Morten Jerven, author of Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It, was featured in the November 13 issue of the Toronto Globe and Mail:
Stephen Hopgood, author of The Endtimes of Human Rights and Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International, appeared with Bianca Jagger on the BBC Radio 4 program Start the Week on November 25, 2013. Listen here.
Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe by Michael D. Bailey is reviewed in issue 309 of Fortean Times. Here’s an excerpt:
“This is no pop history of spells and hexes. Michael D. Bailey’s approach to late mediæval superstition highlights the
challenges of determining what constitutes acceptable spiritual practice. He emphasises that an exact definition of superstition may not exist: superstition itself is slippery and protean. The key word is boundaries: when did behaviour cross the line from proper to improper religious devotion? Bailey drives his inquiry with a larger concern about ‘how
people understand metaphysical forces,’ which applies not just to superstition, but to religion overall.”
Charity Vogel, author of The Angola Horror: The 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads, is interviewed in Failure Magazine. Read the interview here.
We are sad to report the death on November 29, 2013, of Michael G. Kammen, Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture Emeritus at Cornell University and the author of several books from Cornell University Press, including People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization (winner of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in History), Selvages and Biases: The Fabric of History in American Culture, A Season of Youth: The American Revolution and the Historical Imagination, and Spheres of Liberty: Changing Perceptions of Liberty in American Culture.
American historian Michael G. Kammen dies at 77 (Cornell Chronicle)
Recent arrivals in our warehouse include:
The Roots of Terrorism in Indonesia: From Darul Islam to Jem’ah Islamiyah by Solahudin
The Sanctity of Louis IX: Early Lives of Saint Louis by Geoffrey of Beaulieu and William of Chartres, edited by M. Cecilia Gaposchkin and Sean L. Field and translated by Larry F. Field
Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories, edited by Andrew Garrod, Robert Kilkenny, and Christina Gómez
“On Baile’s Strand”: Manuscript Materials by W. B. Yeats, edited by Jared Curtis and Declan Kiely
Bedside Manners: Play and Workbook by Suzanne Gordon, Lisa Hayes, and Scott Reeves
Presence: Philosophy, History, and Cultural Theory for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Ranjan Ghosh and Ethan Kleinberg
Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia by Valerie Kivelson
Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing by Jamie K. McCallum
Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy by Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum
Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era by Stephen J. Silvia
Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development by Emily T. Yeh
Libanius the Sophist: Rhetoric, Reality, and Religion in the Fourth Century by Raffaella Cribiore
The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory Revisited by Peter Uwe Hohendahl
State Erosion: Unlootable Resources and Unruly Elites in Central Asia by Lawrence P. Markowitz