New Books Network

Alanna O’Malley, “The Diplomacy of Decolonisation: America, Britain, and the United Nations during the Congo Crisis, 1960-1964” (Manchester UP, 2020)
In the summer of 1960, the Republic of the Congo won its independence from Belgium. Only one week later, however, Belgium had already dispatched paratroopers into the country and the Congolese government was appealing to the United Nations to intervene and protect Congolese sovereignty. The ensuing crisis, as Alanna O’Malley... Read More
François Clemmons, “Officer Clemmons: A Memoir” (Catapult, 2020)
In Officer Clemmons: A Memoir (Catapult, 2020), François Clemmons tells the story of how he became the first ever African-American recurring character on a children’s television when he took on the role of the friendly police officer in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. But this book is more than a behind-the-scenes show... Read More
Gerarldo Cadava, “The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump” (Ecco, 2020)
In the lead-up to every election cycle, pundits predict that Latino Americans will overwhelmingly vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. And it’s true—Latino voters do tilt Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in a “landslide,” Barack Obama “crushed” Mitt Romney among Latino voters in his reelection, and, four... Read More
Anya Jabour, “Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women’s Activism in Modern America” (U Illinois Press, 2019)
Sophonisba Breckinridge’s remarkable career stretched from the Civil War to the Cold War. She took part in virtually every reform campaign of the Progressive and New Deal eras and became a nationally and internationally renowned figure. Her work informed women’s activism for decades and continues to shape progressive politics today.... Read More
Thomas C. Rust, “Watching over Yellowstone: The US Army’s Experience in America’s First National Park, 1886–1918” (UP of Kansas, 2020)
When, in 1883, Congress charged the US Army with managing Yellowstone National Park, soldiers encountered a new sort of hostility: work they were untrained for, in a daunting physical and social environment where they weren’t particularly welcome. When they departed in 1918, America   had a new sort of serviceman: the... Read More
Robert T. Chase, “We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America” (UNC Press, 2020)
In this episode, Siobhan talks with Robert T. Chase about his book, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America (UNC Press, 2020). In the early twentieth century, the brutality of southern prisons became a national scandal. Prisoners toiled in grueling, violent conditions while housed... Read More
Sam Roberts, “A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
In his new book A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis (Bloomsbury, 2019), New York Times correspondent Sam Roberts tells the story of the city through bricks, glass, wood, and mortar, revealing why and how it evolved into the nation’s biggest and... Read More
Michael Goldfield, “The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The golden key to understanding the last 75 years of American political development, the eminent labor relations scholar Michael Goldfield argues, lies in the contests between labor and capital in the American South during the 1930s and 1940s. Labor agitation and unionization efforts in the South in the New Deal... Read More
A. de la Fuente and A. J. Gross, “Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
How did Africans become ‘blacks’ in the Americas? Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Cambridge University Press, 2020) tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones.... Read More