New Books Network

Martin Collins, “A Telephone for the World: Motorola, Iridium, and the Making of a Global Age” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
It’s easy to take for granted that one can pick up a cell phone and call someone on the other side of the planet. But, until very recently, this had been a mere dream. Martin Collins’ A Telephone for the World: Motorola, Iridium, and the Making of a Global Age... Read More
Derrick Spires, “The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
With talk about birthright citizenship and border walls running rampant in Trump’s America, there are many scholars reaching back to antebellum America to historically ground today’s citizens in debates from the past that hold relevance now. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Associate Professor of English Derrick Spires is one such scholar... Read More
Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, “Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom” (Palgrave, 2019)
Does publishing have a diversity problem? In Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, an associate professor at UCL’s Centre for Publishing lays bare the crisis of underrepresentation for British authors of colour. Focusing on the high profile, but also marginalised, Young... Read More
Dan Golding, “Star Wars after Lucas: A Critical Guide to the Future of the Galaxy” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
In 2012 George Lucas shocked the entertainment world by selling the Star Wars franchise, along with Lucasfilm, to Disney. This is the story of how, over the next five years, Star Wars went from near-certain extinction to the release of a new movie trilogy, two stand-alone films, and two animated series.... Read More
Nicholas Baer et al. “Unwatchable” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
We all have images that we find unwatchable, whether for ethical, political, or sensory and affective reasons. Yet what does it mean to proclaim something “unwatchable”: disturbing, revolting, poor, tedious, or literally inaccessible? With over 50 original essays by leading scholars, artists, critics, and curators, this is the first book to... Read More
Peter Daou, “Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far-Right Menace” (Melville House, 2019)
Democratic political adviser Peter Daou has long toggled between the world of presidential campaigns and online activism. He worked for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry in 2004 and Hillary Clinton in 2008, and he has built a large social media presence with which he wages battles for progressive causes.... Read More