New Books Network

William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, “Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture” (Fordham UP, 2020)
The neoliberal consensus, once thought to be undefeatable, seems to have been broken both in the wake of the fiscal crisis of 2008, as well as a series of surprise movements and elections throughout the world in the last several years. But many scholars argue that it remains alive and... Read More
Ian Wray, “No Little Plans: How Government Built America’s Wealth and Infrastructure” (Routledge, 2019)
Is planning for America anathema to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness? Is it true, as thinkers such as Friedrich Von Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand have claimed, that planning leads to dictatorship, that the state is economically  inefficient, and that prosperity is owed primarily to the workings... Read More
Safi Bahcall, “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries” (St. Martins, 2019)
Safi Bahcall‘s Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries (St. Martin’s Press, 2019) reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Bahcall, a physicist and entrepreneur,... Read More
Alice Hill, “Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Climate change impacts-more heat, drought, extreme rainfall, and stronger storms-have already harmed communities around the globe. Even if the world could cut its carbon emissions to zero tomorrow, further significant global climate change is now inevitable. Although we cannot tell with certainty how much average global temperatures will rise, we... Read More
H. Appel, S. Whitley, C. Kline, “The Power of Debt: Identity and Collective Action in the Age of Finance” (IID, 2019)
As the upcoming 2020 U.S. election finally brings questions of economic justice center stage, this episode discusses the powerful short open-source book The Power of Debt: Identity and Collective Action in the Age of Finance (Institute on Inequality and Democracy, 2019). The book was published by the Institute on Inequality... Read More
John Danaher, “Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work” (Harvard UP, 2019)
The future is a constant focus of anxiety, and we are all familiar with the pressures that come distinctively from automation – the transformation by which tasks formerly assigned to humans come to be performed by machines.  These days, the stakes seem to be higher, as technology now seems poised... Read More
Joshua Specht, “Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Why do Americans eat so much beef? In Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America (Princeton University Press, 2019), the historian Joshua Specht provides a history that shows how our diets and consumer choices remain rooted in nineteenth century enterprises. A century and half ago, he... Read More