New Books Network

Laura Alice Watt, “The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore” (U California Press, 2016)
“Wilderness,” “nature,” and their “preservation” are concepts basic to how the National Park Service organizes our relationship to American land. They are also contested concepts, geographer and environmental historian Laura Alice Watt shows in The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore (University of California... Read More
Douglas Sheflin, “Legacies of Dust: Land Use and Labor on the Colorado Plains” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
The “Dust Bowl” remains a mainstay in American history textbooks. When dust storms swept over the southern plains in the 1930s, they upended farming communities and left thousands of migrants in search of brighter horizons in the “Dirty Thirties.” The historian Douglas Sheflin takes a closer look at the Dust... Read More
Lina del Castillo, “Crafting a Republic for the World: Scientific, Geographic and Historiographic Inventions of Colombia” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
Lina del Castillo’s book explores scientific, geographic, and historiographic inventions in nineteenth-century Colombia. In this fascinating book, well-known figures of Colombia’s history (such as Francisco José de Caldas, and José María Samper) are cast under new light, while unexplored institutions such as the Instituto Caldas and the Colegio Militar are... Read More
Pankaj Sekhsaria, “Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story” (HarperCollins India, 2017)
One of the most consistent chroniclers of contemporary issues in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Pankaj Sekhsaria’s writings on the environment, wildlife conservation, development and indigenous communities have provided insights and perspective on the life of the islands for over two decades. Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story... Read More
Genevieve Carpio, “Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race” (U California Press, 2019)
In her new book, Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race (University of California Press, 2019), Professor Genevieve Carpio considers tensions around mobility and settlement in the 19th- and 20th-century American West, especially California’s Inland Empire. In this wide-ranging study, the first academic work to draw on... Read More
Matthew Edney, “Cartography: The Ideal and Its History” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Over the past four decades, the volumes published in the landmark History of Cartography series have both chronicled and encouraged scholarship about maps and mapping practices across time and space. As the current director of the project that has produced these volumes, Matthew H. Edney has a unique vantage point... Read More
Gregory H. Wolf, “Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison” (SABR, 2019)
Wrigley Field is one of a handful of sports stadiums to have transcended its athletic purpose to become a true American landmark. Nestled in its neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, the park may be a throwback to a bygone era of baseball, but a recent renovation has positioned... Read More