New Books Network

Eyal Mayroz, “Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
Why don’t governments do more to prevent genocide? What role does the public have in compelling their governments to take an active stand in the face of genocide? In Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur (Rutgers University Press, 2019), Eyal Mayroz approaches these questions and... Read More
Elizabeth Bernstein, “Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking and the Politics of Freedom” (U Chicago, 2018)
Jana Byars talks with Elizabeth Bernstein, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College about her newest book, Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking and the Politics of Freedom (University of Chicago, 2018). This book provides an overview of feminist discourse on sex trafficking from its earliest incarnations, through its... Read More
Michael Khodarkovsky, “Russia’s 20th Century: A Journey in 100 Histories” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Dissecting and digesting the history of the Soviet “experiment” can be a frustrating exercise for academics and a Sisyphean task for laymen; the endeavor demands scrutiny of the facts — and they are legion — but we must also grapple with the dystopian atmosphere and cruel indifference to human life, which... Read More
Pierre Asselin, “Vietnam’s American War: A History” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Do we need another book on the Vietnam War? Pierre Asselin, Dwight E. Stanford Chair in the History of US Foreign Relations at San Diego State University, thinks that we do. While he has already published A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (2002) and... Read More
Appeasement Eighty Years On
According to one dictionary definition, the term means: “to yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles”. Of course when one employs this term in a historical context, it is usually taken... Read More
Helen Rozwadowski, “Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans” (Reaktion Books, 2018)
Helen Rozwadowski talks about the history of the oceans and how these oceans have shaped human history in profound ways. Rozwadowski is a professor of history at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. She is the author of many books including Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans (Reaktion Books,... Read More
J. Yates and C. N. Murphy, “Engineering Rules: Global Standard Setting since 1880” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
Standards are crucial to the way we live—just look around you. A no. 2 pencil, perhaps? That arrived in an 8×8.5×20 shipping container? Standards allow your computer and smart phone to connect seamlessly with others. While it is clear that standards shape the material world we live in, someone decided... Read More