New Books Network

Andrea S. Boyles, “You Can’t Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America” (U California Press, 2019)
“Black lives matter before death.” (p.132) In her powerful new book, You Can’t Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America (University of California Press, 2019), Andrea S. Boyles provides vivid ethnographic work and in-depth interviews from the Ferguson protests. She shares  discussions and experiences that illustrate... Read More
Andrew R. M. Smith, “No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing” (U Texas Press, 2020)
Today we are joined by Andrew R. M. Smith, author of No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing (University of Texas Press, 2020). In our conversation, we discussed Foreman’s career, the role of race in American sports, and how boxing helped give rise to athletic... Read More
Mark Katz, “Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In April 2014, a cohort of twenty-five hip hop artists assembled in Washington, D.C. for the first orientation meeting of a new cultural diplomacy program sponsored by the United States State Department. Next Level brings hip hop practitioners from the United States to other countries where they collaborate with local... Read More
Adrienne Petty, “Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War” (Oxford UP, 2013)
Professor Adrienne Petty discusses her book, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013), about the black and white farmers in the South who were part of the “small farming class,” and their evolving strategies for holding onto their land through the... Read More
Great Books: Rich Blint on James Baldwin’s “Another Country”
“If we – and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks […] do not falter in our duty now, we may be able […] to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.” James Baldwin’s appeal and admonition... Read More
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, “The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games” (NYU Press, 2019)
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas has written a beautiful, captivating, and thoughtful book about the idea of our imaginations, especially our cultural imaginations, and the images and concepts that we all consume, especially as young readers and audience members. The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger... Read More
Christopher Cameron, “Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism” (Northwestern UP, 2019)
Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019) by Christopher Cameron, an Associate Professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, is a precise and nuanced history of African American secularism from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. This text is written... Read More