Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Book Review Roundup

In The New York Review of Books is an essay by Adam Hochschild featuring reviews of Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry by Patrick J. Charles, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West by James Pogue.

Image result for WAGES FOR HOUSEWORK: THE NEW YORK COMMITTEE 1972–1977Sylvia Federici and Arlen Austin's Wages for Housework The New York Committee 1972–1977: History, Theory, Documents is reviewed in The Nation.  The text, says the review,"is one of those rare books that takes the reader inside the theory and practice of a radical movement."

In The Times Literary Supplement, Amy Murrell Taylor's reviews of Eugene Genovese's posthumous The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at HomeWhile emphasizing the many "troubling" aspects of Genovese's posthumous work, Murrell Taylor concludes her review by evoking  the questions that animated Genovese's earlier work and suggests that it "is as necessary as ever" for scholars to center the interiorities of enslaved persons and "ask about their point of view."

In the Los Angeles Review of Books is a review of Nino and Me: My Unusual Friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia by Bryan Garner.

At H-Net is a review of Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England by Tom Lambert.

Theodore Vial's Modern Religion, Modern Race is reviewed at Marginalia.
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Joshua B. Freeman's Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World is reviewed in the New York Times.  Freeman's work, the review argues, offers a timely demystification of the nostalgia surrounding manufacturing and serves to poignantly remind readers "how truly disruptive the manufacturing age was."

Also in the Times is a review of Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum by Kathryn Hughes.

At the New Books Network Daniel Livesay speaks about his Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733-1833.  Kali Nicole Gross discusses her Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America.  Matthew Clavin introduces his Aiming for Pensacola Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers. Finally, Yair Mintzker is interviewed about his The Many Deaths of Jew Süss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew.