New Books Network

Jonathan Barnett, “Designing the Megaregion: Meeting Urban Challenges at a New Scale” (Island Press, 2020)
The US population is estimated to grow by more than 110 million people by 2050, and much of this growth will take place where cities and their suburbs are expanding to meet the suburbs of neighboring cities, creating continuous urban megaregions. There are now at least a dozen megaregions in... Read More
Travis Lupick, “Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction” (Arsenal, 2018)
North America is in the grips of a drug epidemic; with the introduction of fentanyl, the chances of a fatal overdose are greater than ever, prompting many to rethink the war on drugs. Public opinion has slowly begun to turn against prohibition, and policy-makers are finally beginning to look at... Read More
Anna Bull, “Class, Control, and Classical Music” (Oxford UP, 2019)
What is the relationship between inequality and classical music? In Class, Control, and Classical Music (Oxford University Press, 2019), Anna Bull, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth and co-director of the 1752 Group, explores the intersections of class, race, and gender to explain the exclusive, and... Read More
Great Books: Denis Hollier on Lévi-Strauss’ “Tristes Tropiques”
Claude Lévi-Strauss’ Tristes Tropiques is one of the great books of the 20th century: intellectually bold, morally capacious, and it aims to understand nothing less than the elemental workings of the human mind. Ostensibly a travelogue and ethnographic account of a European’s fieldwork among indigenous people in mid-20th century Brazil,... Read More
Vincent Brown, “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War” (Harvard UP, 2020)
In the second half of the eighteenth century, as European imperial conflicts extended the domain of capitalist agriculture, warring African factions fed their captives to the transatlantic slave trade while masters struggled continuously to keep their restive slaves under the yoke. In this contentious atmosphere, a movement of enslaved West... Read More
Oliver Kaplan, “Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Reporters and scholars often focus on violence and victimization: “if it bleeds, it leads.” But unarmed civilians around the world often protect themselves against armed combatants using social processes to reduce the violence perpetrated against them. Oliver Kaplan’s case studies of Colombia – with extensions to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and... Read More
Carole Fink, “West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics and the Cold War” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In her new book, West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics and the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Carole Fink examines the relationship between West Germany and Israel. By the late 1960s, West Germany and Israel were moving in almost opposite diplomatic directions in a political environment dominated... Read More