New Books Network

Sandra Mendiola García, “Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico” (U Nebraska Press, 2017)
In Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), Sandra C. Mendiola García analyzes independent union activism among street vendors facing state repression and the displacing forces of neoliberalism. Set in Puebla, Mexico’s fourth largest city, Street Democracy traces how these informal... Read More
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, “How Democracies Die” (Crown, 2018)
Daniel Ziblatt has done a lot of interviews since the release of How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018) the bestselling book he co-wrote with Steven Levitsky. But we asked him a question he’d never gotten before — about a line toward the end of the book when he refers to democracy as “grinding work.” The... Read More
Matthew Green, “Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
“You think I am crazy, and I know you are not” is what future-White House Chief of Staff and then-House Freedom Caucus leader Congressman Mick Mulvaney said to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The two members of Congress were playing a game of chicken that helps explain the tactics and strategies... Read More
Aram Gousouzian, “The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America” (UNC Press, 2019)
The endlessly fascinating 1968 presidential race transformed American politics in ways that are still being felt. Aram Goudsouzian explores the characters who shaped that race in The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America (UNC Press, 2019). Goudsouzian argues the campaign marked... Read More
Peter Daou, “Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far-Right Menace” (Melville House, 2019)
Democratic political adviser Peter Daou has long toggled between the world of presidential campaigns and online activism. He worked for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry in 2004 and Hillary Clinton in 2008, and he has built a large social media presence with which he wages battles for progressive causes.... Read More
Erin M. Kempker, “Big Sister: Feminism, Conservatism and Conspiracy in the Heartland” (U Illinois, 2018)
Erin M. Kempker is an associate professor of history at Mississippi University for Women and the author of Big Sister: Feminism, Conservatism and Conspiracy in the Heartland (University of Illinois, 2018). The author examines how 1970s right-wing women activists in the state of Indiana combined earlier political conspiracy theories, Cold... Read More
Michael A. Cohen, “Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans” (Yale UP, 2019)
We are fed a steady stream of doom and gloom—terrorist attacks, erosion of democracy, robots taking our jobs. But Michael A. Cohen and his co-author Mich Zenko argue in Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans (Yale University Press, 2019) that our... Read More