New Books Network

T. L. Bunyasi and C. W. Smith, “Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter” (NYU Press, 2019)
Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith have written an accessible and important book about the #BlackLivesMatter social movement and broader considerations of, essentially, how we got to where we are, in the United States, in regard to race and racism. They also go on to suggest and encourage readers... Read More
Wendy Brown, “In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Neoliberalism is one of those fuzzy words that can mean something different to everyone. Wendy Brown is one of the world’s leading scholars on neoliberalism and argue that a generation of neoliberal worldview among political, business, and intellectual leaders led to the populism we’re seeing throughout the world today. But... Read More
Andrew Sidman, “Pork Barrel Politics: How Government Spending Determines Elections in a Polarized Era” (Columbia UP, 2019)
In Andrew Sidman, Pork Barrel Politics: How Government Spending Determines Elections in a Polarized Era (Columbia University Press, 2019), offers a systematic explanation for how political polarization relates to the electoral influence of federal spending. He argues that the voters see the pork barrel as part of the larger issue... Read More
Robert M. Alexander, “Representation and the Electoral College” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Robert Alexander’s new book, Representation and the Electoral College (Oxford University Press, 2019) is an important analysis of the Electoral College, from the debates about it at the constitutional convention and during the early days of the republic to contemporary controversies that surround this unique construction. Alexander frames the book... Read More
Bryan Jones, “The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Bryan Jones, Sean Theriault, and Michelle Whyman are out with a big book on with a provocative thesis. In The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2019), the authors argue that there are dimensions to the broadening of the... Read More
Alexandra Minna Stern, “Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination” (Beacon Press, 2019)
In this episode, Dr. Alexandra Minna Stern and I discuss her latest book, Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination (Beacon Press, 2019). Our conversation examines the intersections of gender and sexuality as they relate to the author’s research on eugenics, white nationalists,... Read More
Patrick Andelic, “Donkey Work: Congressional Democrats in Conservative America, 1974-1994” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
What happened to the Democratic Party after the 1960s? In many political histories, the McGovern defeat of 1972 announced the party’s decline—and the conservative movement’s ascent. What the conventional narrative neglects, Patrick Andelic submits, is the role of Congress in the party’s, and the nation’s, political fortunes. In Donkey Work:... Read More