New Books Network

Catherine L. Besteman, “Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine” (Duke UP, 2016)
Catherine L. Besteman‘s book Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine (Duke University Press, 2016) is an important contribution to our understanding of the process of remaking one’s way of life after war in a new place, and in a new culture. Besteman writes about her ethnographic encounter in... Read More
Jessica Lynne Pearson, “The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa” (Harvard UP, 2018)
International organizations throw up several obstacles—their immense scale, their dry bureaucratic language—to the historian trying to piece together their past. In her book, The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa (Harvard University Press, 2018), Jessica Lynne Pearson steers clear of these obstacles and... Read More
Judi Rever, “In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front” (Random House, 2018)
Judi Rever’s In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (Random House, 2018) is investigative journalism at its finest. Through great personal risk to so many of those involved, Rever and her sources tell a story far different from the one most people who are familiar with... Read More
Gillian Glaes, “African Political Activism in Postcolonial France: State Surveillance and Social Welfare” (Routledge, 2018)
Gillian Glaes’s African Political Activism in Postcolonial France: State Surveillance and Social Welfare (Routledge, 2018) examines the experiences and agency of African immigrants in France from 1960 through the 1970s. Focused on the Africans who migrated to work and live in France during the post-decolonization period, the book tracks continuities... Read More
Stephanie Malia Hom, “Empire’s Mobius Strip: Historical Echoes in Italy’s Crisis of Migration and Detention” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Italy’s current crisis of Mediterranean migration and detention has its roots in early twentieth century imperial ambitions. Stephanie Malia Hom‘s new book Empire’s Mobius Strip: Historical Echoes in Italy’s Crisis of Migration and Detention (Cornell University Press, 2019) investigates how mobile populations were perceived to be major threats to Italian... Read More
Alex Lichtenstein, “Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid” (Indiana UP, 2016)
Alex Lichtenstein, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, discusses his new book with co-author Rick Halpern, Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid (Indiana University Press, 2016) photojournalism, and writing transnational histories of labor and social justice movements. As a photographer for Life and Fortune magazines, Margaret Bourke-White traveled... Read More
Benjamin Breen, “The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade” (U Penn Press, 2019)
In Benjamin Breen‘s The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), we are transported back to a time when there was no such thing as “recreational” and “medicinal” drugs. People ate Egyptian mummies. Tobacco apparently cured cancer. And the book has many more... Read More