New Books Network

Audrey Kurth Cronin, “Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Never have so many possessed the means to be so lethal. The diffusion of modern technology (robotics, cyber weapons, 3-D printing, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence) to ordinary people has given them access to weapons of mass violence previously monopolized by the state. In recent years, states have attempted to... Read More
Victoria Reyes, “Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Increasing levels of globalization have led to the proliferation of spaces of international exchange. In her new book, Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines (Stanford University Press, 2019), sociologist Victoria Reyes looks at one such space, the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, in the Philippines, to understand... Read More
Lesley Chamberlain, “Ministry of Darkness: How Sergei Uvarov Created Conservative Modern Russia” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Count Sergey Semyonovich Uvarov, once proclaimed by Aleksandr Herzen as a ‘Prometheus of our day’, has in the past 160 years become something of an also-ran in Russian History. Notwithstanding his manifold contributions to the Russian education system as Minister of Education for more than fifteen years. And of course... Read More
Stephen Le, “100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today” (Picador, 2016)
There are few areas of modern life that are burdened by as much information and advice, often contradictory, as our diet and health: eat a lot of meat, eat no meat; whole-grains are healthy, whole-grains are a disaster; eat everything in moderation; eat only certain foods–and on and on. In... Read More
What Should We Think of the British Empire?
The British Empire at its greatest extent covered approximately twenty-five percent of the surface of the globe with the same percentage of the world so population under its rule, directly or indirectly. And, yet a little over one-hundred years after its apogee, with its fall made absolute by the process... Read More
Kate O’Neill, “Waste” (Polity, 2019)
Waste is one of the planet’s last great resource frontiers. From furniture made from up-cycled wood to gold extracted from computer circuit boards, artisans and multinational corporations alike are finding ways to profit from waste while diverting materials from overcrowded landfills. Yet beyond these benefits, this “new” resource still poses... Read More
Eyal Mayroz, “Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
Why don’t governments do more to prevent genocide? What role does the public have in compelling their governments to take an active stand in the face of genocide? In Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur (Rutgers University Press, 2019), Eyal Mayroz approaches these questions and... Read More