New Books Network

Keneshia N. Grant, “The Great Migration and the Democratic Party” (Temple UP, 2020)
Keneshia N. Grant, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, at the beginning of her new book, The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century (Temple University Press, 2020), poses a question to consider in context of trying... Read More
Sonali Chakravarti, “Radical Enfranchisement in the Jury Room and Public Life” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
Sonali Chakravarti, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wesleyan University, has written a thoughtful analysis of the role of the jury in American democracy, with specific attention to the way that the jury experience can provide the structure for more substantive civic engagement. Part of the impetus for this study... Read More
Antony Dapiran, “City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong” (Scribe, 2020)
Hong Kong in 2019 was a city on fire. Anti-government protests, sparked by an ill-fated extradition bill sparked seven months of protest and civil unrest. Protestors clashed with police in the streets, in shopping malls, in residential buildings. Driven by Hong Kong’s young people with their ‘Be Water!’ strategy, the... Read More
Witold Szabłowski, “How to Feed a Dictator” (Penguin, 2020)
If you’re a despot, there are two people you can’t lie to, your doctor and your chef. This is one of the nuggets explained to me by Witold Szabłowski, author of How to Feed a Dictator: Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of... Read More
Abram Van Engen, “City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism” (Yale UP, 2020)
Abram Van Engen is an Associate Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. Van Engen’s research examines early American literature, the history of emotions, Puritanism, collective memory, and American Exceptionalism. His latest book is City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism (2020), published by Yale University... Read More
David A. Bateman, “Disenfranchising Democracy: Constructing the Electorate in the US, the UK, and France” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
David A. Bateman’s fascinating new book opens with a puzzle. In 19th-century America, why was mass democratization – abolishing property and tax qualifications – accompanied by the mass disenfranchisement of black, male citizens? The book highlights the importance of understanding democratization as both a process of extending political rights and... Read More
Ibrahim Fraihat, “Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict” (Edinburgh UP, 2020)
Ibrahim Fraihat’s latest book, Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) is much more than an exploration of the history of animosity between Saudi Arabia and Iran and its debilitating impact on an already volatile Middle East. It is a detailed roadmap for management and... Read More