New Books Network

Greg Mitchell, “The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood—and America—Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (The New Press, 2020)
Soon after atomic bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, MGM set out to make a movie studio chief Louis B. Mayer called “the most important story” he would ever film: a big budget dramatization of the Manhattan Project and the invention and use of the revolutionary new weapon.... Read More
Creshema R. Murray, “Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Production, Presentation, and Power” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Television informs our perceptions and expectations of leaders and offers a guide to understanding how we, as organizational actors, should communicate, act, and relate. Join NBN host Lee Pierce (s/t) and editor/contributor Dr. Creshema Murray as they discuss Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Production, Presentation, and Power (Rowman and Littlefield,... Read More
Nicole Myers Turner, “Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia” (UNC Press,  2020)
In her nuanced case study of postemanciaption Virginia, Nicole Myers Turner, (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University) challenges assumptions regarding the intersection between black religion and politics in this “signal moment of political and cultural transformation in the African-American experience.”  Using traditional archival records from churches, political institutions... Read More
David Shimer, “Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference” (Knopf, 2020)
“The guard is tired.” With that simple phrase, the newly installed Bolshevik regime in Russia dismissed the duly elected Constituent Assembly in January 1918. And, one might say, so started Russia’s century-long interference in elections and electoral outcomes. In his new book Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of... Read More
Nicole Maurantonio, “Confederate Exceptionalism: Civil War Myth and Memory in the Twenty-First Century” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
In a time of contentious debate over Confederate monuments, Nicole Maurantonio (Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond) provides an intriguing look into how revisionist ideas of the Confederacy have seeped into mainstream culture. Based in Richmond, the former capital of the... Read More
M. A. Weitekamp and M. Delaney, “Smithsonian American Women” (Smithsonian Books, 2019)
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity and Vision from the National Collection (Smithsonian Book, 2019) is an inspiring and surprising celebration of U.S. women’s history told through Smithsonian artifacts illustrating women’s participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, military, politics, activism, and more. This... Read More
Grace Elizabeth Hale, “Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture” (UNC Press, 2020)
In Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture (University of North Carolina Press), Grace Elizabeth Hale tells the epic story of the Athens, Georgia music scene. Hale explains how a small college town hard to get to even from Atlanta gave rise to dozens of... Read More
A. P. Carnevale, “The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America” (The New Press, 2020)
Colleges fiercely defend America’s higher education system, arguing that it rewards bright kids who have worked hard. But it doesn’t actually work this way. As the recent bribery scandal demonstrates, social inequalities and colleges’ pursuit of wealth and prestige stack the deck in favor of the children of privilege. For... Read More
Joshua C. Myers, “We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989” (NYU Press, 2019)
We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 (NYU Press, 2019) is the first history of the 1989 Howard University protest. The three-day occupation of the university’s Administration Building was a continuation of the student movements of the sixties and a unique challenge to... Read More