New Books Network

Robert Ruck, “Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL” (The New Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Rob Ruck, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, and the author of Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL (The New Press, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the origins of football in American Samoa, the disproportionate... Read More
Mark Burford, “Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Mahalia Jackson, the great mid-twentieth century gospel singer, thought of herself as an embodiment of the history of African Americans in the United States. She understood that her family’s background, as they moved from enslavement in Louisiana to farming in the same rural area to New Orleans at the beginning... Read More
Miroslava Chávez-García, “Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” (UNC Press, 2018)
Miroslava Chávez-García is the author of Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2018. Migrant Longing is a history of migration, courtship, and identity across the U.S.-Mexican border, documenting the intimate lives of ordinary migrants and immigrants. Drawing on a... Read More
Larry E. Morris, “A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon” (Oxford UP, 2019)
The story of the creation of the Book of Mormon has been told many times, and often ridiculed. A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon (Oxford University Press, 2019), by Larry E. Morris, presents and examines the primary sources surrounding the origin of the foundational text of the Church of Jesus... Read More
Evdoxios Doxiadis, “State, Nationalism, and the Jewish Communities of Modern Greece” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)
How did minorities fit into the new Greek state during the country’s transition from imperial rule to national sovereignty? How did the relationship between Greece and its Jewish minorities, in particular, shift as definitions of national belonging expanded, shrunk, and transformed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? These are... Read More
Alex J. Kay, “The Making of an SS Killer: the Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Alex Kay’s The Making of an SS Killer: the Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) is a must read for those interested in the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and World War II.  Focusing on the actions and consequences of a “front-line Holocaust perpetrator”, Kay’s biography diverges... Read More
Alex Rosenblat, “Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work” (California UP, 2018)
What does uber tell us about work, labor management, and mobility in the post-financial crisis world? Uber’s success has been tied to its cultural resonance and on its ability to tell convincing stories about itself to drivers, passengers, and governments about what it is, who drivers are, and why they... Read More