New Books Network

David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe, “Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America” (UC Press, 2020)
It seems unthinkable that citizens of one of the most powerful nations in the world must risk their lives and livelihoods in the search for access to necessary health care. And yet it is no surprise that in many places throughout the United States, getting an abortion can be a... Read More
Russell A. Newman, “The Paradoxes of Network Neutralities” (MIT Press, 2019)
Three years after the withdrawal of the Open Internet Order – then-President Barack Obama’s attempt at codifying network neutrality by prohibiting internet service providers from discriminating between content – by the Federal Communications Commission, a need to holistically understand the net neutrality debates still exists. How can we make sense... Read More
SpearIt, “American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam” (First Edition Design, 2017)
America has the largest incarcerated population in the world. This staggering and troubling fact has driven a great deal of scholarship. Much of this research has shown that mass incarceration in America is facilitated by systemic racial discrimination, which disproportionately affects African-American and Latinx communities. Only recently have scholars focused... Read More
Gregory P. Downs, “The Second American Revolution” (UNC Press, 2019)
Much of the confusion about a central event in United States history begins with the name the “Civil War.” In reality, the Civil War was not merely civil–meaning national–and not merely a war, but instead an international conflict of ideas as well as armies. Its implications transformed the U.S. Constitution... Read More
Leah Stokes, “Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Why do even successful clean energy policies fail to create momentum for more renewable energy? In her new book Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States (Oxford University Press, 2020), Leah Stokes analyzes policy-making in Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and... Read More
Daniel Denvir, “All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It” (Verso, 2020)
It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. After all, here was a president who organized his campaign around a rhetoric of unvarnished racism and xenophobia. Among his first acts on taking office was to issue an executive order blocking Muslim... Read More
James M. Banner, Jr., “Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today” (The New Press, 2019)
What standard should be used to assess presidential misconduct during the Trump presidency? How should the public, press, Congress, and bureaucracy resist and punish executive misconduct? Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today (The New Press, 2019) insists we must look back to look forward. The book provides a comprehensive... Read More