New Books Network

Simon Bowmaker, “When the President Calls: Conversations with Economic Policymakers” (MIT Press, 2019)
I spoke with Dr Simon Bowmaker, Professor of Economics at New York University, Stern School of Business. He has recently published When the President Calls: Conversations with Economic Policymakers (MIT Press, 2019). His book is a very original and timely contribution on the relationship between US presidents and their economic advisers.... Read More
Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, “None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada” (NYU Press, 2020)
In recent decades, the number of Americans and Canadians who identify has nonreligious has risen considerably. With nearly one quarter of Canadian and American adults identifying as nonreligious, religious “nones” represent a sizable and growing group within the Canadian and American populations. In their recent book, None of the Above:... Read More
Diana Fu, “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
When advocacy organizations are forbidden from rallying people to take to the streets, what do they do? Diana Fu’s nuanced ethnography of Chinese labor organizations demonstrates how grassroots non-governmental organizations (NGOs) mobilize under repressive political conditions. Instead of facilitating collective action through public protests or strikes, Fu demonstrates how Chinese... Read More
Manuel Barcia, “The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the 19th-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade” (Yale UP, 2020)
As we now know, epidemics and pandemics are not new phenomena. In her new book The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the 19th-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale University Press, 2020), Manuel Barcia offers a striking rendition of the diseases that swept through the illegal slave trade Atlantic World. In... Read More
Coryne Hall, “Queen Victoria and the Romanovs: 60 Years of Mutual Distrust” (Amberley, 2020)
The balance of power in nineteenth-century Europe was anchored on one end by the redoubtable Queen Victoria (1819 -1901), the doyenne of sovereigns, and at the opposite end by the autocratic Romanov dynasty — four successive emperors who ruled Russia during Victoria’s own 63-year reign. Between these great powers lay... Read More
Thomas A. Discenna, “Discourses of Denial: The Rhetoric of American Academic Labor” (Routledge, 2017)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (they/she) interviews Thomas A. Discenna of Oakland University about the myriad ways that the labor of those employed by universities is situated as somehow distinct from ordinary labor. Focusing on a variety of sites where academic labor is discursively constructed... Read More
A. M. Ruppel, “Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
In this podcast, we interview Dr. Antonia Ruppel about Sanskrit Studies. Dr. Ruppel is the author the Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and also teaches online Sanskrit courses at Yogic Studies. Ideal for courses in beginning Sanskrit or self-study, this textbook employs modern, tried-and-tested pedagogical methods and... Read More
Jennifer Mercieca, “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump” (Texas AM UP, 2020)
Polarization, a disaffected and frustrated electorate, and widespread distrust of government, media, and traditional politicians set the stage in 2016 for an unprecedented presidential contest. For many, Donald Trump’s campaign speeches and other rhetoric seemed on the surface to be simplistic, repetitive, and disorganized. In Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical... Read More