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Book Reviews by Richard J. Margolis

(in chronological order with most recent first; titles not available to download from this website are in red)

Ten Books You May Have Missed (ruralamerica, 2000)

In PursuIt of Happiness & Good Government - by Charles Murray; The Ultra Rich: How Much Is Too Much? - by Vance Packard (Across the Board, 1989)

The Buzzards Above, the Cane Below: Big Sugar: Seasons in the Cane Fields of Florida, by Alec Wilkinson  (New York Times, 1989)


In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson - by Noble Cunningham Jr. (New York Times, 1987)

Sometimes Something Seems to Work: No Ceasefires: The War on Poverty in Roanoke Valley - by Edwin Cobb (New York Times, Feb. 3, 1985)

An Old Man's Diary - by A.J.P. Taylor (New York Times, 1985)


Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life & Times - by Otis Graham Jr.; The New Deal, the Worker & the Great Depression - by Irving Bernstein (New York Times, 1985)

Government Was the Solution: Franklin D. Roosevelt - edited by Otis Graham Jr. and Meghan Robinson Wander; and A Caring Society - by Irving Bernstein (New York Times, June 16, 1985)

Postmortem: New Evidence in the Case of Sacco & Venzetti - by William Young and David Kaiser (New York Times, 1985)


Burning Money: The Waste of Your Tax Dollars - by Peter Grace (New York Times, 1984)

Recapitalizing America: Alternatives to the Corporate Distortion of National Policy - by S.M. Miller and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (New York Times, 1984)

What's Ahead for the Economy: The Challenge & the Chance - by Louis Rukeyser (New York Times, 1984)

Acts of Courage & Belief - by Gregory Stone and Douglas Lowenstein (New York Times, 1983)

The American Novel & the Way We Live Now - by John Aldridge (New York Times, 1983)

Aunt Arie: A Foxfire Portrait - by Linda Page & Eliot Wigginton (New York Times, 1983)

JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy - by Herbert Parmet (New York Times, 1983)


Channels of Power: The Impact of Television on American Politics - by Austin Ranney (New York Times, 1983)

Framed: The New Right Attack on Chief Justice Rose Bird & the Courts - by Betty Medsger (New York Times, 1983)

Government by Contract - by John Hanrahan (New York Times, 1983)

The Last Enemy - by Richard Hillary (New York Times, 1983)

Roughneck: The Life & Times of Bill Haywood - by Peter Carlson (New York Times, 1983)

The Making of the New Deal: The Insiders Speak - by Kate Loucheheim (New York Times, 1983)

The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers & the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry - by Steven Hahn (New York Times, 1983)

Who Owns Appalachia? Landownership & Its Impact - by Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force (New York

Times, 1983)

Cleveland Benjamin's Dead (ruralamerica, 1983)

Beyond the Bottom: The Underclass - by Ken Auletta (The New Leader, 1982)

Small Town America - by Richard Lingeman (The New Leader, 1980)

Educating All Our Children - by Doxey Wilkerson (Change, 1980)

Framed by the Evening News: Media Images of the New Left: The Whole World Is Watching - by Todd Gitlin (Chronicle of Higher Education, November 1980)

Mean Things Happening in This Land - by H.L. Mitchell (ruralamerica, 1979)

The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks & Changing American Institutions - by William Julius Wilson; and Protest, Politics, and Prosperity: Black Americans and White Institutions 1940-1975 - by Dorothy Newman (Change, 1979)

Where the Rainbows Wait - by Trent Jones, Carlton Stowers (Change, 1978 -79)

When Push Comes to Shove: The Fall of Public Man - by Richard Sennett (Bookletter, Jan. 31, 1977)


Jewish Dynasty: The Thirteenth Tribe - by Arthur Koestler (Bookletter [Harper's Magazine], 1977)

A Politics of Feeling: College: Reward & Betrayal - by Thomas Cottle (Change, 1977)

O Pioneer, O Morris! Good Neighborhood: The Challenge of Open Housing - by Morris Milgram (The New Leader, 1977)

Roosevelt's Revolution: The First Year - by Rexford Tugwell (Bookletter [Harper's Magazine], 1977)

Clash of Cultures: Crazy Horse and Custer - by Steven E. Ambrose (Bookletter, Jan. 19, 1976)

The Second Exodus: Review of World of our Fathers - by Irving Howe (Bookletter, Feb. 2, 1976)


Please Pass the Health: Medical Nemesis: the Expropriation of Health - by Ivan Illich (Bookletter, June 21, 1976)

Riding the Earthboy 40 - by James Welch (Bookletter [Harper's Magazine], 1976)

Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health - by Ivan Illich (Bookletter [Harper's Magazine], 1976)

Their Daily Bread: Land Grant Universities & Their Continuing Challenges - by G. Lester Anderson (Change, 1976)


Education in the U.S.: A Documentary History - by Sol Cohen (Change, 1975)


Liberal Parents, Radical Children - by Midge Decter (Change, 1975)


The Negro on Campus - by Raymond Wolters (Change, 1975)


Communalism: From Its Origins to the 20th Century - by Kenneth Rexroth (Change, 1975)


True Americanism: Green Berets & War Resisters: A Study of Commitment - by David M. Mantell (Change, 1974/75)

A Heavy Cross to Bear: Blue Cross: What Went Wrong? - by Sarah Law (1974)

Circuses without Bread: Blowing the Whistle on Intercollegiate Sports - by J. Robert Evans (Change, 1974)


Learning for Tomorrow: The Role of the Future in Education - by Alvin Toffler (Change, 1974)


A Rap on Race - by Margaret Mead & James Baldwin (Life Magazine, 1971)

Letting Sleeping Dragons Lie: The Moynihan Report & the Politics of Controversy - by Lee Rainwater & William Yancy (The New Leader, 1967)

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