New Books Network

Blain Roberts, “Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Blain Roberts of California State University, Fresno, talks about intersections of race, identity, and memory in the South in a wide-ranging discussion that starts in the segregated beauty parlors of the Jim Crow era and ends with remembrances of slavery in modern-day Charleston, South Carolina. From the South’s pageant... Read More
Howard Jones, “My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness” (Oxford UP, 2017)
In his book My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness (Oxford UP, 2017), Dr. Howard Jones describes how on March 16th, 1968, several units of American soldiers descended upon a collection of small villages in Central Vietnam, now collectively known as My Lai. In the space of a... Read More
Brad Balukjian, “The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife” (U Nebraska Press, 2020)
Today we are joined by Brad Balukjian, author of the book The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife (University of Nebraska, 2020). A combination of Charles Kuralt and Lawrence Ritter, Balukjian’s work examines 14 baseball players pulled from a pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards.... Read More
Christian J. Koot, “A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake” (NYU Press, 2017)
Labels on a map: Surrey. Lower Norfolk. The Isle of Wight. Northumberland. Middlesex. Not a map England, but of the British colonies of Virginia and Maryland published in 1673. This is a map that proclaims empire: from the prominent royal arms, to the ships riding at anchor out in what... Read More
Kate Lockwood Harris, “Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses” (Oxford UP, 2019)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Kate Lockwood Harris (she/they)–Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota -on the courageous new book Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and... Read More
Michael Bobelian, “Battle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court” (Schaffner, 2019)
Michael Bobelian has written a history of the nomination of Abe Fortas to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1968. In Battle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court (Schaffner, 2019), he reminds us... Read More
R. Scott Huffard, Jr., “Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South” (UNC Press, 2019)
R. Scott Huffard Jr. is the author of Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. Engines of Redemption is a fascinating history of capitalism in the South, which tells the story of how railroads... Read More