Forging Global Fordism by Stefan J. Link

As the US rose to ascendancy in the first decades of the 20th century, observers abroad associated American economic power most directly with its burgeoning automobile industry. In the 1930s, in a bid to emulate and challenge America, engineers from across the world flocked to Detroit. Chief among

Systemic Corruption by Camila Vergara

This provocative book reveals how the majority of modern liberal democracies have become increasingly oligarchic, suffering from a form of structural political decay first conceptualized by ancient philosophers. Systemic Corruption argues that the problem cannot be blamed on the actions of corrupt

The Man Who Ran Washington

Edited by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser In The Man Who Ran Washington, veteran reporters Peter Baker (no relation) and Susan Glasser, a husband-and-wife team, offer an illuminating biographical portrait of James Baker, one that describes the arc of his career and, along the way, tells reader

Conditional Citizens

Author Laila Lalami structures Conditional Citizens as a series of personal vignettes and historical dives that are more broad than deep.Lalami was born in Morocco and came to the US for graduate school. She stayed because she fell in love with an American, whom she married.“Conditional

Our Bodies, Their Battlefields by Christina Lamb

This is a searing account of women’s suffering during war time.    Rape, Christina Lamb writes, is the “most neglected” war crime of the 1949 Geneva Convention.  “The Rwandan conviction of Mayor Akaseyu, who himself was directly responsible for the rape an

Hosts and Guests by Nate Klug

Nate Klug has been hailed by the Threepenny Review as a poet who is “an original in Eliot’s sense of the word.”  In Hosts and Guests, his exciting second collection, Klug revels in slippery roles and shifting environments. The poems move from a San Francisco tech bar and a

Goya: A Portrait of the Artist by Janis Tomlinson

The life of Francisco Goya (1746–1828) coincided with an age of transformation in Spanish history that brought upheavals in the country’s politics and at the court which Goya served, changes in society, the devastation of the Iberian Peninsula in the war against Napoleon, and an ensuin

An emotionally shattering take on Syrian life

Author Dima Wannous’s “The Frightened Ones,” masterfully translated by Elisabeth Jaquette in 2020,  was a finalist for the 2018 International Prize for Arabic. The novel takes readers on a haunting journey through history, time and protagonist Suleima’s mind

Agent Sonya

Author: Ben Macintire Ben Macintire has produced a jaw-dropping book about 20th-century espionage. “With unparalleled access to Sonya’s diaries and correspondence and never-before-seen information on her clandestine activities, Ben Macintire has written a history of a legendary secre

The Riddle of the Rosetta

Authors: Jed Z. Buchwald and Diane Greco Josefowicz In 1799, a French Army officer was rebuilding the defenses of a fort on the banks of the Nile when he discovered an ancient stele fragment bearing a decree inscribed in three different scripts. So begins one of the most familiar tales in Eg

Prototype Nation by Silvia M. Lindtner

How did China’s mass manufacturing and “copycat” production become transformed, in the global tech imagination, from something holding the nation back to one of its key assets? Prototype Nation offers a rich transnational analysis of how the promise of democratized innovation and

Rethinking Language, Mind, and Meaning by Scott Soames

In this book, Scott Soames argues that the revolution in the study of language and mind that has taken place since the late 19th century must be rethought. The central insight in the reigning tradition is that propositions are representational. To know the meaning of a sentence or the content of a


Author:Martha S. Jones Vanguard by Martha Jones is a nonfiction novel about how Black women fought for political power through America’s history.“While Jones writes about some of the famous Black female activists like Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Harriet Tubman, she also wri

Republic Of Wrath

Author: James A. Morone Political scientist James A. Morone surveys more than 200 years of partisan discord in this incisive and well-researched history.Monroe “marshals a vast amount of information into a brisk, accessible narrative, and draws illuminating contrasts between past and presen

The Great Secret

Author: Jennet Conant Historian Jennet Conant reveals the surprising links between chemotherapy and chemical weapons in this well-researched and engrossing account.The Great Secret is the gripping story of a chemical weapons catastrophe, its cover-up, and how one army doctor’s discovery led

How the Songs Work by Timothy Hampton

Bob Dylan’s reception of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature has elevated him beyond the world of popular music, establishing him as a major modern artist. However, until now, no study of his career has focused on the details and nuances of the songs, showing how they work as artistic statem

The Dictionary Wars by Peter Martin

The Dictionary Wars recounts the patriotic fervor in the early American republic to produce a definitive national dictionary that would rival Samuel Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary of the English Language. But what began as a cultural war of independence from Britain devolved into a battle among l

‘The Pact We Made’: Exploring family life in Kuwait

Layla Al-Ammar’s debut novel, “The Pact We Made,” takes readers to Kuwait and the rituals and life of a Kuwaiti family. A mother and father live with their two daughters, one of whom is married. The approaching thirtieth birthday of Dahlia, the unmarried daughter, has the family

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