New Books Network

James L. A. Webb, “The Long Struggle against Malaria in Tropical Africa” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
It is estimated that malaria kills between 650,000 to 1.2 million people every year; experts believe that nearly 90 percent of these deaths occur in Africa. In The Long Struggle against Malaria in Tropical Africa (Reprint edition; Cambridge University Press, 2016), James L. A. Webb explains the disproportionate impact that... Read More
E. MacDonald et al., “Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016)
With its long and well-documented history, Prince Edward Island makes a compelling case study for thousands of years of human interaction with a specific ecosystem. The pastoral landscapes, red sandstone cliffs, and small fishing villages of Canada’s “garden province” are appealing because they appear timeless, but they are as culturally... Read More
Kristin L. Hoganson, “The Heartland: An American History” (Penguin, 2019)
The Great West. Middle America. Flyover Country. The expanse of plains, lakes, forests, and farms, between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains has carried many names. Beginning in the twentieth century, Americans began calling it The Heartland, a term that Dr. Kristin L. Hoganson argues carried a specific meaning that has... Read More
Kate Brown, “Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future” (Norton, 2019)
We cannot learn from disasters we do not yet understand. That conviction motivated historian Kate Brown to conduct groundbreaking research into nuclear energy’s most infamous chapter and write Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future (Norton, 2019). By digging into recently opened regional archives, conducting dozens of interviews,... Read More
Christopher Preston, “The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World” (MIT Press, 2018)
In The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World (MIT Press, 2018), Dr. Christopher Preston argues that what is most startling about the Anthropocene — our period in time where there are no longer places on Earth untouched by humans — is not only how much impact... Read More
Robert A. Voeks, “The Ethnobotany of Eden: Rethinking the Jungle Medicine Narrative” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Jungle medicine: it’s everywhere, from chia seeds to ginseng tea to CBD oil.  In the US, what was once the province of counter culture has moved squarely into the mainstream of Walmart and Walgreens.  In his excellent new book The Ethnobotany of Eden: Rethinking the Jungle Medicine Narrative (University of... Read More
K. Kennen and N. Kirkwood, “Phyto: Principals and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design” (Routledge, 2015)
Environmental crises are making headlines in the news everyday. As public awareness increases about brownfields, pollutants, and water quality, Phyto: Principals and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (Routledge, 2015) is the tool to mediate those pressing issues. The authors are both landscape architects who address “how to” contain... Read More