New Books Network

Jan English-Lueck, “Cultures@SiliconValley: Second Edition” (Stanford UP, 2017)
Silicon Valley is understood to be one of the most fast-paced regions on earth, where innovation and upheaval are part and parcel of daily life. Imagine the challenge, then, when it’s your job to document and analyze the complex, intersecting, ever-changing cultures that comprise this famous region. In 2002, Dr.... Read More
Megan Finn, “Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters” (MIT Press, 2018)
Megan Finn‘s Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters (MIT Press, 2018) is a fascinating examination of how information infrastructures shape the ways that survivors and observers know and learn about disasters.  Finn uses three historical case studies – major earthquakes in Northern California in 1868, 1906, and... Read More
A. G. Holloway and J. W. White, “Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War” (Kent State UP, 2018)
Jonathan W. White, an associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University, is the co-author of “Our Little Monitor”: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (Kent State University Press, 2018). Ever since their famous naval encounter in 1862, the Monitor and Merrimack (a.k.a., C.S.S. Virginia) have been part of... Read More
Paola Bertucci, “Artisanal Enlightenment: Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France” (Yale UP, 2017)
Paola Bertucci‘s Artisanal Enlightenment: Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France (Yale University Press, 2017) is an innovative new look at the role of artisans in the French Enlightenment.  As savants attempted to appropriate leadership of the mechanical arts while deriding artisans as mere laborers, some of these... Read More
Chris Horrocks, “The Joy of Sets: A Short History of the Television” (Reaktion Press, 2017)
Television started as a dream of nineteenth-century science fiction. It took its place in the twentieth-century home, and became a fixture of family life and a transformative cultural force. Today, televisions are both less visible and more present than ever, thanks to screens on our walls and in our pockets.... Read More
Raymond Boyle, “The Talent Industry: Television, Cultural Intermediaries and New Digital Pathways” (Palgrave, 2018)
What are the hidden structures of the television industry? In The Talent Industry: Television, Cultural Intermediaries and New Digital Pathways (Palgrave, 2018), Raymond Boyle, a professor of communications at the University of Glasgow‘s Centre for Cultural Policy Research, explores this question by focusing on the idea of talent. The book offers... Read More