New Books Network

Jerome Gellman, “The History of Evil from the Mid-Twentieth Century to Today: 1950-2018” (Routledge, 2018)
“The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” – Genesis 8:21 “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.” – William Shakespeare We share with other animals the experiences of violence; of pain, fear and loss, but human beings are... Read More
Chad Pearson, “Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2015)
Professor Chad Pearson of Collin College, author of Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) traces the roots of modern anti-unionism in the U.S. to the early 20th century open shop movement and a push by business interests nationwide to break unions and stall the... Read More
Ingrid Horrocks, “Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784–1814” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Ingrid Horrocks talks about the way women travelers, specifically women wanderers, are represented in late-eighteenth century literature, particularly in the work of women writers. Horrocks in an associate professor in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of Women Wanderers and the Writing... Read More
Lori Cox Han, “Advising Nixon: The White House Memos of Patrick J. Buchanan” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
Political Scientist and presidential expert Lori Cox Han has written an absorbing analysis of the many, many memos that Pat Buchanan wrote while working in Richard Nixon’s White House. Buchanan was in the Nixon White House from the very beginning until the very end, and many of his memos are... Read More
Sarah Wobick-Segev, “Homes Away from Home: Jewish Belonging in 20th-Century Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg” (Stanford UP, 2018)
In pre-emancipation Europe, most Jews followed Jewish law most of the time, but by the turn of the twentieth century, a new secular Jewish identity had begun to take shape. How did Jews go from lives organized by synagogues, shul, and mikvehs to lives that were conducted in Hillel houses,... Read More
Brendan Simms, “Hitler: A Global Biography” (Basic Books, 2019)
Every generation returns to the titanic heroes and villains of the 20th century.  And every generation produces a new set of biographies–often immense–in an effort to understand the role of that eras main figures. In the past three years, three important new books have reassessed Hitler’s life, beliefs and actions. ... Read More
Yaacob Dweck, “Dissident Rabbi: The Life of Jacob Sasportas” (Princeton UP, 2019)
In 1665, Sabbetai Zevi, a self-proclaimed Messiah with a mass following throughout the Ottoman Empire and Europe, announced that the redemption of the world was at hand. As Jews everywhere rejected the traditional laws of Judaism in favor of new norms established by Sabbetai Zevi, and abandoned reason for the... Read More