New Books Network

Neil Maher, “Apollo in the Age of Aquarius” (Harvard UP, 2017)
Neil Maher talks about the social forces that shaped NASA in the 1960s and 70s, connecting the space race with the radical upheavals of the counterculture. Maher is a professor of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark. He is the author of Apollo in the Age... Read More
Carol Dyhouse, “Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire” (Oxford UP, 2017)
What can a cultural history of the heartthrob teach us about women, desire, and social change? From dreams of Prince Charming or dashing military heroes, to the lure of dark strangers and vampire lovers; from rock stars and rebels to soulmates, dependable family types or simply good companions, female fantasies... Read More
Anna M. Gade, “Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations” (Columbia UP, 2019)
The relationship between Islam and the environment has a long and rich history across various Muslim societies. Anna M. Gade, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, outlines several strains where these domains intersect in her book Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations (Columbia University Press, 2019). Gade takes the reader through a number... Read More
Jeremy Black, “Geographies of an Imperial Power: The British World, 1688-1815” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Today we talk to Jeremy Black, professor of history at Exeter University, UK, about two of his most recent book projects, both of which relate to the ways in which we think about empires, and the British empire in particular. Geographies of an Imperial Power: The British World, 1688-1815 (Indiana... Read More
Nancy D. Campbell, “OD: Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose” (MIT Press, 2020)
For years, drug overdose was unmentionable in polite society. OD was understood to be something that took place in dark alleys―an ugly death awaiting social deviants―neither scientifically nor clinically interesting. But over the last several years, overdose prevention has become the unlikely object of a social movement, powered by the... Read More
William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, “Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture” (Fordham UP, 2020)
The neoliberal consensus, once thought to be undefeatable, seems to have been broken both in the wake of the fiscal crisis of 2008, as well as a series of surprise movements and elections throughout the world in the last several years. But many scholars argue that it remains alive and... Read More
Adrienne Petty, “Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War” (Oxford UP, 2013)
Professor Adrienne Petty discusses her book, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013), about the black and white farmers in the South who were part of the “small farming class,” and their evolving strategies for holding onto their land through the... Read More