New Books Network

Jennifer L. Derr, “The Lived Nile: Environment, Disease, and Material Colonial Economy in Egypt” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In October 1902, the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam filled, and Egypt’s relationship with the Nile River forever changed. Flooding villages of historical northern Nubia and filling the irrigation canals that flowed from the river, the perennial Nile not only reshaped agriculture and the environment, but also Egypt’s colonial... Read More
Erika Milam, “Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Erika Milam talks about the scientific search for human nature, a project that captured the attention of paleontologists, anthropologists, and primatologists in the years after World War II. Milam is a professor of history at Princeton University. She is the author of Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature... Read More
David Sinclair, “Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
Today’s guest is David Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul Glenn Center Biological Mechanisms of Aging. He is widely considered on the world’s foremost experts on longevity research. A co-founder of the journal Aging and several biotech companies, he also hold 35 patents.... Read More
Timothy LeCain, “The Matter of History: How Things Create the Past” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Timothy LeCain is an award-winning environmental historian whose past work has focused on the connections between open-pit copper mines, technology, and the natural world. LeCain’s newest book The Matter of History: How Things Create the Past (Cambridge University Press, 2017) presents a path-breaking approach to the study of the environment... Read More
Mark Monmonier, “Connections and Content: Reflections on Networks and the History of Cartography” (ESRI Press, 2019)
In Connections and Content: Reflections on Networks and the History of Cartography (ESRI Press, 2019), cartographic cogitator Mark Monmonier shares his insights about the relationships between networks and maps through a collection of essays. Using historical maps, he explores: triangulation networks used to establish the baselines of a map’s scale;... Read More
Nora Jaffary, “Reproduction and its Discontents in Mexico: Childbirth and Contraception from 1750 to 1905” (UNC Press, 2016)
Nora Jaffary’s Reproduction and its Discontents in Mexico: Childbirth and Contraception from 1750 to 1905 (University of North Carolina Press. 2016), tracks how medical ideas, practices, and policies surrounding reproduction changed between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries in Mexico. Perhaps the most important change analyzed in the book, and... Read More
Alex Rosenblat, “Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work” (California UP, 2018)
What does uber tell us about work, labor management, and mobility in the post-financial crisis world? Uber’s success has been tied to its cultural resonance and on its ability to tell convincing stories about itself to drivers, passengers, and governments about what it is, who drivers are, and why they... Read More