New Books Network

Tamar Herzig, “A Convert’s Tale: Art, Crime, and Jewish Apostasy in Renaissance Italy” (Harvard UP, 2019)
On this episode of New Books in History, Jana Byars talks with Tamar Herzig, Professor of History at Tel Aviv University, the Director of Tel Aviv University’s Morris E Curiel Institute for European Studies, and as the Vice Chairperson of the Historical Society of Israel about her new book, A... Read More
Marion Bower, “The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: Freud, Klein and Female Sexuality” (Routledge, 2018)
Joan Riviere (1883-1962) is best known for her role in promoting the ideas of others. She came to prominence in the world of psychoanalysis as Freud’s favorite translator and Melanie Klein’s earliest and most loyal supporter. In her new book The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: Freud, Klein and... Read More
Crawford Gribben, “An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian Vision for Every Stage of Life” (Crossway, 2020)
Though theology is often regarded as dealing primarily with abstract issues of belief, the prolific 17th-century English Puritan John Owen focused much of his attention on the role of Christian faith in one’s everyday life. In his book An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian Vision for Every Stage of... Read More
Alicia Turner, “The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Buddhism has always been a world religion, but its popularity in the West really dates only from the late nineteenth century, when much of the Buddhist world was subject to European colonial rule. Of all those Westerners who became interested in, and sought to promote Buddhism at this time, perhaps... Read More
Charisse Burden-Stelly, “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History” (ABC-CLIO, 2019)
Why is the scholarship and advocacy work of W.E.B. Du Bois so relevant for 21st century politics? Does his unique combination of both serve as a possible template for today’s freedom movements? Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly (assistant professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College and 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar... Read More
Victoria de Grazia, “The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy” (Harvard UP, 2020)
In her new book, The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy (Belknap Press), Dr. Victoria de Grazia takes the story of Attilio Teruzzi and explores the social history of fascism. When Attilio Teruzzi, Mussolini’s handsome political enforcer, married a rising young American opera star, his... Read More
J. E. Zelizer, “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party” (Penguin, 2020)
Nearly everyone in the United States is aware of the fiery rhetoric and divisive political stratagems of Donald Trump and the contemporary Republican party. What many people forget, however, is that Trump is not the first Republican to rise to power by pushing incendiary policies and destroying opponents. Julian E.... Read More
Thomas A. Schwartz, “Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography” (Hill and Wang, 2020)
Over the past six decades, Henry Kissinger has been America’s most consistently praised–and reviled–public figure. He was hailed as a “miracle worker” for his peacemaking in the Middle East, pursuit of détente with the Soviet Union, negotiation of an end to the Vietnam War, and secret plan to open the... Read More
A. Meleagrou-Hitchens, “Incitement: Anwar al-Awlaki’s Western Jihad” (Harvard UP, 2020)
Anwar al-Awlaki was, according to one of his followers, “the main man who translated jihad into English.” By the time he was killed by an American drone strike in 2011, he had become a spiritual leader for thousands of extremists, especially in the United States and Britain, where he aimed... Read More
A Discussion with J. T. Roane on Writing African American Lives
Welcome to New Books in African American Studies, a channel on the New Books Network. I am your host, Adam McNeil. Today on the podcast I have the honor of chatting with a good friend, Dr. J. T. Roane, assistant professor of African and African American Studies in the School... Read More