New Books Network

Neil Maher, “Apollo in the Age of Aquarius” (Harvard UP, 2017)
Neil Maher talks about the social forces that shaped NASA in the 1960s and 70s, connecting the space race with the radical upheavals of the counterculture. Maher is a professor of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark. He is the author of Apollo in the Age... Read More
Nancy D. Campbell, “OD: Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose” (MIT Press, 2020)
For years, drug overdose was unmentionable in polite society. OD was understood to be something that took place in dark alleys―an ugly death awaiting social deviants―neither scientifically nor clinically interesting. But over the last several years, overdose prevention has become the unlikely object of a social movement, powered by the... Read More
Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger, “Re-Engineering Humanity” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us. All the while, a more immediate dilemma flies under the radar. Have forces been unleashed that are thrusting humanity down an ill-advised path, one that’s increasingly making us behave like simple machines? In Re-Engineering Humanity (Cambridge University Press, 2018),... Read More
Safi Bahcall, “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries” (St. Martins, 2019)
Safi Bahcall‘s Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries (St. Martin’s Press, 2019) reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Bahcall, a physicist and entrepreneur,... Read More
J. L. Anderson, “Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, and Power in America” (West Virginia UP, 2019)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with J. L. Anderson about the 2019 book Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, and Power in America published by West Virginia University Press. Anderson provides a history of pigs in America from the first arrival on the continent in the Columbian Exchange to... Read More
Ben Green, “The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future” (MIT Press, 2019)
The “smart city,” presented as the ideal, efficient, and effective for meting out services, has captured the imaginations of policymakers, scholars, and urban-dwellers. But what are the possible drawbacks of living in an environment that is constantly collecting data? What important data is ignored when it is not easily translated... Read More
Daniel Kennefick, “No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse that Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Daniel Kennefick talks about resistance to relativity theory in the early twentieth century and the huge challenges that faced British astronomers who wanted to test the theory during the solar eclipse of 1919. Kennefick is an associate professor of physics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He’s the author of No... Read More