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H. Glenn Penny, “Kindred by Choice: Germans and American Indians since 1800” (UNC Press, 2013)

If you have spent a bit of time in Germany or with German friends, you may have noticed the deep interest and affinity many Germans have for American Indians. What are the origins of this striking and enduring fascination? In many ways,


 2014-02-04  49m

Patricia Ebrey, “Emperor Huizong” (Harvard University Press, 2014)

Patricia Ebrey‘s beautifully written and exhaustively researched new book introduces readers to an emperor of China as artist, collector, father, ruler, scholar, patron, and human being. Emperor Huizong (Harvard University Press,


 2014-02-03  1h5m

Rebecca Williams, “Muhammad and the Supernatural: Medieval Arab Views” (Routledge, 2013)

Rebecca Williams‘ book Muhammad and the Supernatural: Medieval Arab Views (Routledge, 2013) is one of the newest additions to the Routledge Studies in Classic Islam series. Despite the Qur’anic proclamation that the only “miracle” which served as proof...


 2014-02-03  1h12m

Ravi K. Perry, “Black Mayors, White Majorities: The Balancing Act of Racial Politics” (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)

Do black mayors face a different governing challenge than other mayors? Ravi K. Perry explores this question in his Black Mayors, White Majorities: The Balancing Act of Racial Politics (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).


 2014-02-03  24m

Adam Jones, “The Scourge of Genocide: Essays and Reflections” (Routledge, 2013)

Being an academic is usually a forward-looking career.  You are generally focused on the next book or the next project (or perhaps the next class period).  Certainly, there may be times when you rethink an old judgment or return to a subject you’ve ign...


 2014-02-02  1h4m

Lauren Coodley, “Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual” (University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

Everybody knows the author of The Jungle was Upton Sinclair (or, if they’re a little confused, they might say Sinclair Lewis). As Lauren Coodley shows in her new biography Upton Sinclair: California Socialist,


 2014-02-01  56m

Thuy Linh Tu, “The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion” (Duke UP, 2010)

Thuy Linh Tu‘s The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion (Duke University Press, 2010) considers the recent rise of Asian Americans working in New York’s fashion industry,


 2014-02-01  53m

Joseph Carens, “The Ethics of Immigration” (Oxford UP, 2013)

It is commonly assumed that states have a right to broad discretionary control over immigration, and that they may decide almost in any way they choose, who may stay within the territory and who must leave.


 2014-02-01  57m

Hallam Stevens, “Life Out Of Sequence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics” (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Hallam Stevens‘s new book is a rich and fascinating ethnographic and historical account of the transformations wrought by integrating statistical and computational methods and materials into the biological sciences.


 2014-01-31  1h15m

Clare Mulley, “The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville” (St. Martin’s, 2013)

It’s almost a cliché by now to say that we need stories of strong women, but that doesn’t lessen the fact that we do. And biography is a field uniquely poised to transmit such stories- of compelling, complex and, at times,


 2014-01-31  40m