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frank (Pegues entered a $200 million lawsuit
against the NYPD, among others). This insider account of street and squad-room life is
riveting, and Pegues’ writing style is assured
and polished. —Connie Fletcher
Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis
and the Transformation of American
Politics in the 1970s.
By Meg Jacobs.
Apr. 2016. 384p. Hill & Wang, $27 (9780809058471);
e-book (9780374714895). 333.79.
With the recent surplus of gasoline radically reducing prices at the pump, it may
be difficult for many car owners to believe
that shortages were ever possible on our
currently oil-rich American continent. For
those who lived through the 1970s, however,
memories of mile-long gas lines and violent
trucker strikes are still all too vivid. In this
probing look back at that politically charged
energy crisis, Columbia University professor
and public policy expert Jacobs provides a
keen-eyed history and analysis of what went
wrong. The crisis began in October 1973
when OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries), led by Arab nations,
announced an oil embargo in retaliation for
American involvement in that year’s Arab-Israeli war. For most Americans who relied
on oil for heating as well as transportation,
the embargo felt like a surprise attack, while
politicians and business leaders were forced to
improvise responses ranging from brownouts
to gasoline rationing. Jacobs’ well-written account faithfully re-creates the period’s turmoil
and demonstrates how governmental missteps
more than 40 years ago still affect our energy
policies today. —Carl Hays
Ed. by David E. Newton.
2015. 326p. ABC-CLIO, $60 (9781610696951). 333.792.
Similar to other titles in ABC-CLIO’s
The Value of the Moon: How to Explore,
Contemporary World Issues series, this
book is divided into a general background;
a detailed chronological history; biographi-
cal sketches; an extensive set of figures and
tables; and an annotated bibliography of
books, articles, reports, and Internet sites
on the topic of solar energy. The topics on
solar-powered energy range from the use and
development of photovoltaic cells to solar
heating and concentrating and storing solar
power, along with a discussion of the benefits
and potential drawbacks of solar power. Two
particular strengths are the section on facts
and figures and the extensive annotated bib-
liography of outside resources. Suitable for
young adult and nonspecialist researchers,
this concise, single-volume resource would
be a good addition to high-school and un-
dergraduate libraries or public libraries
where readers may be interested in this con-
stantly developing topic. —Robert Robinson
YA/C: A good choice for high-school
students researching this contemporary
Live, and Prosper in Space Using the
By Paul D. Spudis.
Apr. 2016. 272p. Smithsonian, $27.95 (9781588345035).
Since Spudis’ prior popular work, The Once
and Future Moon (1996), there has been a
startling discovery: Earth’s closest celestial
neighbor has water. Involved in the research
into this revelation, Spudis summarizes the
evidence as a prelude to this book’s main argument: that the objective of America’s human
spaceflight program should be a permanent
presence on the moon. NASA is intent, instead, on reaching an asteroid or Mars.
Criticizing those destinations for scientific
and technical reasons, Spudis also asserts that
NASA will never receive enough money for
these destinations. Thus, space policy ought
to refocus on the moon because, in Spudis’
repeated, slogan-like phrase, “it’s close, it’s
interesting, and it’s useful.” Presenting a methodical plan to establish a base, Spudis insists
his ideas are within NASA’s budget. If frugality doesn’t convince them, Spudis suggests
a strategic competition, noting that there is
a new race to the moon with just one contestant: China. Realistic in its attention to
political constraints, Spudis’ lucid argument
will persuade space enthusiasts that a return
to the moon is the right direction for America’s space program. —Gilbert Taylor
Weed, The User’s Guide: A 21st Century
Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana.
By David Schmader.
Apr. 2016. 208p. Sasquatch, paper, $18.95
As of the end of 2015, the recreational use
of marijuana was legal in four U.S. states and
the District of Columbia, and medical use
is approved in 23, plus D.C.—with more
likely to come, since the Pew Research Center
reports that 53 percent of Americans are pro-
legalization. That’s justification for adding this
little book, even if controversial, to public-
library collections. It’s smoothly written and
completely thought out, covering the basics of
usage (smoking, vaping, consuming edibles,
and applying the substance topically) as well
as “marijuana etiquette” (don’t bogart, man!).
There are recipes for classic pot brownies and
cannabis-infused oil, and humor reigns the
day (the advice for scoring includes offering
homemade banana bread to the neighbors if
you’ve ever smelled pot smoke wafting from
their door). It’s irreverent, to be sure, but seri-
ous advice includes what do to if you’re high,
and don’t want to be, as well as a chapter on
safety and legality. Keep this out of the YA
section, but it’s sure to be a hit with those who
smoke ’em if they’ve got ’em. —Rebecca Vnuk
The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big
Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and
By Kim Kavin.
May 2016. 320p. Pegasus, $27.95 (9781681771403).
Kavin wades into the $11 billion dog business in this devastatingly clear-cut exposé.
That she manages to accomplish so much
without tugging too hard on readers’ emotions is only one of the surprises in this
megaton bomb that reveals the facts about
how large and starkly clinical the business of
dog breeding has become. There is no denying that Americans love their dogs, or that
purebred dogs enjoy a lofty position in our
affections, but as Kavin visits the country’s
biggest dog auction and navigates the worlds
of dog shows, commercial breeders, small
breeders, hobby breeders, and the universally
hated “puppy mills,” she discovers the cold
truth about our relationship with man’s best
friend. Commercial breeding exists because
people want certain dogs and will pay big
money for them no matter what. That desire,
fueled by pet trends and famous television
and movie dogs, means breeding escalates,
sales increase, and shelters are inundated with
rejected, abandoned, neglected, and abused
dogs. Kavin’s findings are enraging, and there
is no one to blame for this mess but ourselves.
The Science of Growth: How Facebook
Beat Friendster—and How Nine Other
Startups Left the Rest in the Dust.
By Sean Ammirati.
Apr. 2016. 256p. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (9781250074294).
So you’ve started a business, now what?
Ammirati seeks to answer this question in
this sequel of sorts to the standard texts on
the science of startups. In response, Ammirati offers a science of growth—a guide on
how to scale your business once it’s successfully established. Why did Facebook beat
Friendster? How did Tesla outdo Fisker?
Why does McDonald’s boast over 35,000
locations worldwide, when White Castle
has fewer than 500? Ammirati examines
26 well-known companies to discover what
separates the success stories from the failures.
He draws examples from diverse industries
• Young adult recommendations for adult,
audio, and reference titles reviewed in
this issue have been contributed by the
Booklist staff and by reviewers Nancy
Bent, Jonathan Fullmer, Mark Levine,
Candace Smith, and Emily Whitmore.
• Adult titles recommended for teens are
marked with the following symbols: YA,
for books of general YA interest; YA/C,
for books with particular curriculum
value; YA/S, for books that will appeal
most to teens with a special interest in
a specific subject; and YA/M, for books
best suited to mature teens.