New Books Network

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
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
Robert Samet, “Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, has been ranked as one of the most violent cities in the world. In Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Robert Samet undertakes ethnography with crime journalists on their reporting practices to offer a compelling argument about the relationship... Read More
B. L. Johnson and M. M. Quinlan, “You’re Doing it Wrong! Mothering, Media and Medical Expertise” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
New mothers face a barrage of confounding decisions during the life-cycle of early motherhood which includes… Should they change their diet or mindset to conceive? Exercise while pregnant? Should they opt for a home birth or head for a hospital? Whatever they “choose,” they will be sure to find plenty... Read More
Donald A. Barclay, “Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
Are you overwhelmed at the amount, contradictions, and craziness of all the information coming at you in this age of social media and twenty-four-hour news cycles? Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) will show you how to identify deceptive information as well as how to... Read More
Santiago Zabala, “Being at Large: Freedom in the Ago of Alternative Facts” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2020)
In recent years, questions around the nature of ​truth ​and ​facts have reentered public debate, often in discussions around journalistic bias, and whether politically neutral reporting is possible, or even desirable. Many pundits have tried to place blame for the increasingly slippery and fickle nature of truth in reporting on... Read More
Cailin O’Connor, “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread” (Yale UP, 2018)
The social dynamics of “alternative facts”: why what you believe depends on who you know Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite bad, even fatal, consequences for the people who hold them? In The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs... Read More
Alexander Zevin, “Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist” (Verso, 2019)
The Economist is a curious publication. It always takes a point of view (as opposed to the all-the-news-that’s-fit-to-print approach). It maintains a uniform voice (editors and writers are typically handpicked from the same elite British universities, and rarely are there author bylines). And it has lasted a long time, originating... Read More
Mallika Kaur, “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Punjab was the arena of one of the first major armed conflicts of post-colonial India. During its deadliest decade, as many as 250,000 people were killed. This book makes an urgent intervention in the history of the conflict, which to date has been characterized by a fixation on sensational violence—or... Read More
Christopher D. Bader, “Fear Itself: The Causes and Consequences of Fear in America” (NYU Press, 2020)
From moral panics about immigration and gun control to anxiety about terrorism and natural disasters, Americans live in a culture of fear. While fear is typically discussed in emotional or poetic terms—as the opposite of courage, or as an obstacle to be overcome—it nevertheless has very real consequences in everyday... Read More