The T. Carlos Book Review List

Click on any cover (or subtitle for multiple reviews of same title) for my review and commentary as the title relates to common good, egalitarianism, inequality, or restorative justice:


Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River (Riverhead, 2018)








Robert Sapolsky’s Behave (Penguin, 2017)

Part 1

Part 2







Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told (Basic Books, 2014)




Jane Mayer’s Dark Money (Doubleday, 2016)








Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash (Penguin, 2017)









T.R. Reid’s A Fine Mess (Penguin, 2017)








Robert Putnam’s Our Kids (Simon & Schuster, 2016)





Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy (Spiegel & Grau, 2014)









Matthew Desmond’s Evicted (Crown, 2016)






Peter Steinke’s Teaching Fish to Walk (New Vision Press, 2016)









Mohamed El-Erian’s The Only Game in Town (Random House, 2016)







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Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth (Princeton University Press, 2016)

Review, Part 1           Review, Part 2

Review, Part 3           Review, Part 4

Review, Part 5





Sendihl Mullainathan’s and Eldar Shafir’s Scarcity (Times, 2013)








Charles Fishman’s The Big Thirst (Free Press, 2012)

Review, Part 1

Review, Part 2

Review, Part 3






Sam Harris’s The Moral Landscape (Free Press, 2011)








Linda Tirado’s Hand to Mouth (Putnam, 2014)









Thomas Piketty’s Capital (Belknap, 2013)







jalbm.questDaniel Yergin’s The Quest (Penguin, 2011)







Tim/T. Carlos Anderson – I’m a Protestant minister and Director of Community Development for Austin City Lutherans (ACL), an organization of fifteen ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) congregations in Austin. I’m also the author of Just a Little Bit More: The Culture of Excess and the Fate of the Common Good (Blue Ocotillo/ACTA, 2014) and There is a Balm in Huntsville: A True Story of Tragedy and Restoration from the Heart of the Texas Prison System (Walnut Street Books, April 2019).