Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday Book Review Roundup

James Chappell's Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church is reviewed at the Boston Review.

In The Washington Post is a review of Korea: Where the American Century Began by Michael Pemboke.
At Public Books is a review of the essays collected in Jackie Wang's Carceral CapitalismAlso at the site a review of Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine by Kelly Fanto Deetz.

In The New Yorker is a review of Julian Jackson's A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle.

The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption by Richard L. Hasen is reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books.  Also at LARB is a review of David Francis Taylor's The Politics of Parody: A Literary History of Caricature, 1760-1830.  Finally, the site carries a review of Dan Kaufman's The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics  and a review essay that takes up both The Fall of Wisconsin and Manuel Pastor's State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future.

Ruby Lal's Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan is reviewed in The New York Times.  Also at the NYT is Felicia Kornbluh's review of the young adult volume Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam.

At Dissent is an interview with anthropologist David Graeber on his Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

At The Nation, Kim Phillips-Fein reviews Mike Wallace's Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919At the Baffler, Phillips-Fein reviews both Khiara M. Bridges' The Poverty of Privacy Rights and Peter Edelman's Not a Crime to Be Poor.

Finally, there is a wide-ranging array of interviews at the New Books Network.  Gary Fields discusses his Enclosure: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical MirrorHeather Schoenfeld speaks about her Building the Prison State: Race and the Politics of Mass Incarceration.  Judith Weisenfeld talks about her New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration. Olga Velikanova is interviewed about her Mass Political Culture Under Stalinism: Popular Discussion of the Soviet Constitution of 1936Timothy J. Lombardo speaks about his Blue-Collar Conservatism Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia and Populist Politics.  Christina Gish Hill discusses her Webs of Kinship: Family in Northern Cheyenne Nationhood.  Kristen Epps is interviewed about her Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras.