New Books Network

María Cristina García, “The Refugee Challenge in Post-Cold War America” (Oxford UP, 2017)
“Never again!” This was the rallying cry, seemingly universal and unanimous, among liberal nation-states as they formed the United Nations (UN) in 1945 and later signed the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948. Emerging from the... Read More
Abraham Newman and Henry Farrell, “Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security” (Princeton UP, 2019)
We live in an interconnected world. People, goods, and services leap across borders like never before. Terrorist organizations, like al-Qaida, and digital platforms, like Facebook, have gone global. But, if problems straddle different national jurisdictions, how do regulation and enforcement even happen? Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over... Read More
Jeremy Black, “Military Strategy: A Global History” (Yale UP, 2020)
Jeremy Black, professor of history at Exeter University, is one of the most insightful historians of military strategy from early modernity to the present day. In his most recent book, Military Strategy: A Global History (Yale University Press, 2020), he sets out to demonstrate the ways in which strategic thinking... Read More
Sara E. Davies, “Containing Contagion: The Politics of Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
At the start of 2020 few of us would have recognized the face of the current director general of the World Health Organization. Three months later, and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic he and other senior WHO officials appear on television and online almost daily, exhorting governments around... Read More
Max Blumenthal, “The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump” (Verso, 2019)
In The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump (Verso, 2019), Max Blumenthal excavates the real, connected story behind the rise of Donald Trump, international jihad, Western ultra-nationalism and the many extremist forces that threaten peace across the globe:... Read More
Kelly McFall on Using “Reacting to the Past” in College Courses
How best to teach history and, for that matter any social science subject, to college students? The traditional answer has been to lecture them. Given that the typical length of an attentive lecture-listener is about 15 minutes, this might not be the best way to get the job done. Beginning... Read More
Oliver Kaplan, “Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Reporters and scholars often focus on violence and victimization: “if it bleeds, it leads.” But unarmed civilians around the world often protect themselves against armed combatants using social processes to reduce the violence perpetrated against them. Oliver Kaplan’s case studies of Colombia – with extensions to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and... Read More
Carole Fink, “West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics and the Cold War” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In her new book, West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics and the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Carole Fink examines the relationship between West Germany and Israel. By the late 1960s, West Germany and Israel were moving in almost opposite diplomatic directions in a political environment dominated... Read More
Christine Fair, “In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The attacks on the luxurious Taj Hotel in Mumbai in 2008 put Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a jihadist terrorist group, in the international / Western spotlight for the first time, though they had been deadly active in India and Afghanistan for decades. In her book In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (Oxford University... Read More