New Books Network

Paul Finkelman, “Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In this episode of the American Society for Legal History’s podcast Talking Legal History Siobhan talks with Paul Finkelman, President of Gratz College, about his book Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court (Harvard University Press, 2018). Finkelman is a specialist on the history of slavery and the law.... Read More
David Philip Miller, “The Life and Legend of James Watt” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2019)
For all of his fame as one of the seminal figures of the Industrial Revolution, James Watt is a person around whom many misconceptions congregate. In The Life and Legend of James Watt: Collaboration, Natural Philosophy, and the Improvement of the Steam Engine (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), David Philip... Read More
Andrew Wright Hurley, “Ludwig Leichhardt’s Ghosts: The Strange Career of a Traveling Myth” (Camden House, 2018)
Andrew Wright Hurley talks about the life and afterlife of the Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, a man whose reputation has shifted to reflect the changing cultures of Australia and Germany over the past 160 years. Hurley is an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the... Read More
Andrius Gališanka, “John Rawls: The Path to a Theory of Justice” (Harvard UP, 2019)
It is hard to overestimate the influence of John Rawls on political philosophy and theory over the last half-century. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and he is one of the few philosophers whose work is known in the corridors of power as well as in the halls... Read More
Amy Collier Artman, “The Miracle Lady: Kathryn Kuhlman and the Transformation of Charismatic Christianity” (Eerdmans, 2019)
On October 15, 1974, Johnny Carson welcomed his next guest on The Tonight Show with these words: “I imagine there are very few people who are not aware of Kathryn Kuhlman. She probably, along with Billy Graham, is one of the best-known ministers or preachers in the country.” But while many people... Read More
Ashley Robertson, “Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State” (The History Press, 2015)
Mary McLeod Bethune was often called the “First Lady of Negro America,” but she made significant contributions to the political climate of Florida as well. From the founding of the Daytona Literary and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls in 1904, Bethune galvanized African American women for change. She created... Read More
William F. Trimble, “John S. McCain and the Triumph of Naval Air Power” (Naval Institute Press, 2019)
The carrier task force—the symbolic and physical manifestation of the United States’ ability to project naval and air power across the globe—came of age during the Second World War. Fighting the Imperial Japanese Navy, and closely supporting General MacArthur’s and Admiral Nimitz’s island-hopping campaign, the carrier and its air wing... Read More