New Books Network

David Kettler and Thomas Wheatland, “Learning From Franz L. Neumann” (Anthem Press, 2019)
Franz Neumann was a member of a generation that saw the end of the Kaiserreich and the beginnings of a democratic republic carried by the labor movement. In Neumann’s case, this involved a practical and professional commitment, first, to the trade union movement and, second, to the Social Democratic Party... Read More
Great Books: Maureen McLane on Wordsworth’s Poetry
The British romantic poet William Wordsworth is best known for his moving evocations of nature, his celebration of childhood, and his quest to find a shared humanity in his poetry. He’s also widely considered the first modern poet because he turns his experiences, memories, and the workings of his mind... Read More
Thomas Piketty, “Capital and Ideology” (Harvard UP, 2020)
It seems easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to some weakness in our imaginations – Fredric Jameson, The Seeds of Time Thomas Piketty, the French economist, was dubbed the modern Marx by... Read More
Nicola Lacey, “In Search of Criminal Responsibility: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions” (Oxford UP, 2016)
In her latest book, In Search of Criminal Responsibility: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2016), Nicola Lacey brings together philosophical, historical and socio-legal methods to give an account of the ever changing notion of responsibility in criminal law. She distinguishes between ideas of responsibility, which she argues are... Read More
Great Books: Nicholas Johnson on Samuel Beckett
“Another heavenly day” is the opening line of Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days (1961), where Winnie sits buried to her waist in sand, with her husband Willie stuck a few feet away from her … but language, memory, and consciousness are not all she has. Beckett’s plays, novels, poetry, radio... Read More
Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, “The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In his new book, The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Gavriel D. Rosenfeld reveals, for the first time, these postwar nightmares of a future that never happened and explains what they tell us about Western political, intellectual, and... Read More
Shadaab Rahemtullah, “Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Shadaab Rahemtullah‘s book Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam (Oxford University Press, 2017) offers a compelling comparative analysis of the works of four Muslim scholars of Islam – Asghar Ali Engineer, Farid Esack, Amina Wadud, and Asma Barlas. The book serves as an excellent introduction... Read More
Great Books: Denis Hollier on Lévi-Strauss’ “Tristes Tropiques”
Claude Lévi-Strauss’ Tristes Tropiques is one of the great books of the 20th century: intellectually bold, morally capacious, and it aims to understand nothing less than the elemental workings of the human mind. Ostensibly a travelogue and ethnographic account of a European’s fieldwork among indigenous people in mid-20th century Brazil,... Read More