New Books Network

C. Browning, P. Hayes, R. Hilberg, “German Railroads, Jewish Souls: The Reichsbahn, Bureaucracy, and the Final Solution” (Berghahn Books, 2019)
Raul Hilberg was a giant in the field of Genocide and Holocaust Studies. Frequently cited as the founder of the field in the United States, Hilberg wrote, taught, and mentored for decades.  In a series of influential books, he scouted out the terrain, mapped events, people and personalities, and offered... Read More
Sebastian Prange, “Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast (Cambridge University Press, 2019) by Sebastian Prange provides a fascinating window into the Muslim world of the medieval (12-16th century) Malabar Coast and the development of Islam that was defined by significant trade networks. Prange conceptualizes this particular development of... Read More
Roland Elliot Brown, “Godless Utopia: Soviet Anti-Religious Propaganda” (FUEL, 2019)
In the arc of Soviet history, few government programs were as tenacious as the anti-religious campaign, which systematically set out to debunk organized religion as “the opium of the people.” This political storm of heaven lasted from the earliest days of Bolshevik power up until the early eighties, when it... Read More
Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, “In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi’ism between Pakistan and the Middle East” (UNC Press, 2019)
Scholarly and public discourse on Islamic intellectual thought in the modern period tend to frame it narrowly through the concept of “influence” as it emanates from the Middle Eastern “center” to the non-Middle Eastern “peripheries” without paying sufficient attention to the ways in which these variegated “peripheries” retain the autonomy... Read More
Nosheen Ali, “Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In her pioneering and politically urgent new book Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier (Cambridge UP, 2019), Nosheen Ali presents a lyrical and at many times haunting account of the aspirations, anxieties, and tragedies enfolding everyday life in the rarely studied Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan. How... Read More
Olga Zilberbourg, “Like Water and Other Stories” (WTAW Press, 2019)
The phenomenon of the Russian emigre writer is nothing new. Exile seems almost as necessary a commodity as ink to many of Russia’s most celebrated writers, including Alexander Herzen, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vladimir Nabokov, Ivan Bunin, Josef Brodsky, and Sergei Dovlatov. For these titans of Russian literature, leaving was a binary... Read More
Nir Eyal, “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
A former advisor to tech companies on how to make their products habit-forming, Nir Eyal found that his own smartphone use was adversely affecting his family life.  He took a deep dive into research and literature on the subject, and emerged with this new book (with Julie Li), Indistractable: How... Read More