New Books Network

Kate Kirkpatrick, “Becoming Beauvoir: A Life” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Kate Kirkpatrick is a lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Culture at King’s College London and author of Becoming Beauvoir: A Life (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). Kirkpatrick has given us a biography that addresses the puzzle and contradictions of the life of the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, drawn from never-before-published diaries and... Read More
Katie Jarvis, “Politics in the Marketplace: Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France” (Oxford UP, 2019)
The king’s guards became increasingly nervous as they watched nearly 7,000 individuals march on Versailles on October 5, 1789. The crowd approaching the king’s chateau was overwhelmingly composed of women who were determined to make their grievances known. Furious at the ever rising price and scarcity of bread, Parisian market... Read More
Mark Braude, “The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba from Empire to Exile” (Penguin Press, 2018)
I must’ve been a kid when I first heard the palindrome “Able I was ere I saw Elba”. Napoleon didn’t mean a lot to me at the time. “Elba” meant even less. Decades later, I had learned a little more about Napoleon and his time there, but not that all... Read More
Susan Jaques, “The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession That Shaped An Empire” (Pegasus Books, 2018)
In her book, The Caesar of Paris:  Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession That Shaped An Empire (Pegasus Books, 2018), Susan Jaques offers up a richly detailed and researched account of Napoleon’s fascination with ancient Rome, and how this obsession shaped not only France in the early part of... Read More
Emma Kuby, “Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps After 1945” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Emma Kuby’s new book, Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps after 1945 (Cornell UP, 2019) traces the fascinating history of the International Commission Against the Concentration Camp Regime (CICRC) established in 1949 by the French intellectual and Nazi camp survivor David Rousset. In... Read More
Lisa Greenwald, “Daughters of 1968: Redefining French Feminism and the Women’s Liberation Movement” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
May ’68 marked a watershed moment in French society, culture, and political life. The feminist movement was no exception. Women took to the streets and meeting halls around the country, challenging outdated sexual standards, fighting for reproductive freedom, and articulating women’s oppression in radically new ways. In Daughters of 1968:... Read More
Stephen Alan Bourque, “Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France” (Naval Institute Press, 2018)
Did the Allied bombing plan for the liberation of France follow a carefully orchestrated plan, or was it executed on an ad-hoc basis with little concern or regard for collateral damage? How did the bombing of French cities and railheads follow – or disregard – existing air power doctrine, and... Read More