New Books Network

Li Zhang, “Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy” (U California Press, 2020)
The breathless pace of China’s economic reform has brought about deep ruptures in socioeconomic structures and people’s inner landscape. Faced with increasing market-driven competition and profound social changes, more and more middle-class urbanites are turning to Western-style psychological counseling to grapple with their mental distress. Anxious China: Inner Revolution and... Read More
Scott Laderman, “The ‘Silent Majority’ Speech: Richard Nixon, the Vietnam War, and the Origins of the New Right” (Routledge, 2019)
On November 3, 1969 Richard M. Nixon addressed the nation in what would come to be known as “The Silent Majority Speech”. In 32 minutes, the president promoted his plan for a “Vietnamization” of the war and called upon “the great silent majority of my fellow Americans” to support his... Read More
Robert Plomin, “Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are” (MIT Press, 2019)
Have you ever felt, “Oh my God, I’m turning into my mother (or father)!” ?  Robert Plomin explains why that happens in Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (MIT Press, 2019). A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent lifelong... Read More
Lost Temples of the Jungle: A History of Mrauk-U with Dr. Bob Hudson
Deep in the jungles of Myanmar lie the remains of an ancient kingdom, the 15th-century royal city of Mrauk-U. Located in the Bay of Bengal and separated from the rest of the country by the Arakan mountain range, Mrauk-U Township boasts a stunning rural landscape dotted with the hundreds of... Read More
Noel Malcolm, “Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Sir Noel Malcolm’s captivating new book, Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2019), tells the story of Western European fascination with the Ottoman empire and Islam between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the latter half of the 18th century.... Read More
Frank Jacob, “Japanese War Crimes during World War II: Atrocity and the Psychology of Collective Violence” (Praeger, 2018)
When you mention Japanese War crimes in World War Two, you’ll often get different responses from different generations.  The oldest among us will talk about the Bataan Death March.  Younger people, coming of age in the 1990s, will mention the Rape of Nanking or the comfort women forced into service... Read More
Richard L. Hasen, “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy” (Yale UP, 2020)
As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections. In Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy (Yale UP, 2020), Richard L. Hasen uses riveting stories illustrating four factors increasing the mistrust. Voter suppression... Read More
Dan Royles, “To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle Against HIV/AIDS” (UNC Press, 2020)
In the decades since it was identified in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated African American communities. Members of those communities mobilized to fight the epidemic and its consequences from the beginning of the AIDS activist movement. They struggled not only to overcome the stigma and denial surrounding a “white gay disease”... Read More
Nadia Nurhussein, “Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America” (Princeton UP, 2019)
In Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America (Princeton University Press, 2019), Nadia Nurhussein explores late nineteenth and twentieth century African American cultural engagement with and literary depictions of imperial Ethiopia. Widely celebrated as one of two African nations to resist European colonization in the age of modern imperialism, Ethiopia... Read More
M. Pettis and M. C. Klein, “Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace” (Yale UP, 2020)
Trade imbalances have long been a sticking point in international economics, most recently between the United States and China. The conversation about persistent trade imbalances tends to take on a moral dimension, whether praising German thrift, criticising American profligacy, or accusing China of nefarious behaviour. In Trade Wars Are Class... Read More