Denise BrennanLife Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States

May 20, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Gender Studies] Denise Brennan‘s second book, Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States (Duke University Press, 2014), examines how individuals who were trafficked into forced labor go about rebuilding their lives afterward. Through her ethnography of lived experience and her analysis of immigration policy, Brennan shows that trafficking and forced [...]

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Lawrence GoldstoneBirdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies

May 18, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Law] In Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies (Ballentine Books, 2014), Lawrence Goldstone recounts the discovery and mastery of aviation at the turn of the twentieth century—and all the litigation that ensued. Foremost amongst the legal battles in early aviation was the suits waged between the Wilbur and [...]

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Paula A. MichaelsLamaze: An International History

May 16, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] The twentieth-century West witnessed a revolution in childbirth. Before that time, most women gave birth at home and were attended by family members and midwives. The process was usually terribly painful for the mother. Beginning in the nineteenth century, however, doctors started to “medicalize” childbirth. Physicians began to think of ways to [...]

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Meghan Turbitt#FoodPorn

May 14, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Food] Don’t worry. Or do. The most graphic page of Meghan Turbitt’s new comic book, #FoodPorn (2014) has sushi covering all the risky parts. Turbitt says she was inspired to ink the 32-page comic by her dining experiences around her neighborhood in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. A taco vendor’s apron, resplendent with bits of spicy [...]

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Dede FeldmanInside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens

May 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Dede Feldman is the author of Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens (University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Feldman retired from the New Mexico Senate in 2012 and is a former journalist and now is a political commentator in Albuquerque. Feldman provides a first-hand account of the state legislative [...]

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Matthew Muehlbauer and David UlbrichWays of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century

May 7, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Military History] In their new survey for Routledge, military historians Matthew Muehlbauer and David Ulbrich move beyond a simplified critique of Russell F. Weigley’s critical “American Way of War” thesis to offer a reassessment of how the construct evolved from a number of original influences to take on various forms and applications as circumstances dictated.  [...]

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Patricia VenturaNeoliberal Culture: Living With American Neoliberalism

May 7, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Critical Theory] Culture is inescapably linked to questions of political economy. In Neoliberal Culture: Living With American Neoliberalism (Ashgate, 2012), Patricia Ventura explores the relationship between contemporary American culture and the ideology that seems to underpin much of American life. The book integrates a range of theoretical perspectives, including the work of Michel Foucault and [...]

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Terry GolwayMachine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

April 28, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Terry Golway is the author of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics (Liveright, 2014). Golway is a thirty year journalist for the New York Observer and New York Times. He is now director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy. Golway tells the story [...]

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Donald T. CritchlowWhen Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American Politics

April 27, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] It seems that everyone in Hollywood is on the political Left. “Seems” is the operative word here, because there are actually Republicans in pictures, at least according to this website. (NB: I have no idea whether the folks who created this list know what they’re talking about, so beware.) Nonetheless, [...]

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Jamie Cohen-ColeThe Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature

April 26, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Science, Technology, and Society] Jamie Cohen-Cole’s new book explores the emergence of a discourse of creativity, interdisciplinarity, and the “open mind” in the context of Cold War American politics, education, and society. The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature (University of Chicago Press, 2014) considers how open-mindedness took on [...]

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