New Books Network

Danell Jones, “An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor” (Hurst, 2018)
In 1919 a man named Ohlohr Maigi died of tuberculosis in London, in deep poverty. He had arrived over a decade before in the imperial capital bearing different name, seeking education, fame and fortune. Some of these he had found, but ultimately he had found much more adversity than success.... Read More
Harvard S. Heath, “Confidence Amid Change: The Presidential Diaries of David O. McKay, 1951-1970” (Signature Books, 2019)
The diaries of the ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are a collaboration between David O. McKay and his long-time secretary Clare Middlemiss. During the day Middlemiss would take dictation, attend meetings, handle correspondence, and listen to telephone conversations, making recordings and transcripts and taking... Read More
John West, “Dryden and Enthusiasm: Literature, Religion and Politics in Restoration England” (Oxford UP, 2018)
John Dryden is often regarded as one of the most conservative writers in later seventeenth-century England, a time-serving “trimmer” who abandoned his early commitments to the English Republic to become the poet laureate and historiographer royal of Charles II’s new regime. But, as this important new book demonstrates, Dryden never... Read More
Barbara K. Gold, “Perpetua: Athlete of God” (Oxford UP, 2018)
One of the first and most famous of Christian martyrs was Perpetua, who died in Carthage in the early 3rd century CE.  In her book Perpetua: Athlete of God (Oxford University Press, 2018), Barbara K. Gold analyzes the account of her sacrifice and draws upon the dual contexts of the... Read More
Erika Dyck, “Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018)
Today I talked with historian Erika Dyck about Aldous Huxley, Humphry Osmond and their correspondence over a ten year period. Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) is a collection of letters which were carefully curated by Erika and Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul... Read More
Linda M. Grasso, “Equal under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism” (U New Mexico Press, 2017)
Linda M. Grasso’s Equal under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe & Twentieth-Century Feminism (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) provides an in-depth look at O’Keeffe’s ambivalent relationship with feminism from her early beginnings as a New Woman of the 1910s, to the support she received from women to become a national... Read More
Stephen Fritz, “The First Soldier: Hitler as a Military Leader” (Yale UP, 2018)
In his new book, The First Soldier: Hitler as a Military Leader (Yale University Press, 2018), Stephen Fritz professor of history at East Tennessee State University reexamines Hitler as a military commander and strategist. That Hitler saw World War II as the only way to retrieve Germany’s fortunes and build... Read More