New Books Network

Katharina Pistor, “The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality” (Princeton UP, 2019)
“Most lawyers, most actors, most soldiers and sailors, most athletes, most doctors, and most diplomats feel a certain solidarity in the face of outsiders, and, in spite of other differences, they share fragments of a common ethic in their working life, and a kind of moral complicity.” – Stuart Hampshire,... Read More
V. Hudson, D. Bowen, P. Nielsen, “The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide” (Columbia UP, 2020)
Global history records an astonishing variety of forms of social organization. Yet almost universally, males subordinate females. How does the relationship between men and women shape the wider political order? Valerie M. Hudson, Donna Lee Bowen, and Perpetua Lynne Nielsen‘s new book The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance... Read More
Olivier Roy, “Is Europe Christian?” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Olivier Roy, who is professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, is one of the most influential analysts of religion and secularisation in late modernity. Today he joins us to talk about his new book, Is Europe Christian?, which was published... Read More
Elise Berman, “Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Since World War II, the fate of the Marshal Islands has been tied to the United States. The Marshalls were a site of military testing, host a US military base, and many Marshallese migrate to the US to pursue education and economic opportunity. Yet there are few books about Marshallese... Read More
Douglas Murray, “The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity” (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019)
International bestselling author Douglas Murray examines in his latest book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019) the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names... Read More
Lee Drutman, “Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America” (Oxford UP, 2020)
There are quite a few authors writing about the problems facing American democracy and how best to solve those problems. Many of the problematic issues devolve to the question of representation – and how to shift or change the American political system so that it better represents the voters themselves... Read More
Matthew Gutmann, “Are Men Animals? How Modern Masculinity Sells Men Short” (Basic Books, 2019)
In Are Men Animals? How Modern Masculinity Sells Men Short (Basic Books, 2019), Matthew Gutmann examines how cultural expectations viewing men as violent and sex driven become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dubious interpretations of the scientific study of the effects of testosterone, comparisons to the animal kingdom and the persistence of... Read More