Book Reviews

In this section you can read reviews of academic books covering the USA, and its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico. Each weekend we publish two reviews, aiming to cover a wide range of books on all aspects of public policy and politics.

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    Book Review: Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

Book Review: Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

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In Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon, Michael Engelhard takes readers on an encyclopaedic journey through time and space to explore the iconic positioning of the polar bear as food, enemy, spirit guide, monster, trade good and symbol of environmental crisis, amongst others. This is a beautifully illustrated and carefully curated book, offering comprehensive and fascinating insight into this […]

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    Book Review: In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime by Michael W. Flamm

Book Review: In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime by Michael W. Flamm

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In In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime, Michael W. Flamm draws on personal narratives and archival evidence to outline the development of the New York Riots of 1964 — instigated by the shooting of the fifteen-year-old black teenager, James Powell, by a white police officer — and their wider repercussions on the […]

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    Book Review: Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age by Nicole S. Cohen

Book Review: Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age by Nicole S. Cohen

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In Writer’s Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age, Nicole S. Cohen offers a new study of the working conditions of freelance writers in English-speaking Canada, the USA and the UK in an age of digital journalism. This is a lucid, informative and passionate defence of the central role that journalists continue to play in enriching democratic debate and […]

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    Book Review: Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds by Lisa Messeri

Book Review: Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds by Lisa Messeri

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In Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds, Lisa Messeri offers a new ethnographic study of how planetary scientists, geologists and astronomers engage in processes of imaginative place-making to know and explore the spaces of the cosmos. With the book particularly underscoring how these practices are often shaped around colonialist discourses, Taylor R. Genovese praises Messeri’s vivid, absorbing and […]

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    Book Review: The Despot’s Accomplice: How The West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy by Brian Klaas

Book Review: The Despot’s Accomplice: How The West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy by Brian Klaas

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In The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy, Brian Klaas provides a frontline account of the contemporary history of democracy, the current state of democracy promotion and the fundamental flaws in the West’s approach. This dynamic book offers convincing insight into the impact of current policy and proposals for future strategies that should be […]

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Fort Meade, MD

Photo date: 01-22-2014

Photo by Nate Pesce

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri stands for photo in front of the USO sign.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri visited the Fort Meade USO office on January 22. She signed autographs, took pictures, and met with soldiers from different branches of the military.Gallery

    Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

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In Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture, Vanita Reddy examines how beauty is a mobilising and socialising force implicated in the shaping of South Asian American identities, focusing on a range of cultural and literary texts drawn from the 1990s to the present. In showing beauty to be an active force in constructions of the social, […]

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    Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

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In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, investigative journalist Jane Mayer reveals how a elite group of plutocrats have effectively subjected the US political system to a process akin to corporate capture. This is a thorough, meticulously researched and compelling account of the financial takeover of US democracy that unveils the otherwise hidden […]

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    Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

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In Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop, Anna Lembke sheds light on the rise of prescription drug addiction in the USA, fuelled in part by the actions of doctors and the structure of the US healthcare system. As the book illuminates the causes and drivers behind the increasing […]

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    Book Review: On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration by Filiz Garip

Book Review: On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration by Filiz Garip

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Why do Mexicans migrate to the US? In On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration, Filiz Garip seeks to challenge overarching assumptions regarding the ‘typical’ Mexican migrant by instead showing the diverse experiences and push-pull factors that shape the decision to migrate from Mexico to the US. Iván Farías Pelcastre welcomes Garip’s distinctive approach as enabling scholars to […]

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    Book Review: A Persistent Revolution: History, Nationalism and Politics in Mexico since 1968 by Randal Sheppard

Book Review: A Persistent Revolution: History, Nationalism and Politics in Mexico since 1968 by Randal Sheppard

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In A Persistent Revolution: History, Nationalism and Politics in Mexico since 1968, Randal Sheppard explores the major political transformations in Mexico since 1968 through the prism of Mexican revolutionary nationalism to show how nationalist mythology surrounding the revolutionary state has been used to bolster both the elite and growing opposition movements. Sheppard astutely demonstrates the complexities of the post-1968 […]

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