New Books Network

Andra Gillespie, “Race and the Obama Administration: Substance, Symbols, and Hope” (Manchester UP, 2019)
Scholars and pundits have been busy trying to assess the legacy of President Barack Obama. Few have done so with the nuance and comparative approach of Andra Gillespie. In her new book Race and the Obama Administration: Substance, Symbols, and Hope (Manchester University Press, 2019), she examines the promotion of... Read More
Mickey and Dick Flacks, “Making History/Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
Mickey and Dick Flacks’ new book Making History/Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America (Rutgers University Press, 2018) is a chronicle of the political and personal lives of progressive activists Richard (Dick) and Miriam (Mickey) Flacks, two of the founders of Students for a... Read More
Laurence Cox, “Why Social Movements Matter: An Introduction” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
In his book Why Social Movements Matter: An Introduction (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), Senior Lecturer Laurence Cox, from Maynooth University, highlights how social movements have shaped the world we live in and their importance for today’s social struggles. He also explores the complex relationship between progressive social movements and political... Read More
Sarah Reckhow, “Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics” (Harvard Education Press, 2019)
Who funds local school board elections? Local residents or major donors living elsewhere? Jeffrey R. Henig, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Sarah Reckhow seek to answer this question in Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics (Harvard Education Press, 2019). Henig is a professor of political science and... Read More
Ronald J. Schmidt, Jr., “Reading Politics with Machiavelli” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Ronald J. Schmidt, Jr., in his new book, Reading Politics with Machiavelli (Oxford University Press, 2018), puts himself and the reader into conversation with Machiavelli, exploring Machiavelli’s thinking and how Machiavelli explains his theories. As Schmidt notes, Machiavelli put himself into non-temporal conversations with ancient and classical thinkers, with religious... Read More