New Books Network

Creshema R. Murray, “Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Production, Presentation, and Power” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Television informs our perceptions and expectations of leaders and offers a guide to understanding how we, as organizational actors, should communicate, act, and relate. Join NBN host Lee Pierce (s/t) and editor/contributor Dr. Creshema Murray as they discuss Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Production, Presentation, and Power (Rowman and Littlefield,... Read More
Ahmed El-Shamsy, “Rediscovering the Islamic Classics” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Ahmed El-Shamsy’s Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2020) is an astonishing scholarly feat that presents a detailed, sophisticated, and thoroughly enjoyable intellectual and social history of the modern publishing industry on what we today consider canonical books of Islamic... Read More
Greg Burris, “The Palestinian Idea: Film, Media, and the Radical Imagination” (Temple UP, 2019)
Is there a link between the colonization of Palestinian lands and the enclosing of Palestinian minds? The Palestinian Idea: Film, Media, and the Radical Imagination (Temple University Press, 2019) argues that it is precisely through film and media that hope can occasionally emerge amidst hopelessness, emancipation amidst oppression, freedom amidst apartheid.... Read More
Doron Galili, “Seeing by Electricity: The Emergence of Television, 1878-1939” (Duke UP, 2020)
With the burst of new technologies in the 1870s, many inventors and visionaries believed that the transmission of moving images was just around the corner. As Doron Galili details in his book Seeing by Electricity: The Emergence of Television, 1878-1939 (Duke University Press, 2020), the half-century of speculations that followed... Read More
Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke, “Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk” (Oxford UP, 2020)
College courses in Ethics tend to focus on theories of the moral rightness or wrongness of actions.  This emphasis sometimes obscures the fact that morality is a social project: part of what makes a decent and stable society possible is that we uphold standards of conduct.  We call out bad... Read More
James M. Lundberg, “Horace Greeley: Print, Politics, and the Failure of American Nationhood” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
During his nearly four decades as a newspaper editor and politician, Horace Greeley embraced a range of controversial causes. In his book Horace Greeley: Print, Politics, and the Failure of American Nationhood (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019), James M. Lundberg finds within his seemingly contradictory positions a consistent belief in the... Read More
D. Conley and J. Eckstein, “Cookery: Food Rhetorics and Social Production” (U Alabama Press, 2020)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (s/t) interviews editors Donovan Conley and Justin Eckstein about their new book Cookery: Food Rhetorics and Social Production (University of Alabama Press, 2020), which explores the rhetoric of contemporary food production and consumption with a focus on social boundaries.... Read More
Alejandra Bronfman, “Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean” (UNC Press, 2016)
The Caribbean has figuratively and literally been entangled in processes of global integration earlier than other parts of the Americas. In Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (UNC Press, 2016), Alejandra Bronfman offers a refreshing perspective to this well-trodden story. In this book, she traces the emergence and growth... Read More
Leticia Bode et al., “Words That Matter: How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign” (Brookings, 2020)
The research in Words That Matter: How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign (Brookings Institution Press, 2020) traces the transmission of information from candidates and events on the campaign trail through news stories in traditional media, these media stories are then transmitted through the prism of... Read More