New Books Network

Rebecca Scofield, “Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West” (U Washington, 2019)
Rodeo is one of the indelible images of culture in the American West. The John Wayne-like cowboy tenaciously hanging on to the bucking bronc is a classic vision of what it means to be in the West. In Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West (University of Washington,... Read More
Pekka Hämäläinen, “Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power” (Yale UP, 2019)
The names of Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse are often readily recognized among many Americans. Yet the longer, dynamic history of the Lakota – a history from which these three famous figures were created – remains largely untold. In Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (Yale,... Read More
Lincoln A. Mitchell, “San Francisco Year Zero” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
1978 was the year that changed San Francisco forever, writes Lincoln A. Mitchell in San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third-Place Baseball Team (Rutgers University Press, 2019). After the long hangover from the heady 1960s and summer of love, San Francisco was, by the late ‘70s,... Read More
Roland De Wolk, “American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford” (U California Press, 2019)
With a name associated with the famous university in Palo Alto, Leland Stanford is among the best-known of the famous “robber barons” of the 19th century. Yet as Roland De Wolk explains in American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford (University of California Press, 2019), much of his fascinating... Read More
Serin D. Houston, “Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
In Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), the geographer Serin Houston complicates Seattle’s liberal and progressive reputation through a close ethnographic study of its urban governance. She sheds light on the institutional classism and racism and market-orientated thinking that pervades the decisions and practices... Read More
Thaisa Way, “The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag: From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design” (U Washington Press, 2019)
Today I talked to Thaïsa Way about her new book, The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag: From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design (University of Washington Press, 2019). Haag is best known for his rehabilitation of Gas Works Park in Seattle and for a series of remarkable gardens at the Bloedel... Read More
Timothy Lehman, “Up the Trail: How Texas Cowboys Herded Longhorns and Became an American Icon” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
In 1866, a sixteen year old cowboy—the name was literal in his case—named J.M. Daugherty bought 1,000 cattle, hired five cowboys, and headed north for Missouri. In Indian Territory, he took the long way around Cherokee land, to avoid paying them for crossing their lands. As Daugherty told it, some... Read More