Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Book Review Roundup

With slight delay but without further ado, I post this week's Sunday Book Review Roundup:

David Oshinsky's Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital is reviewed in The Nation

In The Times Literary Supplement Ari Kelman reviews Ira Berlin's The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States and Manisha Sinha's The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

The New York Times reviews Phillipe Girard's Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life.  The paper also has a review of The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End by Robert Gerwarth.  Jack Weatherford's Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom is also reviewed.

Douglas Smith's Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs is reviewed the The Washington Post.

At H-Net is a review of Gary Clayton Anderson's Ethnic Cleansing and the Indian: The Crime That Should Haunt America.  Also at H-Net is a review of Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 by Andrew J. Torget.

NPR has a review of The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present by John Pomfret.

The Economist lists its take on 2016's best books in history here.

Lena Salaymeh is interviewed at the New Books Network about her Beginnings of Islamic Law Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions.  Gretchen Buggeln speaks about her The Suburban Church Modernism and Community in Postwar America.  Ruth Rogaski is interviewed about her Hygienic Modernity Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China.

Because we all might need a little respite from our particular intellectual worlds at this time in the semester - Leo Braudy's Haunted: Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books.  Jonathan Lamb's Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery in reviewed in Slate.  And in History Today is a review of The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India by Chandak Sengoopta.

Finally, Public Books has a review of Gareth Stedman Jones' Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion.