Joe R. Feagin. The nation is so deeply [...]

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Nearly a quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the specter of Karl Marx continues to haunt our presses and blog posts. Supporters and opponents present Marxism as a modern ideology and a coherent body of thought. Jonathan Sperber's Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, argues that although Marx did [...]

Young People: You WILL Serve the State

Young People: You WILL Serve the State

President Cowen at the Aspen Institute Summit BY CARL L. BANKSTON III As Tulane University President Scott Cowen enters his last year before retirement, I want to acknowledge his contributions to the university. President Cowen is a talented and charismatic individual who has worked tirelessly for the institution he has headed since 1999. [...]

In the Land of Invented Languages, by Arika Okrent

In the Land of Invented Languages, by Arika Okrent

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In college I knew a young woman who had studied the languages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world and taught herself to write elvish runes. At about the same time, I used to listen to the jazz-rock fusion band, Magma, led by eccentric French musician Christian Vander. Vander’s lyrics were incomprehensible to [...]

The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Jared Diamond’s last two books aimed at accounting for the rise and fall of civilizations. Guns, Germs, and Steel offered a geographic and environmental theory of why complex societies arose in some parts of the world and not others and why Europe eventually dominated the globe. Collapse traced the fall of defunct [...]

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