Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Book Review Roundup

There is a rich array of work reviewed this week:

The Theatre of Death: Rituals of Justice from the English Civil Wars to the Restoration by P.J. Klemp is reviewed at Marginalia.

The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order by David Levering Lewis is reviewed in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

In The New York Times is a review of These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore.  Also in The New York Times is a review of Carol Anderson's One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.

Merve Emre's The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing is reviewed in The New Republic.  Also reviewed in The New Republic is Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood by Joshua Keating.

At The New Rambler is a review of Why Love Leads to Justice: Love across the Boundaries by David A.J. Richards.

Elaine Mokhtefi's Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers is reviewed at Public Books.

At H-Net is a review of Britt Tevis' Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet.  Also reviewed at H-Net is Steven M. Gillon's Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism.  Keisha N. Blain's Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom is also reviewed at the site.

In The Federal Lawyer is a review of The Constitutional Evolution of Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories: (1898-Present) by Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpí.

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing by Joshua Boughton is reviewed at History Today.

In the Boston Review is an excerpt from Helena Rosenblatt's The Lost History of Liberalism From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century.

There are several excellent review essays in The New York Review of Books.  Renief de Graaf reviews Brian McCammack's Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago  and Ben Austen's High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing.  Sue Halpern reviews Sarah E. Igo's The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, Cyrus Farivar's Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech, Mary Ziegler's Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Battle for Privacy, and Woodrow Harzog's Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies.  

Finally, Jackson Lears' essay at the NYRB takes up  In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea by Danny Goldberg, New Reformation: Notes of a Neolithic Conservative by Paul Goodman, The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America by Doug Rossinow, 1968: The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution by Robert C. Cottrell and Blaine T. Browne, 1968: Radical Protest and Its EnemiesBallots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland by James Robenalt, Struggle for a Better South: The Southern Student Organizing Committee, 1964-1969 Gregg L. Michel, The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition by Theodore Roszak, and Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s edited by Robert Cohen and David J. Snyder.

Geoff Mann's In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution is reviewed in the London Review of Books.

There are several new interviews posted at the New Books Network.  Jeremy Martens speaks about his Empire and Asian Migration: Sovereignty, Immigration Restriction and Protest in the British Settler Colonies, 1888-1907.  Jonathan W. White discusses his Lincoln on Law, Leadership, and Life.
Rebecca Reich introduces her State of Madness: Psychiatry, Literature, and Dissent After StalinJoseph Ben Prestel speaks about his Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910Michael Szonyi discusses his The Art of Being Governed: Everyday Politics in Late Imperial ChinaBenjamin Carter Hett speaks about his The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic.  Finally, Keri Merritt and Matthew Hild discuss their Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power.