New Books Network

Emma Kuby, “Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps After 1945” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Emma Kuby’s new book, Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps after 1945 (Cornell UP, 2019) traces the fascinating history of the International Commission Against the Concentration Camp Regime (CICRC) established in 1949 by the French intellectual and Nazi camp survivor David Rousset. In... Read More
James Tharin Bradford, “Poppies, Poltics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Afghanistan and the United States have a complicated relationship. And poppies have often been at the center of the problem between the two countries. In James Tharin Bradford‘s new book, Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2019), he reevaluates the... Read More
Mike Jay, “Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic” (Yale UP, 2019)
Psychedelics are not terribly new. And the drug mescaline is certainly not new. Mike Jay‘s new book, Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic (Yale University Press, 2019), tells two trippy stories: one that is about Indigenous use and another about Western society’s adoption of the drug in culture... Read More
Michael Beckley, “Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower” (Cornell UP, 2018)
The United States has been the world’s dominant power for more than a century. Now many analysts and commentators believe that other countries such as China are rising and the United States is in decline. Is the era of American hegemony over? Is America finished as a superpower? In his... 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
Martin Edwards, “The IMF, the WTO and the Politics of Economic Surveillance” (Routledge, 2018)
Both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) practice periodic surveillance of member states to ensure they are adopting effective economic policies. Despite the importance of these practices, they remain understudied by scholars until now. Martin Edwards has written The IMF, the WTO & the Politics... Read More
Daniel Vukovich, “Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China” (Palgrave, 2018)
Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China (Palgrave, 2018) by Daniel Vukovich analyzes the ‘intellectual political culture’ of post-Tiananmen China in comparison to and in conflict with liberalism inside and outside the P.R.C. It questions how mainland politics and discourses challenge ‘our’ own, chiefly liberal and... Read More