New Books Network

Diane Tober, “Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
The development of a whole suite of new reproductive technologies in recent decades has contributed to broad cultural conversations and controversies over the meaning of family in the United States. In Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families (Rutgers University Press, 2018), Diane Tober analyzes how... Read More
Raul Espejo, “Cybernetics and Systems: Social and Business Decisions” (Routledge, 2019)
Regular listeners of this podcast will, no doubt, be familiar with the name of Raul Espejo, former Director of Operations of Stafford Beer’s famed Cybersyn Project under the Chilean government of Salvador Allende in the early 1970’s. On this episode, the esteemed Dr. Espejo joins us in his role as... Read More
Karin Rosemblatt, “The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910–1950” (UNC Press, 2018)
Karin Rosemblatt’s new book, The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910–1950 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), traces how U.S.- and Mexican-trained intellectuals, social and human scientists, and anthropologists applied their ethnographic field work on indigenous and Native American peoples on both sides of... Read More
Clayton Whisnant, “Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945” (Harrington Park Press, 2016)
Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed key developments in LGBT history, including the growth of the world’s first homosexual organizations and gay and lesbian magazines, as well as an influential community of German sexologists and psychoanalysts. In his new book, Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A... Read More
Eric Topol, “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again” (Basic Books, 2019)
Medicine has lost its humanity. Doctors no longer have the time to make personal connections with their patients. In his new book Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (Basic Books, 2019), Eric Topol explores how AI can help to fix many of the issues medicine is... Read More
Jessica Pierce, “Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible” (New World Library, 2019)
No matter how cushy their lives, dogs live on our terms. They compromise their freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the love, comfort, and care they get from us. But it is possible to let dogs be... Read More
Peter Daou, “Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far-Right Menace” (Melville House, 2019)
Democratic political adviser Peter Daou has long toggled between the world of presidential campaigns and online activism. He worked for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry in 2004 and Hillary Clinton in 2008, and he has built a large social media presence with which he wages battles for progressive causes.... Read More