Sean MetzgerChinese Looks: Fashion, Performance, Race

December 28, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Asian American Studies] Sean Metzger‘s Chinese Looks: Fashion, Performance, Race (Indiana University Press 2014), examines how, in the past 150 years, China was rendered legible to Americans through items of clothing and adornment. Professor Metzger offers a rich and detailed study of Chinese fashion, calling it the “Sino/American interface” that marks political and cultural [...]

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Jeff SmithFerguson in Black and White

December 22, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Jeff Smith is the author of Ferguson in Black and White (Kindle Single, 2014). Smith is assistant professor of political science at The New School’s Milano Graduate School. Smith writes this book from a position of academic and personal expertise. He grew up in the area and served as a state representative [...]

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Daniel O. ProstermanDefining Democracy: Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Power in New York City

December 20, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] Daniel Prosterman‘s new book Defining Democracy: Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Power in New York City (Oxford University Press, 2013) investigates a neglected topic in U.S. history: the occasional efforts by reformers over the years to bring proportional representation to America. No democracy in the world today is less representative by the standard [...]

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Dick LehrThe Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War

December 19, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Film] Many books on film discuss the artistic aspects of movies, often as they relate to social and political events that affected the filmmakers. In his book The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War (PublicAffairs, 2014), journalist/professor Dick Lehr uses a controversial film to tell a [...]

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Matthew A. SuttonAmerican Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism

December 17, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Intellectual History] Matthew Avery Sutton is the author of three books:  Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America (2007), Jerry Falwell and the Rise of the Religious Right: A Brief History with Documents (2012), and, most recently, American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism (Harvard University Press, 2014), which is the subject of this interview [...]

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Jason SokolAll Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn

December 17, 2014

When it came to race relations, the post-World War Two North was different — better — than the South. Or so white people in the northeast told themselves. While Jason Sokol argues that there was a real basis for what he calls the “northern mystique,” his new book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and [...]

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Mark R. AndersonThe Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776

December 15, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Military History] My most current guest is Mark R. Anderson, author of The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776 (University Press of New England, 2014).  Anderson’s award-winning book presents the most detailed and nuanced study of the entire Quebec campaign in print today.  Long an under-represented campaign in [...]

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Susan SchultenMapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Geography] Our everyday lives are saturated with maps. We use maps on our smart phones to help us navigate from place to place. Maps in the newspaper and online show us the spread of disease, the state of the planet, and the conflicts among nations. Susan Schulten‘s Mapping the Nation: History and [...]

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Michael HawkinsMaking Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines’ Muslim South

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Islamic Studies] For many Muslim communities particular religious identities were formulated or hardened within colonial realities. These types of cultural encounters were structural for the various Muslim tribes in the southern Philippine islands of Mindanao and Sulu during the turn of the twentieth century. In Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule [...]

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General Daniel BolgerWhy We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] During the past several years, numerous books and articles have appeared that grapple with the legacy and lessons of the recent U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This development should surprise few. The emergence of the jihadist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria raises profound questions about what the [...]

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