New Books Network

Richard J. Bernstein, “Why Read Hannah Arendt Now” (Polity, 2018)
Nobody should feel excited about the renewed relevance of Hannah Arendt’s work today. Her foresight about the fragility of democratic life is relevant for the worst possible reasons: populism, white supremacy, mass deception, the rise of fascism around the world, the coordinated assault on serious journalism, academia and any kind... Read More
Adeline M. Masquelier, “Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger (University of Chicago Press 2019) is a study of the kinds of experimentation and creative engagements that young men in the urban public spaces of Niger undertake when confronted with the precarity and boredom of unemployed adult life. “The sitting that kills the pants”... Read More
Angela Rudert, “Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Angela Rudert‘s Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) is the first academic study of the popular contemporary North Indian female guru Anandmurti Gurumaa. In drawing from, e.g., Sikh and Sufi traditions, Gurumaa’s syncretic approach innovates Hindu religiosity, as does her progressive attitudes... Read More
Serhii Plokhy, “Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front” (Oxford UP, 2019)
What happened when Americans and Soviets fought alongside one another against Hitler? How did relations at Poltava airbase reveal cracks in the Grand Alliance? Serhii Plokhy tells the story of personal relationships and high geopolitics in his new book Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: American Airmen behind the Soviet Lines... Read More
Marcos González Hernando, “British Think Tanks After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
How did the financial crisis of 2018 change politics? In British Think Tanks After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Marcos González Hernando, an Affiliated Researcher at the University of Cambridge and Senior Researcher at Think Tank for Action on Social Change (TASC), explores how think tanks were... Read More
Susan Opotow, “New York After 9/11” (Fordham UP, 2019)
The impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the country have been widely discussed—but what about the impact on New York City, specifically? In their new anthology, New York After 9/11 (Fordham University Press, 2018), Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob examine how life in New York City was drastically... Read More
Ruha Benjamin, “Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code” (Polity, 2019)
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity. In Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Polity, 2019), Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers... Read More