New Books Network

Farhat Haq, “Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics” (Routledge, 2019)
Few doctrinal and political issues are more controversial in Pakistan today than that of blasphemy. In her excellent and engaging new book Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics (Routledge, 2019), Farhat Haq presents the history and present of blasphemy laws, debates, and politics in Pakistan, in a manner that... Read More
Richard Bell, “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
Richard Bell is the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, published by Simon & Schuster in 2019. Stolen tells the true story of how five young Black boys were kidnapped from Philadelphia in 1825. Dr. Bell recounts the boys’ journey as they... Read More
David Farber, “Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
A shattering account of the crack cocaine years from award-winning American historian David Farber, Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed (Cambridge University Press, 2019) tells the story of the young men who bet their lives on the rewards of selling ‘rock’ cocaine, the people who gave... Read More
Joshua Tallis, “The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Security” (Naval Institute Press, 2019)
In his new book The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Security (Naval Institute Press, 2019), Joshua Tallis uses the “broken windows” theory of policing to reexamine the littorals, developing a multidimensional view of the maritime threat environment. With a foundational case study of the Caribbean, Tallis explores... Read More
Eric D. Weitz, “A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Who has the right to have rights? Motivated by Hannah Arendt’s famous reflections on the question of statelessness the book tells a non-linear global story of the emergence and transformations of human rights in the age of nation-states. In his new book A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human... Read More
Lucas Richert, “Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs” (McGill-Queens UP, 2019)
Strange Trips isn’t only the title of Dr. Lucas Richert’s new book; it’s also a good description of the journey substances take from the black market to the doctor’s black bag—and, sometimes, back to the black market again. In Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs (McGill-Queens University... Read More
Matthew Hitt, “Inconsistency and Indecision in the United States Supreme Court” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
The United States Supreme Court operates to resolve disputes among lower courts and the other branches of government, allowing elected officials, citizens, and businesses to act without legal uncertainty. Yet a Court that prioritizes resolving many disputes sometimes will produce contradictory opinions or fail to provide a rationale for its... Read More