New Books Network

Eric Blanc, “Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics” (Verso, 2019)
Eric Blanc is the author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso, 2019). Blanc is a former teacher, journalist, and doctoral student in sociology at New York University. He has written for The Nation, The Guardian, and Jacobin magazine. Red State Revolt explains the emergence... Read More
Sarah Eppler Janda, “Prairie Power: Student Activism, Counterculture, and Backlash in Oklahoma, 1962–1972” (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)
The sixties happened in Oklahoma too, argued Sarah Eppler Janda in Prairie Power: Student Activism, Counterculture, and Backlash in Oklahoma, 1962–1972 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018). While not a hub of activism and student protest on the scale of UC-Berkeley or Columbia, schools such as the University of Oklahoma and (to... Read More
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