New Books Network

Michael E. McCullough, “The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code” (Basic Books, 2020)
Why Give a Damn About Strangers? In his book The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code (Basic Books, 2020), Michael E. McCullough explains. McCullough is a professor of psychology at the University of California San Diego, where he directs the Evolution and Human Behavior... Read More
Joan Scott, “On the Judgment of History” (Columbia UP, 2020)
Joan Scott’s groundbreaking work in gender and French history is essential reading for any aspiring historian. Indeed, she last joined us on New Books in French Studies to talk about her 2017 book Sex and Secularism. But her latest work, On the Judgment of History (Columbia UP, 2020), is a... Read More
Margaret Heffernan, “Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together” (Simon and Schuster, 2020)
Today I spoke with Dr Margaret Heffernan about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together (Simon and Schuster, 2020). Margaret produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she became a businesswomen. She is the author of six... Read More
Jeremy England, “Every Life is on Fire: How Thermodynamics Explains the Origins of Living Things” (Basic Books, 2020)
“How did life begin? Most things in the universe aren’t alive, and yet if you trace the evolutionary history of plants and animals back far enough, you will find that, at some point, neither were we. Scientists have wrestled with the problem through the ages, and yet they still don’t... Read More
Frans de Waal, “Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves” (Norton, 2019)
Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves (W. W. Norton & Company) is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals, beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it—from dogs... Read More
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, “Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet” (Verso Books, 2020)
In Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet (Verso Books, 2020), Noam Chomsky, the world’s leading public intellectual, and Robert Pollin, the renowned progressive economist, map out the catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change—and present a realistic blueprint for change: the Green... Read More
Carl Safina, “Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace” (Henry Holt, 2020)
Some people insist that culture is strictly a human accomplishment. What are those people afraid of? Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace (Henry Holt and Co.) looks into three cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth’s remaining wild places. It shows how if... Read More
R. Pollin and N. Chomsky, “Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet” (Verso, 2020)
Is there a consensus on the best response to global warming? Not even close. Left and right both bring their own tools, math, and, most notably, agendas–climate related and non-climate related–to their policy prescriptions. Economist Robert Pollin has teamed up with Noam Chomsky to produce a manifesto for the New... Read More
David Haig, “From Darwin to Derrida: Selfish Genes, Social Selves, and the Meanings of Life” (MIT Press, 2020)
In his book, From Darwin to Derrida: Selfish Genes, Social Selves, and the Meanings of Life (MIT Press), evolutionary biologist David Haig explains how a physical world of matter in motion gave rise to a living world of purpose and meaning. Natural selection is a process without purpose, yet gives... Read More
Matthew Yglesias, “One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger” (Portfolio, 2020)
What would actually make America great? More people. If the most challenging crisis in living memory has shown us anything, it’s that America has lost the will and the means to lead. From one of our foremost policy writers, One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger (Portfolio) is the... Read More