New Books Network

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, “Aerial Imagination in Cuba: Stories from Above the Rooftops” (Routledge, 2019)
In her new book Aerial Imagination in Cuba: Stories from Above the Rooftops (Routledge, 2019), Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier looks up at the sky, and from there she begins her stories about wifi, pigeons, cacti, the lottery and congas. This dense and surprising ethnography considers the everyday lives of Cubans as they... Read More
Matthew D. O’Hara, “The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico” (Yale UP, 2018)
Latin America – especially colonial Latin America – is not particularly known for futurism.  For popular audiences, the region’s history likely evokes images of book burning, the Inquisition, and other symbols of orthodoxy and fatalism.  Specialists too tend to associate Latin America with a deep sense of historicism:  the weight... Read More
Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, “Nature, Empire, And Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World” (Stanford UP, 2006)
In the late 1500s, the mines of Potosí –a mountain in southern Bolivia — produced 60% of the world’s silver. It was a place of great wealth and terrible suffering. It is also a place, Jorge Canizares-Esguerra argues, that challenges the very idea of the Scientific Revolution. Canizares-Esguerra discusses Potosí... Read More
C. J. Alvarez, “Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US-Mexico Divide” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Recent debates over the building of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico divide have raised logistical and ethical issues, leaving the historical record of border building uninvoked. A recent book, written by UT Austin professor Dr. C.J.  Alvarez, offers an over one-hundred-year history that extends to before the building of... Read More
Benjamin Breen, “The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade” (U Penn Press, 2019)
In Benjamin Breen‘s The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), we are transported back to a time when there was no such thing as “recreational” and “medicinal” drugs. People ate Egyptian mummies. Tobacco apparently cured cancer. And the book has many more... Read More
Lennox Honychurch, “In the Forests of Freedom: The Fighting Maroons of Dominica” (UP Mississippi, 2017)
Maroons—enslaved Africans who escaped and formed autonomous communities—dominated Dominica’s hilly interior for centuries. Dominica’s unusual history of a relatively brief period of colonization and few sugar plantations shaped a history of Maroon life very different from the more familiar experiences of Jamaican Maroons. Here they were able to exploit differences... Read More
Joshua Simon, “The Ideology of the Creole Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Joshua Simon’s The Ideology of the Creole Revolution: Imperialism and Independence in American and Latin American Political Thought published by Cambridge University Press in 2017, compares the political thought of three Creole revolutionary leaders: Alexander Hamilton, Simón Bolívar and Lucas Alamán. By doing so, Simon brings together the intellectual histories... Read More