About Caleb Zakarin

Caleb Zakarin is the Editor of the New Books Network.

NBN Episodes hosted by Caleb:

Julia Wojnowska-Radzińska, "Implications of Pre-Emptive Data Surveillance for Fundamental Rights in the European Union" (Brill Nijhoff, 2023)

June 12, 2024

Implications of Pre-Emptive Data Surveillance for Fundamental Rights in the European Union

Julia Wojnowska-Radzińska
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In Implications of Pre-Emptive Data Surveillance for Fundamental Rights in the European Union (Brill Nijhoff, 2023) Julia Wojnowska-Radzińska offers a…

Kunal M. Parker, "The Turn to Process: American Legal, Political, and Economic Thought, 1870-1970" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

May 16, 2024

The Turn to Process

Kunal M. Parker
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In The Turn to Process: American Legal, Political, and Economic Thought, 1870-1970 (Cambridge University Press, 2023), Kunal M. Parker explores the ma…

Görkem Akgöz, "In the Shadow of War and Empire: Industrialisation, Nation-Building, and Working-Class Politics in Turkey" (Brill, 2023)

May 12, 2024

In the Shadow of War and Empire

Görkem Akgöz
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In the Shadow of War and Empire: Industrialisation, Nation-Building, and Working-Class Politics in Turkey (Brill, 2023) offers a site-specific history…

Y. Tzvi Langermann, "Before Maimonides: A New Philosophical Dialogue in Hebrew" (Brill, 2023)

May 11, 2024

Before Maimonides

Y. Tzvi Langermann
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

All can agree that the achievement of Moses Maimonides (d. 1204) set the standard for subsequent works of "Jewish philosophy". But just what were the …

Anthony Valerio, "Confessions of an Aspiring Pornographer" (Grailing Press, 2024)

April 25, 2024

Confessions of an Aspiring Pornographer

Anthony Valerio
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Anthony Valerio's novel Confessions of an Aspiring Pornographer (Grailing Press, 2024) tells the story of Walter Michael Gregory. Call him Wally. Wa…

Crawford Gribben, "J. N. Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism" (Oxford UP, 2024)

April 24, 2024

J. N. Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism

Crawford Gribben
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

J.N. Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism (Oxford University Press, 2024) describes the work of one of the most important and under-studied theolo…

Diana Chapman Walsh, "The Claims of Life: A Memoir" (MIT Press, 2023)

April 21, 2024

The Claims of Life

Diana Chapman Walsh
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The engaging memoir of a legendary president of Wellesley College known for authentic and open-hearted leadership, who drove innovation with power and…

Rasmus Winther, "Our Genes: A Philosophical Perspective on Human Evolutionary Genomics" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

April 14, 2024

Our Genes

Rasmus Winther
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Situated at the intersection of natural science and philosophy, Our Genes: A Philosophical Perspective on Human Evolutionary Genomics (Cambridge Unive…

W. B. Allen, "Montesquieu's 'The Spirit of the Laws': A Critical Edition" (Anthem Press, 2023)

March 31, 2024

Montesquieu's 'The Spirit of the Laws'

W. B. Allen
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The Spirit of the Laws not only systematizes the foundational ideas of “separation of powers” and “balances and checks,” it provides the decisive resp…

Ya-Wen Lei, "The Gilded Cage: Technology, Development, and State Capitalism in China" (Princeton UP, 2023)

March 30, 2024

The Gilded Cage

Ya-Wen Lei
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Since the mid-2000s, the Chinese state has increasingly shifted away from labor-intensive, export-oriented manufacturing to a process of socioeconomic…

Thomas S. Mullaney, "The Chinese Computer: A Global History of the Information Age" (MIT Press, 2024)

March 29, 2024

The Chinese Computer

Thomas S. Mullaney
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The fascinating, untold story of how the Chinese language overcame unparalleled challenges and revolutionized the world of computing. A standard QWERT…

