New Books Network

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
Joshua Sperber, “Consumer Management in the Internet Age: How Customers Became Managers in the Modern Workplace” (Lexington, 2019)
In Consumer Management in the Internet Age: How Customers Became Managers in the Modern Workplace (Lexington Books, 2019), Joshua Sperber analyzes online consumer management, a practice in which customers monitor, report on, and—sometimes unwittingly—discipline workers through writing and posting online reviews. Sperber uses case studies of the websites Yelp and Rate... Read More
Vicky Pryce, “Women vs. Capitalism: Why We Can’t Have It All in a Free Market Economy” (Hurst, 2019)
Free market capitalism has failed women, and even the recent progress that had been made in closing the gender wage gap has leveled off in many rich democracies. Vicky Pryce helps us understand the causes of this ongoing discrimination, the harm it does not just to women and their families... Read More
Louis Hyman, “Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary” (Viking, 2018)
It has become a truism that work has become less secure and more precarious for a widening swath of American workers. Why and how this has happened, and what workers can and should do about it, is the subject of a wide-ranging new book, Temp: How American Work, American Business,... Read More