New Books Network

Morgan Marietta, “One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
American society is deeply divided at this moment—not just on values and opinions but on basic perceptions of reality. In their latest book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2019), Morgan Marietta and David Barker attribute such division to the natural human tendency towards... Read More
Anthony J. Badger, “Albert Gore, Sr.: A Political Life” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In 1956 Albert Gore, Sr. received national attention as one of only three senators from the states of the former Confederacy who refused to sign the infamous “Southern Manifesto” opposing the racial integration of public spaces. Lauded as Gore was by many for his decision, as Anthony J. Badger shows... Read More
Rachel Augustine Potter, “Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Rule-making may rarely make headlines, but the significance of this largely hidden process cannot be underestimated. Rachel Augustine Potter makes the case in Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press, 2019) that rulemaking is incredibly important, but also political in ways that are misunderstood. Potter... Read More
Ryan Grim, “We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement” (Strong Arm Press, 2019)
The modern progressive movement is rising in influence, intensity and numbers. Just where did it come from and where is it going? Ryan Grim, D.C bureau chief for The Intercept digs into the movement’s origins in We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and... Read More
Ben Merriman, “Conservative Innovators: How States Are Challenging Federal Power” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Expansion of federal power has typically come with the consent of states, often eager to receive the funding tied to new policy priorities. Not so any more, as some states have famously rejected funding for Medicaid expansion. Was the case of Medicaid and Obamacare an aberration or part of a... Read More
A. Nilsen, K. Nielsen, A. Vaidya, “Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations” (Pluto Press, 2019)
More than 70 years after its founding, with Narendra Modi’s authoritarian Hindu nationalists in government, is the dream of Indian democracy still alive and well? Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations (Pluto Press, 2019), a prescient collection of essays, dialogues and commentary from scholars, activists and journalists, tries to come up with answers.... Read More
Chandra Russo, “Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the US Security State” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In her book Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the US Security State (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Chandra Russo explores how solidarity activists contest the practices of the US security state both within its borders and abroad. Russo follows three social movement organizations (The School of the Americas Watch, the Migrant... Read More