BOOKS RECEIVED: Jeremy Engels, “The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In the days and weeks following the tragic 2011 shooting of nineteen Arizonans, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there were a number of public discussions about the role that rhetoric might have played in this horrific event. In question was the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Torrey Shanks, “Authority Figures: Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke’s Political Thought” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the essential but largely unappreciated place of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical thought. Locke’s well-known hostility to rhetoric has obscured an important debt to figural and inventive language. Here, Shanks traces… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Mary E. Stuckey, “Voting Deliberatively: FDR and the 1936 Presidential Campaign” (Penn State UP, 2015)
The 1932 election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt seemed to hold the promise of Democratic domination for years to come. However, leading up to the 1936 election, persistent economic problems, a controversial domestic agenda, and the perception of a weak foreign… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ricardo Hausmann and Francisco Rodriguez, “Venezuela Before Chavez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse” (Penn State UP, 2015)
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Venezuela had one of the poorest economies in Latin America, but by 1970 it had become the richest country in the region and one of the twenty richest countries in the world, ahead… Read More
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