New Books Network

Seth J. Frantzman, “After Isis: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East” (Gefen, 2019)
The enterprise of journalism is in crisis. Today’s journalists face accusations of “fake news” on the one hand, and harassment, arrest, and even the murder of reporters on the other. At the same time, we who rely on journalists for information, are constantly bombarded by breaking news. Confronted by video... Read More
Charlie Laderman, “Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2019), Charlie Laderman exposes the way that imperial ambitions suffused the ideas and practices of turn-of-century humanitarian intervention. Beginning his story in the late 19th century Ottoman Empire, Dr. Laderman demonstrates how... Read More
Keir Giles, “Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West” (Chatham House, 2019)
From Moscow, the world looks different. It is through understanding how Russia sees the world—and its place in it—that the West can best meet the new Russian challenge to the existing world order. Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West (Chatham House, 2019), by Chatham House Senior Russian... Read More
Jay Sexton, “A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History” (Basic Books, 2018)
A popular myth in the American nationalist imaginary is that the country has been on a continued path of progress. Another is that the country’s history has been the self-realization of the principles laid out in the Declaration of Independence. Jay Sexton says these are wrong. In fact, in his... Read More
Michael Kodas, “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)
In the 1980s, fires burned an average of two million acres per year. Today the average is eight million acres and growing. Scientists believe that we could see years with twenty million acres burned, an area larger than country of Ireland. Today I talked to Michael Kodas about the phenomenon... Read More
Belinda Stillion Southard, “How to Belong: Women’s Agency in a Transnational World” (Penn State UP, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Belinda Stillion Southard (she/hers)–Assoc. Prof. of Communication at the University of Georgia–on the illuminating new book, How to Belong: Women’s Agency in a Transnational World... Read More
Douglas Irwin, “Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Scholars of US history have treated trade policy in less than enthusiastic ways. One economic historian described tariffs as “extraordinarily uninteresting things unless related to the political events which give them meaning.” While another historian said the tariff has caused “narcolepsy” among his colleagues. One piece of evidence of this... Read More