New Books Network

Jay Weiner, “Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota’s Greatest Public Historian” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
In his latest book, journalist Jay Weiner details the extraordinary life of Professor Hy Berman. Written as an autobiography co-authored by Weiner, Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota’s Greatest Public Historian (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) captures the eloquent, profound, and often humorous voice of one of Minnesota’s most... Read More
Nancy Sinkoff, “From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History” (Wayne State UP, 2020)
From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (Wayne State University Press, 2020)  is the first comprehensive biography of Dawidowicz (1915-1990), a pioneer historian in the field that is now called “Holocaust Studies.” Dawidowicz was a household name in the postwar... Read More
Alan Taylor, “Thomas Jefferson’s Education” (W. W. Norton, 2019)
Alan Taylor is the author of Thomas Jefferson’s Education published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2019. Thomas Jefferson’s Education tells the story of how Jefferson’s vision for educating the next generations of American came to be. Taking readers through Virginia’s, at time struggling, educational infrastructure, Taylor shows how... Read More
Elizabeth Goldring, “Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist” (Yale UP, 2019)
Limning – the painting of miniature portraits – was an important art form in 16th-century Europe. Among its greatest practitioners was Nicholas Hilliard, who enjoyed an international reputation for his skill in crafting the finely wrought images. In Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist (Yale University Press, 2019), Elizabeth Goldring... Read More
John Hardman, “Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen” (Yale UP, 2019)
Who was the real Marie-Antoinette? She was mistrusted and reviled in her own time, and today she is portrayed as a lightweight incapable of understanding the events that engulfed her. In this new account, Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen (Yale University Press, 2019), acclaimed historian of 18th-century French... Read More
Alfred S. Posamentier, “Math Makers: The Lives and Works of 50 Famous Mathematicians” (Prometheus, 2020)
Today I talked to Alfred S. Posamentier, a co-author (with Christian Spreitzer) of Math Makers: The Lives and Works of 50 Famous Mathematicians (Prometheus, 2020). This charming book is more than just mathematics, because mathematicians are not just makers of mathematics. They are human beings whose life stories are often... Read More
Larry Wolff, “Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe” (Stanford UP, 2020)
At the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where the victorious Allied powers met to reenvision the map of Europe in the aftermath of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson’s influence on the remapping of borders was profound. But it was his impact on the modern political structuring of Eastern Europe that... Read More