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valiant exposé of the politicization of the nation’s intelligence-gathering operation is a
brave and courageous endeavor. By its very
nature, he observes, the CIA is a warren of
subterfuge and deception, a haven for those
who revel in wielding power shielded from
scrutiny by the public, the press, and the rest
of the government. An analyst and division
chief, Goodman’s career began in the mid-
1960s, when the country was fighting both
the war in Vietnam and the Cold War with
the Soviets. He worked until 1990, when
he resigned in frustration and outrage over
his experience with widespread corruption,
internal harassment, and intentional dissemination of misinformation to presidents,
Congress, and the American public. Goodman’s honest evaluation, supported by cogent
analysis, lays bare the raw ambition, venal duplicity, and deplorable incompetence of some
of those charged with keeping the nation safe.
At a time when the very concepts of truth
and accuracy are being called into question,
Goodman’s revelations are a clarion call for
vigilance and accountability. —Carol Haggas
Money on the Table: How to Increase
Profits through Gender-Balanced
By Melissa Greenwell.
Jan. 2017. 208p. Greenleaf, $21.95 (9781626343696);
e-book (9781626343702). 650.
In this candid and even-toned book, Greenwell, executive vice president and COO of the
national retailer The Finish Line, focuses on
one thing: the importance of companies having
women on boards and in leadership positions.
Greenwell backs her position by citing studies
that show that companies with gender-balanced
leadership have higher profits. From there, she
lays out a 10-step blueprint for attaining greater
gender balance. Most tips cost nothing to implement, such as find and keep female talent,
grow your pipeline, establish a succession plan,
and communicate. Greenwell discusses finding
women leaders and why they don’t stay—and
it’s not all about family. Other topics include
policies and practices that attract and retain
women leaders and soft topics, such as fear and
communication. At the end, she shifts her focus and offers 10 rules for women who want to
lead, and includes relatable anecdotes and solid
advice. This is a straightforward, easy read for
CEOs, executives, HR personnel, and anyone in
business. Without casting blame or dwelling on
negatives, Greenwell proposes a well-researched
strategy for increasing profits through gender-balanced leadership. —Jennifer Adams
Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause
for Parenthood without Killing Your
By Lisen Stromberg.
Jan. 2017. 288p. BenBella, $24.95 (9781942952732).
This book is a must-read for every woman
who values her career, wants to be available
to raise children, and is ready to take on the
world—by taking a pause. Those who read
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work,
and the Will to Lead (2013)
or Anne-Marie Slaughter’s
popular 2012 Atlantic ar-
ticle, “Why Women Still
Can’t Have it All,” will find
this to be a welcome middle
ground. With this break-
through book, Stromberg
demonstrates that she’s a
strong, detail-oriented journalist who weaves
an engaging story. Readers will be hooked by
the second page of the intro. In addition to
sharing her personal experience, Stromberg
shares the results of numerous interviews
and close to 1,500 survey responses that
focus on parents who re-enter a career after
taking a pause, not just plowing through or
opting out. She also provides useful strate-
gies and examples for making the pause
count, e.g., “Strategy #1: Don’t Skimp on
Your Maternity Leave.” “Work Pause Thrive
is what I wish I had when I was embarking
on my journey as a woman, a professional,
and a mother,” writes the author. Readers
around the country will want it, too. Highly
recommended for public-library collections.
Cesar Millan’s Lessons from the Pack:
Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My
By Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier.
Feb. 2017. 240p. National Geographic, $24.95
Famed dog behavior expert Millan goes
from teacher to student in this touching and
informative tribute to the dogs he’s loved
and learned from. First there was his grandfather’s farm dog, Paloma, who taught Cesar
how packs function and what it means to be
a leader. Millan’s first dog of his own was Re-galito, who helped him adjust to city life and
venture beyond his family’s small, cramped
apartment. When Cesar left Mexico to go to
California with the hope of becoming a dog
trainer, it was his ability to connect with Daisy, a fussy cocker spaniel, and calm her that
impressed the dog groomers who ended up
hiring him for his first real job working with
animals. Most prominent of course is Daddy,
the pit bull who costarred in Millan’s National Geographic show, Dog Whisperer, and
to whom the book is dedicated and whose
calm, peaceful nature endeared him to Millan and millions of viewers. Bound to appeal
to Millan’s many fans and any animal lover
who understands how much our four-legged
friends have to teach us. —Kristine Huntley
YA: A perfect pick for teen dog lovers, who
might relate to how dogs helped Millan
through challenges in his younger years.
The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir
of a Woman and Her Dog.
By Patricia McConnell.
Feb. 2017. 320p. Atria, $26 (9781501150159). 636.7.
Shortly after McConnell (The Other End of
the Leash, 2002) brought her eight-week-old
puppy, Will, home, her heart sank. She realized
that the young dog was exhibiting behaviors
that are usually associated with abused or problem animals. When Will turned aggressive with
other dogs, she knew that her goal of raising
a top-notch sheepdog would be nearly impossible to achieve. Yet, McConnell, a longtime
animal behaviorist, persisted in her training.
Over time, she came to realize that the dog was,
in some respects, both feeding off her own anxieties and mirroring them. With help, she began
to confront traumas that she thought had been
dealt with, only to realize that her troubled relationships, deep fears, and irrational behaviors
were evidence that some things are not easily
gotten over. This book is more than a story of
a bad dog turned better, and it is more than a
recitation of how dogs can help people. McConnell achieves something simple, honest, and
beautiful in a book about a troubled woman
and her troubled dog. —Joan Curbow
Homo Deus: A Brief History of
By Yuval Noah Harari.
Feb. 2017. 448p. Harper, $35 (9780062464316). 599.
Humanity has never been less violent, susceptible to plague, or at risk of famine than
it is right now, asserts historian Harari (
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, 2011). So
what will Homo sapiens strive toward next?
According to Harari: immortality, by way of
death-conquering drugs; bliss, via biochemical
manipulations engineered to induce “
everlasting pleasure”; and divinity, which we will
achieve through biotechnology enhancements
and the “brave new religions” of Silicon Valley.
He also tackles the “time bomb” of modern humanism, which, along with the “liberal package
of individualism, human rights, democracy and
the free market,” may be the seeds of humanity’s undoing. Careful to classify his arguments
as “possibilities rather than prophesies,” Harari’s
many predictions about the future of humanity toggle between solemn and starry-eyed,
depending on the reader’s perspective. It’s sometimes hard to tell what kind of book it is, given
the array of disciplines Harari covers in depth.
But like humanity itself, it’s an intelligent,
panoramic, if sometimes messy assemblage of
where we’ve been and what’s to come. Best for
readers who crave big ideas. —Chad Comello
Stalin and the Scientists: A History of
Triumph and Tragedy, 1905–1953.
By Simon Ings.
Feb. 2017. 518p. Grove/Atlantic, $28 (9780802125989).
During the Stalin era, Soviet propaganda and
sympathetic Westerners touted the “objective
science” of Marxism and the belief that as socialism evolved, freedom and creativity would
be unleashed. In reality, of course, Stalin had