New Books Network

Michael Zakim, “Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
The clerk attended his desk and counter at the intersection of two great themes of modern historical experience: the development of a market economy and of a society governed from below. Who better illustrates the daily practice and production of this modernity than someone of no particular account assigned with... Read More
William Gibbons, “Unlimited Replays: Video Games and Classical Music” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Video games are a significant part of popular entertainment in the twenty-first century. From Words with Friends to Grand Theft Auto, most people spend at least some of their leisure time with video games. In his book, Unlimited Replays: Video Games and Classical Music (Oxford University Press, 2018), William Gibbons... Read More
Stefan Al, “Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: Green and Gray Strategies” (Island Press, 2018)
Stefan Al, PhD, is a native of the Netherlands, a low-lying county that would not exist without flood protection, is an architect, urban designer, and infrastructure expert at global design at Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York. He has served as a TED resident, advisor to the United Nations High... Read More
Matt Oram, “The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD Psychotherapy in America” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Are we in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance? If so, what can we learn about the present moment through the history of psychedelic experiments in the past? Matt Oram discusses contemporary debates about LSD and MDMA and brings much-needed context with his new book, The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD... Read More
Lukas Rieppel, “Assembling the Dinosaur: Fossil Hunters, Tycoons, and the Making of a Spectacle” (Harvard UP, 2019)
After the discoveries of dinosaur fossils in the American West in the late nineteenth century, the United States became world renown for vertebrate paleontology. In his new book Assembling the Dinosaur: Fossil Hunters, Tycoons, and the Making of a Spectacle (Harvard University Press, 2019), Lukas Rieppel explains how the discoveries... Read More
Sharra L. Vostral, “Toxic Shock: A Social History” (NYU Press, 2018)
In 1978, doctors in Denver, Colorado observed several healthy children who suddenly and mysteriously developed a serious, life-threatening illness with no visible source. Their condition, which doctors dubbed ‘toxic shock syndrome’ (TSS) was rare, but observed with increasing frequency over the next few years in young women, and was soon... Read More
Sarah A. Seo, “Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom” (Harvard UP, 2019)
When Americans think of freedom, they often picture the open road. Yet nowhere are we more likely to encounter the long arm of the law than in our cars. Sarah Seo reveals how the rise of the automobile led us to accept-and expect-pervasive police power. As Policing the Open Road:... Read More