New Books Network

Jennifer Helgren, “American Girls and Global Responsibility: A New Relation to the World during the Early Cold War” (Rutgers UP, 2017)
In her book, American Girls and Global Responsibility: A New Relation to the World during the Early Cold War (Rutgers University Press, 2017), Jennifer Helgren traces the creation of a new internationalist girl citizenship in the first two decades following World War II by uncovering the activism of girls organizations... Read More
Brian A. Jackson, “Practical Terrorism Prevention” (RAND Corporation, 2019)
Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexamining U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence (RAND Corporation, 2019), examines past countering-violent-extremism (CVE) efforts, evaluates Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and interagency efforts to respond to ideological radicalization to violence, and recommends strengthening programs focused on non-law enforcement means to address... Read More
John Pat Leary, “Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism” (Haymarket Books, 2019)
John Pat Leary‘s Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism (Haymarket Books, 2019) chronicles the rise of a new vocabulary in the twenty-first century. From Silicon Valley to the White House, from kindergarten to college, and from the factory floor to the church pulpit, we are all called to be innovators... Read More
Timothy A. Sayle, “Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order” (Cornell UP, 2019)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization regularly appears in newspapers and political science scholarship. Surprisingly, historians have yet to devote the attention that the organization’s history merits. Timothy A. Sayle, an Assistant Professor of history at the University of Toronto, attempts to correct this. His fascinating new book, Enduring Alliance: A... Read More
James Miller, “Can Democracy Work?: A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World” (FSG, 2018)
In his book Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), James Miller encapsulates 2500 years of democracy history into about 250 pages — making the case that “people power” will always need to be at the heart... Read More
Jeremy Black, “War and its Causes” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)
Jeremy Black, professor of history at Exeter, is well-known as one of the most prolific of publishing historians. His latest book, War and its Causes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), returns to a subject upon which he has already published several ground-breaking contributions. With an argument that reflects recent work in... Read More
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, “How Democracies Die” (Crown, 2018)
Daniel Ziblatt has done a lot of interviews since the release of How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018) the bestselling book he co-wrote with Steven Levitsky. But we asked him a question he’d never gotten before — about a line toward the end of the book when he refers to democracy as “grinding work.” The... Read More