New Books Network

Nicole Maurantonio, “Confederate Exceptionalism: Civil War Myth and Memory in the Twenty-First Century” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
In a time of contentious debate over Confederate monuments, Nicole Maurantonio (Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond) provides an intriguing look into how revisionist ideas of the Confederacy have seeped into mainstream culture. Based in Richmond, the former capital of the... Read More
M. A. Weitekamp and M. Delaney, “Smithsonian American Women” (Smithsonian Books, 2019)
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity and Vision from the National Collection (Smithsonian Book, 2019) is an inspiring and surprising celebration of U.S. women’s history told through Smithsonian artifacts illustrating women’s participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, military, politics, activism, and more. This... Read More
Grace Elizabeth Hale, “Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture” (UNC Press, 2020)
In Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture (University of North Carolina Press), Grace Elizabeth Hale tells the epic story of the Athens, Georgia music scene. Hale explains how a small college town hard to get to even from Atlanta gave rise to dozens of... Read More
A. P. Carnevale, “The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America” (The New Press, 2020)
Colleges fiercely defend America’s higher education system, arguing that it rewards bright kids who have worked hard. But it doesn’t actually work this way. As the recent bribery scandal demonstrates, social inequalities and colleges’ pursuit of wealth and prestige stack the deck in favor of the children of privilege. For... Read More
Joshua C. Myers, “We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989” (NYU Press, 2019)
We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 (NYU Press, 2019) is the first history of the 1989 Howard University protest. The three-day occupation of the university’s Administration Building was a continuation of the student movements of the sixties and a unique challenge to... Read More
Katherine Stewart, “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
For too long the Religious Right has masqueraded as a social movement preoccupied with a number of cultural issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In her deeply reported investigation, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, Katherine Stewart reveals a disturbing truth: this is a political... Read More
Kennan Ferguson, “Cookbook Politics” (U Penn Press, 2020)
Many of us have stacks of cookbooks on our shelves, which we look through for ideas and inspiration, or to transport us to distant places with different foods, smells, experiences, and sometimes memories of our visits. Kennan Ferguson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, argues that there... Read More
Archie Brown, “The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War” (Oxford UP, 2020)
What brought about an end to the Cold War has long been a subject of speculation and mythology. One prominent argument is that the United States simply bankrupted the Soviet Union, outspending the Soviets on the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, or “Star Wars”). Renowned Soviet and Russian scholar, Professor Archie... Read More
Vincent Bevins, “The Jakarta Method” (Public Affairs, 2020)
Why did the word “Jakarta” appear as graffiti on the streets of Santiago in 1973? Why did left-wing Chilean activists receive postcards in the mail with the ominous message “Jakarta is coming”? Why did a Brazilian general lose his temper in an interview with university students, threaten their safety, and... Read More