New Books Network

Stephen F. Knott, “The Lost Soul of the American Presidency” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
In this latest book, Stephen F. Knott continues his extensive research of the American presidency, from the Founders’ concept of the office to the current office holder. In The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal (University of Kansas Press, 2019), Knott guides... Read More
Alison Rowley, “Putin Kitsch in America” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2019)
In her book, Putin Kitsch in America (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019), Alison Rowley examines the outsized influence that Vladimir Putin, both the man and the myth, have had on US political discourse in the last decade. Starting with the 2008 election, Rowley demonstrates how Putin’s frontier masculinity–best illustrated by the... Read More
Chris Arnade, “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America” (Sentinel, 2019)
A lot of politicians like to say that there are “two Americas,” but do any of them know what life is really like for the marginalized poor? We speak with journalist and photographer, Chris Arnade, about the forgotten towns and people of back row America. In 2011, Chris left a... Read More
R. Muirhead and N. L. Rosenblum, “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy” (Princeton UP, 2019)
From Pizzagate to Jeffrey Epstein, conspiracies seem to be more prominent than ever in American political discourse. What was once confined to the pages of supermarket tabloids is now all over our media landscape. Unlike the 9/11 truthers or those who questioned the moon landing, these conspiracies are designed solely... Read More
Julia Maskivker, “The Duty to Vote” (Oxford UP, 2019)
When asked what democracy is, many of us instantly think of elections, and thus voting.  Although we tend to see voting as central to democracy, we also think that voting is optional – a commendable activity that a citizen might choose to do, but one that can be omitted blamelessly. ... Read More
Srdja Popovic, “Blueprint for Revolution” (Spiegel and Grau, 2015)
20 years ago, Srdja Popovic was part of a revolution — literally. He was a founding member of the Otpor! movement that ousted Serbia Slobodan Milsovic from power in 1999. It’s easy to characterize social movements as a bunch of people rallying in the streets, but successful movements require a... Read More
Patricia Roberts-Miller, “Demagoguery and Democracy” (The Experiment, 2017)
When you think of the word “demagogue,” what comes to mind? Probably someone like Hitler or another bombastic leader, right? Patricia Roberts-Miller is a rhetoric scholar and has spent years tracing the term and its uses. She joins us this week to explain a new way of thinking about demagoguery... Read More