New Books Network

Annelien de Dijn, “Freedom: An Unruly History” (Harvard UP, 2020)
We tend to think of freedom as something that is best protected by carefully circumscribing the boundaries of legitimate state activity. But who came up with this understanding of freedom, and for what purposes? In a reappraisal of more than two thousand years of thinking about freedom in the West,... Read More
Anais Angelo, “Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Anais Angelo, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Vienna has written an exceptional book entitled Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years (Cambridge University Press) in CUP’s prestigious African Studies Series. Angelo’s book analyses the little-studied institution of the Office of... Read More
Roman Deininger, “Markus Söder: The Shadow Chancellor” (Droemer Knauer, 2020)
Next year, Germany goes to the polls. For the first time in 15 years, Angela Merkel will not be a candidate for chancellor. Although a leadership election is underway inside Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, all eyes are on the CDU’s Bavarian sister party and its leader Markus Söder as her... Read More
David P. Kuhn, “The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution” (Oxford UP, 2020)
On the eve of the November 2020 presidential election, Americans often present increased polarization as the result of Trumpian extremism or America’s complex racial history but David Paul Kuhn’s The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution (Oxford UP, 2020) cautions Americans to... Read More
Zuraidah Ibrahim, “Rebel City: Hong Kong’s Year of Water and Fire” (World Scientific, 2020)
In June of 2019, a proposed amendment to Hong Kong’s Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, sparked widespread protests across the region. Protestors saw in the bill a threat to the judicial independence that Hong Kong has enjoyed since its return to China from the United Kingdom in 1997. The Special Administrative Region... Read More
Brian Eyler, “Last Days of the Mighty Mekong” (Zed Book, 2019)
The Mekong River is one of the world’s great rivers. From its source in the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau it snakes down through southern China and then borders or runs through all the countries of mainland Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Thailand, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam. Almost 70 million people depend either directly or... Read More
Alexander Keyssar, “Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?” (Harvard UP, 2020)
The title of Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar,’s new book poses the question that comes up every presidential election cycle: Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? (Harvard University Press, 2020). Keyssar presents the reader with a deep, layered, and complex analysis not only of the institution of the Electoral... Read More
Victor McFarland, “Oil Powers: A History of the US-Saudi Alliance” (Columbia UP, 2020)
The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is a critical feature of the modern international system. It binds the global hegemon to a region on the other side of the planet. And it has facilitated capitalist-led globalization. However, as both the US and and Saudi governments have tried... Read More
Kathryn Sikkink, “The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities” (Yale UP, 2020)
In her latest book, The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities (Yale University Press), Kathryn Sikkink puts forward a framework of rights and responsibilities; moving beyond the language of rights that has come to dominate scholarship and activism, she makes the case that human rights cannot be... Read More
Ben Burgis, “Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left” (Zero Books, 2019)
Logic, the study of how certain arguments either succeed or fail to support their conclusions, is one of the most important topics in philosophy, its importance illustrated by the common assumption that if one is being logical, they are probably right. However, the importance of logic has led to a... Read More