New Books Network

Bruce Van Orden, “We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps” (BYU, 2018)
If you’re a Latter Day Saint, you’ve probably heard of W. W. Phelps, and no doubt, you’ve probably sung some of his hymns. But did you know that he printed the Book of Commandments and other early church works? Or that he was one of the “council of presidents” that... Read More
Joseph Vogel, “James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
By the 1980s, critics and the public alike considered James Baldwin irrelevant. Yet Baldwin remained an important, prolific writer until his death in 1987. Indeed, his work throughout the decade pushed him into new areas, in particular an expanded interest in the social and psychological consequences of popular culture and... Read More
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, “Pocahontas and the English Boys: Caught Between Cultures in Early Virginia” (NYU Press, 2019)
In Pocahontas and the English Boys: Caught Between Cultures in Early Virginia (New York University Press, 2019), Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Silver Professor of History Emerita at New York University, shifts the lens on the well-known narrative of Virginia’s founding to reveal the previously untold and utterly compelling story of the youths who,... Read More
Kurt Raaflaub, “The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works” (Pantheon, 2017)
That the Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar is so well remembered today for his achievements as a general is largely due to his skills as a writer. In The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works (Pantheon, 2017), the distinguished classics scholar Kurt Raaflaub provides readers with a new translation of... Read More
Kent Blansett, “A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and Red Power” (Yale UP, 2018)
Richard Oakes was a natural born leader whom people followed seemingly on instinct. Thus when he dove into the icy San Francisco Bay in the fall of 1969 on his way to Alcatraz Island, he knew others would have his back. Kent Blansett tells Richard Oakes’ story in wonderful detail... Read More
Richard Drake, “Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism” (Cornell UP, 2018)
During the first half of the 20th century the American historian Charles Austin Beard enjoyed both professional success and a national prominence that suffered with his outspoken opposition to the direction of foreign policy under Franklin Roosevelt. In Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism... Read More
Susan Carlile, “Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
Though not as well known today as some of her literary contemporaries, Charlotte Lennox wrote numerous works during the mid-18th century that won her critical acclaim and influenced subsequent generations of authors. In Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind (University of Toronto Press, 2018), Susan Carlile draws upon Lennox’s published works,... Read More