New Books Network

Lauren Working, “The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In his Relation of the second voyage to Guiana, published in 1596, George Chapman put the imperial ambitions of England into a telling verse couplet. ‘Riches, and Conquest, and Renowne I sing. / Riches with honour, Conquest without bloud’. For the metropolitan gentlemen of early 17th-century London, the colonising project... Read More
Astrid M. Eckert, “West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands” (Oxford UP, 2019)
How did the Iron Curtain shape the Federal Republic of Germany? How did the internal border become a proving ground for rival ideologies? West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands (Oxford University Press 2019) explores these battles in the most sensitive geographic spaces of... Read More
Tad DeLay, ​”Against: What Does the White Evangelical Want?”​ (Cascade Books, 2019)
What does the white evangelical want? In our moment of crisis and rage, this question is everywhere. Scholars ask from where its desires emerged, pundits divine its political future, and the public asks how we lapsed into social chaos. For their part, white evangelicals feel misunderstood while failing to see... Read More
Ariel Mae Lambe, “No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War” (UNC Press, 2019)
Ariel Mae Lambe’s new book No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) is a history of transnational Cuban activists who mobilized in the mid-1930s to fight fascism both in Cuba and beyond. A wide variety of civic and political... Read More
James M. Banner, Jr., “Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today” (The New Press, 2019)
What standard should be used to assess presidential misconduct during the Trump presidency? How should the public, press, Congress, and bureaucracy resist and punish executive misconduct? Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today (The New Press, 2019) insists we must look back to look forward. The book provides a comprehensive... Read More
Andrew Marble, “Boy on the Bridge: The Story of John Shalikashvili’s Remarkable Success” (UP of Kentucky, 2019)
When President Bill Clinton nominated John Shalikashvili to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993, it represented the climax of a long journey that began in waning days of the Second World War. In Boy on the Bridge: The Story of John Shalikashvili’s Remarkable Success (University... Read More
Brian Cervantez, “Amon Carter: A Lone Star Life” (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)
Raised in a one-room log cabin in a small North Texas town, Amon G. Carter (1879–1955) rose to become the founder and publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a seat of power from which he relentlessly promoted the city of Fort Worth, amassed a fortune, and established himself as the... Read More