New Books Network

James Carter, “Champions Day: The End of Old Shanghai” (Norton, 2020)
Shanghai’s status as a bustling, international place both now and in the past hardly needs much introduction, although the centrality of horse racing to the earlier incarnation of the city’s cosmopolitanism is less known. Taking activities at the erstwhile Shanghai Race Club as a lens through which to examine life... Read More
Linville Meadows, “A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from Addiction: A Physician’s Journey of Discovery” (The Meadows Farm, 2020)
Addiction occurs among physicians at the same rate as in the general population, about 10%. Unlike the general population, however, an intensive rehabilitation program, geared specifically for their profession, vastly improves their chances of finding long-term sobriety. Over 70% of these physicians will be clean and sober-and practicing medicine-five years... Read More
Edgardo Pérez Morales, “No Limits to Their Sway: Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions” (Vanderbilt UP, 2018)
In No Limits to Their Sway: Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018), Edgardo Pérez Morales investigates the hemispheric connections between the Spanish American colony of New Granada (or Colombia) and the greater Caribbean in the wake of the Haitian Revolution. Residents... Read More
Annelien de Dijn, “Freedom: An Unruly History” (Harvard UP, 2020)
We tend to think of freedom as something that is best protected by carefully circumscribing the boundaries of legitimate state activity. But who came up with this understanding of freedom, and for what purposes? In a reappraisal of more than two thousand years of thinking about freedom in the West,... Read More
Anais Angelo, “Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Anais Angelo, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Vienna has written an exceptional book entitled Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years (Cambridge University Press) in CUP’s prestigious African Studies Series. Angelo’s book analyses the little-studied institution of the Office of... Read More
Brian R. Dott, “The Chile Pepper in China: A Cultural Biography” (Columbia UP, 2020)
In China, chiles are everywhere. From dried peppers hanging from eaves to Mao’s boast that revolution would be impossible without chiles, Chinese culture and the chile pepper have been intertwined for centuries. Yet, this was not always the case. In The Chile Pepper in China: A Cultural Biography (Columbia University... Read More
Rachel M. Gillum, “Muslims in a Post-9/11 America” (U Michigan Press, 2018)
Muslims in a Post-9/11 America (University of Michigan Press, 2018) examines how public fears about Muslims in the United States compare with the reality of American Muslims’ attitudes on a range of relevant issues. While most research on Muslim Americans focuses on Arab Muslims, a quarter of the Muslim American... Read More
Shahrukh Khan, “Development Economics: A Critical Introduction” (Routledge, 2019)
Dr. Shahrukh Khan’s new textbook Development Economics: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2019) is a fantastic book for teachers and students trying to get into the field of development economics. Covering all the major topic in the field such as foreign direct investment, foreign aid, institutions and good governance, data collection,... Read More
Roman Deininger, “Markus Söder: The Shadow Chancellor” (Droemer Knauer, 2020)
Next year, Germany goes to the polls. For the first time in 15 years, Angela Merkel will not be a candidate for chancellor. Although a leadership election is underway inside Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, all eyes are on the CDU’s Bavarian sister party and its leader Markus Söder as her... Read More
Maurice S. Crandall, “These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912” (UNC Press, 2019)
Spanning three hundred years and the colonial regimes of Spain, Mexico, and the United States, Maurice S. Crandall’s These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912 (UNC Press, 2019) demonstrates how Indigenous communities implemented, subverted, rejected, and indigenized colonial ideologies of democracy, both to... Read More