New Books Network

Philip A. Craig, “The Bond of Grace and Duty in the Soteriology of John Owen” (Founders Press, 2020) 
Philip A. Craig’s new book on John Owen, the premier puritan theologian, demonstrates how carefully his subject tracked the influence of antinomianism in his writing. Craig’s book roots Owen’s ideas of conversion in Augustine and Calvin. The Bond of Grace and Duty in the Soteriology of John Owen (Founders Press,... Read More
A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 2: Value Theory
In this episode (# 2), we discuss Eisler’s early years as a member of the Jewish bourgeoisie in turn-of-the-century Vienna with historian Steven Beller. We also hear from the closest living relative of Robert Eisler, his grand-nephew Richard Regen. Philosopher Tom Hurka provides some background for understanding the arguments Eisler... Read More
Imre Salusinszky, “The Hilton Bombing: Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga” (Melbourne UP, 2019)
“Every morning of my life in the past few years I would wake with the thought, I’m a murderer. I have no right to enjoy life.” Evan Pederick speaking to psychiatrist William Barclay in prison about what lead him to confess to the Hilton bombing. In 1978, Evan Pederick, a... Read More
Nandini Patwardhan, “Radical Spirits: India’s First Woman Doctor and Her American Champions” (Story Artisan Press, 2020)
In 1883, a young woman named Anandi Joshi set out from her native India to the United States to study medicine. To do so, as Nandini Patwardhan describes in her book Radical Spirits: India’s First Woman Doctor and Her American Champions (Story Artisan Press, 2020) required overcoming numerous hurdles, which... Read More
Deepra Dandekar, “The Subhedar’s Son” (Oxford UP, 2019)
This book is a translation and study of The Subhedar’s Son (Oxford University Press, 2019), an award-winning Marathi biographical novel written in 1895 by Rev. Dinkar Shankar Sawarkar, who writes about his own father, Rev.Shankar Nana (1819-1884). Nana, a Brahmin, was among the early Christian converts of the Church Missionary... Read More
A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 1: Man into Wolf
In this episode, we discuss how I discovered Robert Eisler’s Man into Wolf: An Anthropological Interpretation of Sadism, Masochism, and Lycanthropy and unpack the book’s argument that modern humans are descended from primates who imitated the hunting practices and pack hierarchies of wolves during the scarcity of the ice age. We... Read More
Ana María Reyes, “The Politics of Taste: Beatriz González and Cold War Aesthetics” (Duke UP, 2019)
In The Politics of Taste: Beatriz González and Cold War Aesthetics (Duke University Press, 2019), Ana María Reyes examines the ways Colombian artist Beatriz González and Argentine-born art critic Marta Traba railed against international forms of modernism and promoted low brow or even provincial forms of art in the period of... Read More
Tanya Harmer, “Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America” (UNC Press, 2020)
Tanya Harmer’s new biography, Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), explores how a young Chilean woman pursued her political commitments and navigated patriarchal strictures as a militant leftist. The daughter of Salvador Allende, Beatriz Allende was born in 1942 and... Read More
Andrei Kushnir, “Epic Journey: Life and Times of Wasyl Kushnir” (Academic Studies Press, 2020)
In Epic Journey: Life and Times of Wasyl Kushnir (Academic Studies Press, 2020), Andrei Kushnir documents the story of his father, Wasyl Kushnir, who was born in the western part of Ukraine in 1923. The book is based on Wasyl Kushnir’s memoirs and it includes a number of photos that... Read More