New Books Network

Hannah L. Walker, “Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Hannah Walker’s new book, Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race (Oxford UP, 2020), brings together the political science and criminal justice disciplines in exploring how individuals are mobilized to engage in political participation by their connection to the criminal justice system in the United States. The... Read More
Chris Heffer, “All Bullshit and Lies?: Insincerity, Irresponsibility, and the Judgment of Untruthfulness” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The implied answer to the titular question of All Bullshit and Lies? (Oxford University Press, 2020) is no, it’s not. In this book, subtitled Insincerity, Irresponsibility, and the Judgment of Untruthfulness, Chris Heffer argues that to analyze untruthfulness, we need a framework which goes beyond these two kinds of speech... Read More
W. Germano and K. Nicholls, “Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document that Changes Everything” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Do you teach, or do you care about education? Then you have to read this book. At turns radical in the interventions it proposes in educational practice, at turns perspicacious in the views it opens on the act of teaching, at turns inspirational in the words it drops in the... Read More
David Barash, “Threats: Intimidation and Its Discontents” (Oxford UP, 2020)
What are the similar ways in which animals and people try to intimidate others? In his new book, Threats: Intimidation and Its Discontents (Oxford UP, 2020), David Barash explains. Barash is a research scientist and writer who spent 43 years as a professor of psychology at the University of Washington.... Read More
Eric Weiner, “The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Places” (Simon and Schuster, 2016)
Living, as we do, in a time in which a U.S. president anoints himself “a very stable genius”, we are particularly appreciative of Eric Weiner, a former foreign correspondent for NPR who writes with humility and humor, as he brings us along with him on his travels to times and... 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
Prita Meier, “Swahili Port Cities: The Architecture of Elsewhere” (Indiana UP, 2016)
On the Swahili coast of East Africa, monumental stone houses, tombs, and mosques mark the border zone between the interior of the African continent and the Indian Ocean. In Swahili Port Cities: The Architecture of Elsewhere (Indiana University Press), Prita Meier explores this coastal environment and shows how an African... Read More
Ian Kumekawa, “The First Serious Optimist: A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics” (Princeton UP, 2017)
The work of Alfred Cecil Pigou may not be as well known to people today as that of his contemporary John Maynard Keynes, but as Ian Kumekawa details in his book The First Serious Optimist: A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics (Princeton University Press, 2017), over the... Read More
EQ Spotlight Special: Roundtable on the 2020 Presidential Race
What are we to make of the year’s first presidential debate? Listen in as John R. Hibbing, Jonathan Weiler and I discuss this question and others surrounding the 2020 presidential race. Hibbing is a Foundation Regents University Professor of political history and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s been... Read More
Armstrong Williams, “What Black and White America Must Do Now: A Prescription to Move Beyond Race” (Hot Books, 2020)
What Black and White America Must Do Now: A Prescription to Move Beyond Race (Hot Books, 2020) explores the complexity of race and culture in the United States. In his third book, renowned conservative entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist Armstrong Williams discusses his prescription for healing and atonement amidst today’s current... Read More