New Books Network

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
Pat Garofalo, “The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs” (Thomas Dunne, 2019)
Politicians love to woo entertainment corporations to their states and cities through subsidies and tax cities. But Pat Garofalo argues that such incentives waste taxpayer money in The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs (Thomas Dunne Books, 2019). Garofalo details how filmmakers, gambling... Read More
Darren Barany, “The New Welfare Consensus: Ideological, Political and Social Origins” (SUNY Press, 2018)
The 1996 repeal of Aid to Families with Dependent Children — the New Deal-era relief program for poor women with children — was a seminal moment in the modern history of the US welfare state. That the charge was led by a Democratic president makes it even more noteworthy. Join... Read More
Reece Peck, “Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Reece Peck‘s Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class (Cambridge University Press, 2019) offers a unique argument of why the Fox News Channel has been both a commercial successful and wielded enormous political influence. Peck focuses on the importance of the tabloid sensibilities and populist style of Fox News. He traces... Read More