Book Reviews

In this section of the blog you can read reviews of all the latest books relevant to British politics and policy. Each Sunday we publish two reviews, originating from the LSE Review of Books, aiming to cover a wide range of academic and non-academic books on all aspects of public policy and politics. Whether you’re interested in Benjamin Disraeli’s influence on David Cameron’s policies, the inside story of the Miliband Labour leadership battle, or the history of women in British politics since the 1700s, you’re sure to find all the essential information on these pages. Scroll down to browse the archive.

If you’d like to read more reviews of academic titles from across the social sciences, visit our sister blog, the LSE Review of Books. And if you’re interested in writing a review for the blog or if you would like to see your book reviewed here, please contact our our book reviews editor Amy Mollett at lsereviewofbooks@lse.ac.uk.

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    Book Review: Enemy on the Euphrates The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914–1921

Book Review: Enemy on the Euphrates The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914–1921

Enemy on the Euphrates: The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914-1921 documents the British Empire’s occupation of Iraq during the First World War and the subsequent uprising against its rule. The author, Ian Rutledge, offers ‘a story of imperial arrogance and plunder, and the inevitable reaction that it generates’, writes William Eichler.

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    Book Review: The Politics of Third Wave Feminisms: Neoliberalism, Intersectionality, and the State in Britain and the US

Book Review: The Politics of Third Wave Feminisms: Neoliberalism, Intersectionality, and the State in Britain and the US

In The Politics of Third Wave Feminisms: Neoliberalism, Intersectionality, and the State in Britain and the US, Elizabeth Evans produces a volume that discusses the concept and practice of intersectionality and the impact of neoliberal policies on third wave Feminism in Britain and the US, writes Isabel Lopez Ruiz, who recommends it to anyone with a passing interest in Feminism, specialist or otherwise.

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    Book review: Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies

Book review: Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies

Thrive explores the new effective solutions to the misery and injustice caused by mental illness. It describes how successful psychological treatments have been developed and explains what works best for whom. It also urges us to do all we can to prevent these problems in the first place, through better schools and a better society. Marion Koob reviews, writing that […]

Book Review: Muslim Citizens in the West

The integration of Muslim communities into Western societies is a difficult and strained subject, with myth and misunderstanding rife. This new collection, edited by Samina Yasmeen and Nina Marković brings together academic perspectives from Europe, Australia, and Asia. While not agreeing with every word of every contribution, Elaine Housby finds the collection a useful addition to the literature in […]

Book Review: The Relevance of Political Science

A new collection engages directly with how political science can achieve wider relevance as a discipline. Matt Wood finds The Relevance of Political Science a must read for any scholar interested in the impact debate and he welcomes a return to the more social constructivist ideas of impact through teaching and learning. But there is a risk this relevance […]

Book Review: Islam: An Introduction

Islam: An Introduction gives much attention to questions of universal values, Islam and democracy, gender issues, women’s rights and pluralism, while attempting to constrain the thinking of Jihadists and radical Islamism with liberal reformist voices within Islam. William Eichler thinks a more nuanced understanding of Islam is certainly needed in the English-speaking world and this book will contribute to that. 

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    Book Review: On the Commodity Trail: The Journey of a Bargain Store Product from East to West

Book Review: On the Commodity Trail: The Journey of a Bargain Store Product from East to West

Inspired by Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, On the Commodity Trail explores the colourful and fascinating histories of everyday objects. Susan Marie Martin finds the author’s writing style, which includes historical ironies, and parallels between concepts and lived experience, have created a text accessible to a broad, curious readership.
On the Commodity Trail: The Journey of a Bargain Store Product from East to West. Alison Hulme. Bloomsbury. […]

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    Book Review: The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State

Book Review: The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State

The early 21st century has presented considerable challenges to the problem-solving capacity of the contemporary state in the industrialised world. Among the many uncertainties, anxieties and tensions, it is, however, the cumulative challenge of fiscal austerity, demographic developments, and climate change that presents the key test for contemporary states. This book considers the state of governance in the current period […]

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