New Books Network

Michael Krona and Rosemary Pennington, “The Media World of ISIS” (Indiana UP, 2019)
From efficient instructions on how to kill civilians to horrifying videos of beheadings, no terrorist organization has more comprehensively weaponized social media than ISIS. Its strategic, multi-platformed campaign is so effective that it has ensured global news coverage and inspired hundreds of young people around the world to abandon their... Read More
Audrey Kurth Cronin, “Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Never have so many possessed the means to be so lethal. The diffusion of modern technology (robotics, cyber weapons, 3-D printing, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence) to ordinary people has given them access to weapons of mass violence previously monopolized by the state. In recent years, states have attempted to... Read More
David H. McIntyre, “How to Think about Homeland Security” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)
Today I talked to David H. McIntyre about How to Think about Homeland Security; Volume 1: The Imperfect Intersection of National Security and Public Safety and Volume 2: Risk, Threats, and the New Normal (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). The next evolution in improving homeland security is to analyze and evaluate... Read More
Eyal Mayroz, “Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
Why don’t governments do more to prevent genocide? What role does the public have in compelling their governments to take an active stand in the face of genocide? In Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur (Rutgers University Press, 2019), Eyal Mayroz approaches these questions and... Read More
Iain MacGregor, “Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth” (Scribner, 2019)
There is perhaps no more iconic symbol of the Cold War than the Berlin Wall, the 96-mile-long barrier erected around West Berlin in 1961 to stem the flow of refugees from Eastern Europe. In Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth (Scribner,... Read More
Stuart Schrader, “​Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing​” (U California Press, 2019)
Following World War II, in the midst of global decolonization and intensifying freedom struggles within its borders, the United States developed a worldwide police assistance program that aimed to crush left radicalism and extend its racial imperium. Although policing had long been part of the US colonial project, this new... Read More
Aurélie Basha i Novosejt, “I Made Mistakes: Robert McNamara’s Vietnam War Policy, 1960-1968 (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Speaking to an advisor in 1966 about America’s escalation of forces in Vietnam, American Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara confessed: ‘We’ve made mistakes in Vietnam … I’ve made mistakes. But the mistakes I made are not the ones they say I made’. In her book, ‘I Made Mistakes’: Robert... Read More