New Books Network

Cailin O’Connor, “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread” (Yale UP, 2018)
The social dynamics of “alternative facts”: why what you believe depends on who you know Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite bad, even fatal, consequences for the people who hold them? In The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs... Read More
Yael Tamir, “Why Nationalism?” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Around the world today, nationalism is back—and it’s often deeply troubling. Populist politicians exploit nationalism for authoritarian, chauvinistic, racist, and xenophobic purposes, reinforcing the view that it is fundamentally reactionary and antidemocratic. But Yael (Yuli) Tamir makes a passionate argument for a very different kind of nationalism—one that revives its... Read More
Richard G. Tedeschi, “Posttraumatic Growth: Theory, Research and Applications” (Routledge, 2018)
During this global pandemic, many of us will experience trauma, which the authors define as a severely stressful life-altering event.  A traumatic event is like an earthquake, shattering an individual’s coherent world-view the way an earthquake can shatter the foundations of buildings.  A traumatic event is undesirable in the extreme... Read More
Adrian J. Boas, “The Crusader World” (Routledge, 2015)
The Crusader World (Routledge, 2015), edited by Adrian J. Boas, is a multidisciplinary survey of the current state of research in the field of crusader studies, an area of study which has become increasingly popular in recent years. In this volume Adrian Boas draws together an impressive range of academics,... Read More
Yaakov Katz, “Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power” (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)
With the world’s attention riveted to the nuclear threat from Iran, Yaakov Katz’s new book could not be more timely. In Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief Katz tells the inside story of how Israel stopped Syria from... Read More
Ayelet Hoffmann Libson, “Law and Self-Knowledge in the Talmud” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Law and Self-Knowledge in the Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2018) examines the emergence of self-knowledge as a determining legal consideration among the rabbis of Late Antiquity, from the third to the seventh centuries CE. Based on close readings of rabbinic texts from Palestine and Babylonia, Ayelet Hoffmann Libson highlights a... Read More
Benjamin Balint, “Jerusalem: City of the Book” (Yale UP, 2019)
“The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.” ― Susan Orlean, The Library Book. Benjamin Balint and Merav Mack‘s Jerusalem: City of the Book (Yale University Press,... Read More
Jerome Gellman, “The History of Evil from the Mid-Twentieth Century to Today: 1950-2018” (Routledge, 2018)
“The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” – Genesis 8:21 “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.” – William Shakespeare We share with other animals the experiences of violence; of pain, fear and loss, but human beings are... Read More