New Books Network

John W. Compton, “The End of Empathy: Why White Protestants Stopped Loving their Neighbors” (Oxford UP, 2020)
We’re all familiar with the statistic that 81% of white evangelical voters supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But what if a deeper trawl through the complex relationship between religion and political activity in modern America suggests that statistic doesn’t really mean anything? In this exciting new book,... Read More
Duane Tananbaum, “Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography” (SUNY Press, 2017)
Over the course of three decades of public service, Herbert Lehman dedicated himself tirelessly to advances the causes in which he believed. In Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography (SUNY Press, 2017), Duane Tananbaum describes his livelong public activism and the role Lehman’s relationships with key individuals played in shaping... Read More
Post Script: Kamala Harris as Vice President
This is our second podcast in a new series from New Books in Political Science called POST-SCRIPT in which Susan and I invite authors back to the podcast to react to contemporary political developments that engage their scholarship. Today’s podcast – recorded on Wednesday, August 12th (less than 24 hours... Read More
Satyan Devadoss, “Mage Merlin’s Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries” (MIT Press, 2020)
There are very few math books that merit the adjective ‘charming’ but Mage Merlin’s Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries (MIT Press, 2020) is one of them. Satyan Devadoss and Matt Harvey have chosen a truly unique, creative and charming way to acquaint readers with some of the unsolved problems of mathematics. Some... Read More
Paul De Grauwe, “Economics of Monetary Union” (Oxford UP, 2020)
First published in 1992 before the creation of the euro, Paul De Grauwe’s Economics of Monetary Union (Oxford University Press, 2020)has become a standard text for undergraduates seeking to understand this remarkable but “fragile” project. Updated every two years and now in its 13th edition, the book can hardly keep... Read More
Kyle Barnett, “Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry” (U Michigan Press, 2020)
In Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry (University of Michigan Press, 2020), Kyle Barnett tells the story of the smaller U.S. record labels in the 1920s that created the genres later to be known as blues, country, and jazz. Barnett also engages the early recording industry as... Read More
Erik Gellman, “Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay” (Chicago UP, 2020)
James West speaks with Erik Gellman, an associate professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about his new book Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay (University of Chicago Press, 2020). Fusing photography and history to demonstrate how racial and economic inequality gave rise to... Read More
Vesna Kittelson, “Lost and Found in America” (U Minnesota Press, 2020)
The prolific artistic production of Vesna Kittelson always maintains autobiographical connections: her installations of deconstructed books and her luminous drawings of fountains recall her childhood in Split, Croatia; her early color field paintings represent people and places she remembers; her war paintings portray the tragedy and emotion experienced in Bosnia... Read More
Arthur B. Markman, “Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do It Well, and Advance Your Career” (HBR Press, 2019)
What does it take to both fit in and yet also prosper and grow as a person in the workplace? In this interview, I discuss this question and others with noted psychologist Arthur B. Markman. Markman is a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin,... Read More