Paul Carter, "Richard Nixon: California's Native Son" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

March 29, 2024

Richard Nixon

Paul Carter
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Born in Yorba Linda and raised in Whittier, California, Nixon succeeded early in life, excelling in academics while enjoying athletics through high sc…

Alke Jenss, "Selective Security in the War on Drugs: The Coloniality of State Power in Colombia and Mexico" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)

March 18, 2024

Selective Security in the War on Drugs

Alke Jenss
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Paramilitaries, crime, and tens of thousands of disappeared persons—the so-called war on drugs has perpetuated violence in Latin America, at times pre…

Tayo Agunbiade, "Untold Histories of Nigerian Women: Emerging from the Margins" (Cambridge Scholars, 2023)

March 14, 2024

Untold Histories of Nigerian Women

Tayo Agunbiade
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Untold Histories of Nigerian Women: Emerging from the Margins (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2023) is a curation of insightful and engaging narration…

Daniel Dain, "A History of Boston" (Peter E. Randall, 2023)

February 24, 2024

A History of Boston

Daniel Dain
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Boston is today one of the world's greatest cities, first in higher education, hospitals, life science companies, and sports teams. It was the home of…

Nate Klemp, "Open: Living with an Expansive Mind in a Distracted World" (Sounds True, 2024)

February 19, 2024

Open

Nate Klemp
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

With the avalanche of information we get every day, closing down our minds and hearts seems to be the only way to survive. We close down to our inner …

Rob Percival, "The Meat Paradox: Eating, Empathy, and the Future of Meat" (Pegasus, 2022)

February 12, 2024

The Meat Paradox

Rob Percival
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Our future diet will be shaped by diverse forces. It will be shaped by novel technologies, by geopolitical tensions, and the evolution of cultural pre…

Ana Lucia Araujo, "The Gift: How Objects of Prestige Shaped the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

February 11, 2024

The Gift

Ana Lucia Araujo
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The Gift: How Objects of Prestige Shaped the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism (Cambridge University Press, 2023) explores how objects of prestige …

Hedwig Amelia Waters, "Moral Economic Transitions in the Mongolian Borderlands: A Proportional Share" (UCL Press, 2023)

February 6, 2024

Moral Economic Transitions in the Mongolian Borderlands

Hedwig Amelia Waters
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In the early 1990s, Mongolia began a transition from socialism to a market democracy. In the process, the country became more than ever dependent on i…

Alex Squadron, "Life in the G: Minor League Basketball and the Relentless Pursuit of the NBA" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

February 5, 2024

Life in the G

Alex Squadron
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Welcome to the G League--the official minor league of the National Basketball Association. Life in the G: Minor League Basketball and the Relentless P…

Matthew D. Lassiter, "The Suburban Crisis: White America and the War on Drugs" (Princeton UP, 2023)

February 2, 2024

The Suburban Crisis

Matthew D. Lassiter
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Most accounts of post-1950s political history tell the story of of the war on drugs as part of a racial system of social control of urban minority pop…

Aimee Loiselle, "Beyond Norma Rae: How Puerto Rican and Southern White Women Fought for a Place in the American Working Class" (UNC Press, 2023)

January 17, 2024

Beyond Norma Rae

Aimee Loiselle
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In the late 1970s, Hollywood producers took the published biography of Crystal Lee Sutton, a white southern textile worker, and transformed it into a …

Karen C. Pinto, "Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration" (U Chicago Press, 2016)

January 16, 2024

Medieval Islamic Maps

Karen C. Pinto
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The history of Islamic mapping is one of the new frontiers in the history of cartography. Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration (University of Chicago…

Jacob L. Wright, "Why the Bible Began: An Alternative History of Scripture and Its Origins" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 13, 2024

Why the Bible Began

Jacob L. Wright
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Why did no other ancient society produce something like the Bible? That a tiny, out of the way community could have created a literary corpus so deter…