New Books Network

Ellen Wayland-Smith, “The Angel in the Marketplace: Adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub and the Selling of America” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
Ellen Wayland-Smith is an associate professor of writing at University of Southern California. Her book The Angel in the Marketplace: Adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub and the Selling of America (University of Chicago Press, 2020) follows the career of adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub who in the mid-twentieth century created the advertising... Read More
Li Zhang, “Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy” (U California Press, 2020)
The breathless pace of China’s economic reform has brought about deep ruptures in socioeconomic structures and people’s inner landscape. Faced with increasing market-driven competition and profound social changes, more and more middle-class urbanites are turning to Western-style psychological counseling to grapple with their mental distress. Anxious China: Inner Revolution and... Read More
Scott Laderman, “The ‘Silent Majority’ Speech: Richard Nixon, the Vietnam War, and the Origins of the New Right” (Routledge, 2019)
On November 3, 1969 Richard M. Nixon addressed the nation in what would come to be known as “The Silent Majority Speech”. In 32 minutes, the president promoted his plan for a “Vietnamization” of the war and called upon “the great silent majority of my fellow Americans” to support his... Read More
Robert Plomin, “Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are” (MIT Press, 2019)
Have you ever felt, “Oh my God, I’m turning into my mother (or father)!” ?  Robert Plomin explains why that happens in Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (MIT Press, 2019). A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent lifelong... Read More
Michael E. McCullough, “The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code” (Basic Books, 2020)
Why Give a Damn About Strangers? In his book The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code (Basic Books, 2020), Michael E. McCullough explains. McCullough is a professor of psychology at the University of California San Diego, where he directs the Evolution and Human Behavior... Read More
Simone C. Drake, “Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century” (Duke UP, 2020)
Simone C. Drake and Dwan K. Henderson’s Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century (Duke UP, 2020) is an engaging and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary black popular culture and how to think about this broad and diverse landscape, especially in relation to power, capitalism, gender identity, and presidential... Read More
Lost Temples of the Jungle: A History of Mrauk-U with Dr. Bob Hudson
Deep in the jungles of Myanmar lie the remains of an ancient kingdom, the 15th-century royal city of Mrauk-U. Located in the Bay of Bengal and separated from the rest of the country by the Arakan mountain range, Mrauk-U Township boasts a stunning rural landscape dotted with the hundreds of... Read More
JC de Swaan, “Seeking Virtue in Finance: Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
JC de Swaan does not shy from a challenge. In his new book, Seeking Virtue in Finance: Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Cambridge University Press, 2020), de Swaan, argues that it is possible to work in finance and not fall prey to the worst ethical ills of a profit... Read More
Noel Malcolm, “Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Sir Noel Malcolm’s captivating new book, Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2019), tells the story of Western European fascination with the Ottoman empire and Islam between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the latter half of the 18th century.... Read More
Frank Jacob, “Japanese War Crimes during World War II: Atrocity and the Psychology of Collective Violence” (Praeger, 2018)
When you mention Japanese War crimes in World War Two, you’ll often get different responses from different generations.  The oldest among us will talk about the Bataan Death March.  Younger people, coming of age in the 1990s, will mention the Rape of Nanking or the comfort women forced into service... Read More