Book Reviews/The Independent Scholar (TIS)

Book Reviews

Reviews of books, which may be authored or reviewed by independent scholars, are published on line once the review has been approved by the editors. They are then published in the next edition of The Independent Scholar. Suggestions for suitable books should be sent to the Book Review Editor (BRE) on 

Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland, Bernard Goldstein
(West Lafayette, IND: Purdue University Press, 2016)

The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture, Katya Krylova
(Rochester: Camden House, 2017)

African Women: Early History to the 21st Century, Kathleen Sheldon
(Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017)

Katherine Joseph: Photographing an Era of Social Significance, Suzanne Hertzberg
(Washington, D.C.: Bergamont Press, 2016)

TIS Volume 3 (June 2017) <Download PDF>

Jane Welsh Carlyle and her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Friendship and Marriage, Kathy Chamberlain
(London: Duckworth Overlook, 2017)

Stealing Fire: Memoir of Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage, Boria Sax
(Decalogue Books, 2014)

The Book of Pears: The Definitive History and Guide to Over 500 Varieties, Joan Morgan, with paintings by Elisabeth Dowle
(Ebury Press, October 2015)

Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee, Tula Connell
(University of Illinois Press, April 2016)

Surviving the Twenty-First Century: Essays by William Eaton
(Serving House Books, July 2015)

The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience, Alan E. Johnson
(Philosophia Publications, 2015)


TIS Volume 2 (September 2016) <Download PDF>

Paranormal: A New Testament Scholar Looks at the Afterlife, Valerie Abrahamsen
(Shires Press, 2015)

The Kosher Sutras, Marcus J. Freed
(FreedThinker Books, 2013)


Animals in the Third Reich, 2nd edition, Boria Sax
(Providence, R.I., Yogh & THORN/The Poet's Press, 2000, 2013)


For the Union and the Catholic Church: Four Converts in the Civil War, Max Longley
(NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015)


TIS Special Conference Issue, 'Traditions and Transitions,'  Volume 1 (December 2015) <Download PDF>


Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization, eds., James E. Block and Amanda J. Haste 
(Paris: Ex Modio, 2015)


Dance, Consumerism, and Spirituality, C.S. Walter
(New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)


The Kabbalah Sutras: 49 Steps to Enlightenment, Marcus Freed
(Los Angeles, CA: FreedThinker Books, 2015)


The American Dream in Vietnamese, Nhi T. Lieu
(Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)