Lawrence R. SamuelShrink: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in America

June 20, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] Before the Second World War, very few Americans visited psychologists or psychiatrists. Today, millions and millions of Americans do. How did seeing a “shrink” become, quite suddenly, a typical part of the “American Experience?” In his fascinating book Shrink: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in America (Nebraska University Press, 2013), Lawrence R. Samuel examines [...]

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Michael F. ArmstrongThey Wished they were Honest: The Knapp Commission and New York City Police Corruption

June 19, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Terrorism and Organized Crime] Anyone who studies police corruption will be aware of the Knapp Commission that examined allegations of police corruption in New York City in the 1970s. Not only was this famous because of the movie Serpico, but also most of the terminology used in corruption studies of police [...]

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Shannon GleesonConflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston

June 18, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Shannon Gleeson is the author of Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston (Cornell University Press, 2012). Dr. Gleeson is assistant professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. San Jose, CA and Houston, TX are two of the [...]

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Howard MarshallPlay Me Something Quick and Devilish: Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri

June 18, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Music] What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin? What about the difference between a hornpipe and a reel, a hoedown and a breakdown? The answer to the former, of course, is that you don’t spill beer on a violin. For answers to the latter, I point you to Play [...]

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Marc MauerRace to Incarcerate

June 18, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Public Policy]  The American penitentiary model began as not merely a physical construct, but as a philosophical and religious one. Prisoners were to use their time in silence and isolation to contemplate their crimes/sins and to pursue God’s grace. Alexis de Tocqueville’s trip to America began not as a study [...]

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Michael BurlingameAbraham Lincoln: A Life

June 12, 2013

What can be gained from another biography of Abraham Lincoln? A lot, it turns out. Michael Burlingame has been researching the life and times of Abraham Lincoln during his entire career as a historian. As he explains in this interview, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Paperback; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) is based on decades of [...]

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Jonathan RauchDenial: My 25 Years Without a Soul

June 9, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Big Ideas] Nature or nurture? Inborn or learned? Genetic or extra-genetic? Humans are so complicated that in many cases we can’t really know what is “in us” from the beginning and what is “acquired” as we learn. And even when we find something that is “in us,” we can often find [...]

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Steve WaksmanThis Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk

June 6, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Popular Music] When I was a teenager growing up in the early 80s, I took it as an article of faith that punk rock and heavy metal were definably different genres. To be sure, punk and metal bands both played heavy, loud, and fast music, but beyond those sonic similarities, these [...]

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David J. SilbeyThe Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China

June 3, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Military History] Historian David Silbey returns to New Books in Military History with his second book, The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China (Hill and Wang, 2012). The popular uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion has long only been vaguely understood, with Hollywood playing as great a role in shaping common perception of the [...]

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Monica R. MillerReligion and Hip Hop

June 3, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Religion] The relationship between music and religion is a site of increasing interest to scholars within Religious Studies. Monica Miller, Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Lehigh University, explores the social processes and human activity related to Hip Hop music and its accompanying cultural expressions. In Religion and [...]

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