New Books Network

Laura J. Arata, “Race and the Wild West” (U Oklahoma Press, 2020)
After Laura Arata first visited Virginia City, Montana in graduate school, she became fascinated by the story of one historical figure—Sarah Bickford, a former slave, who migrated to this frontier, mining town in the late 1860s, and became a prominent business owner who promoted tourism at the site of a... Read More
Adriaan C. Neele, “Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706): Text, Context, and Interpretation” (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2020)
Adriaan Neele, who is director of the doctoral programme and Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has edited an outstanding collection of essays on Petrus van Mastricht. This new book, Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706): Text, Context, and Interpretation (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2020), combines work by new and well-established... 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
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
Jody A. Forrester, “Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary” (Odyssey Books, 2020)
It is 1969 and Jody A. Forrester is in her late teens, transitioning from a Sixties love child to pacifist anti-Vietnam War activist to an ardent revolutionary. Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary (Odyssey Books) revolves around her three years in the Revolutionary Union, a Communist organization... Read More
Anne García-Romero, “The Fornes Frame” (U Arizona Press, 2016)
In The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes (University of Arizona Press, 2016) playwright and theatre scholar Anne García-Romero traces the career and legacy of Maria Irene Fornes. Fornes was one of the most significant American playwrights of the twentieth century, and her legacy... Read More
Meg Heckman, “Political Godmother: Nackey Scripps Loeb and the Newspaper That Shook the Republican Party” (Potomac Books, 2020)
Despite her nearly two decades as the publisher of the largest newspaper in a politically pivotal state, the role of Nackey Scripps Loeb in American political and media history has been unjustly forgotten. In Political Godmother: Nackey Scripps Loeb and the Newspaper That Shook the Republican Party (Potomac Books, 2020),... Read More
Postscript: Shirley Chisholm as Principled Political Strategist
“I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States of America. “I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. “I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am... Read More
Audrey Truschke, “Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India’s Most Controversial King” (Stanford UP, 2017)
For many, the history of the Mughal empire looms heavy over contemporary South Asian social imaginaries. The lightning rod figure within modern day myths about the past is the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (1618-1707). Some think of him as a violent Muslim fanatic who went out of his way to oppress... Read More
Joanna Stingray, “Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground” (Doppelhouse Press, 2020)
Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground (Doppelhouse Press, 2020) is Joanna Stingray’s autobiographical account of her time on the underground music scene in the USSR and Russia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During this time Joanna met and worked with some of the most important... Read More