New Books: June & July 2020

Posted
June 09, 2020

New & Upcoming Books by Our Faculty:

 Inky Fingers The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe  Anthony GraftonInky Fingers: The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe
Anthony Grafton (June 9)

From Francis Bacon to Barack Obama, thinkers and political leaders have denounced humanists as obsessively bookish and allergic to labor. In this celebration of bookmaking in all its messy and intricate detail, renowned historian Anthony Grafton invites us to see the scholars of early modern Europe as diligent workers. Meticulously illuminating the physical and mental labors that fostered the golden age of the book—the compiling of notebooks, copying and correction of texts and proofs, preparation of copy—he shows us how the exertions of scholars shaped influential books, treatises, and forgeries. Read more.

Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections by Stacey Abrams, Carol Anderson, Kevin M. Kruse, Heather Cox Richardson and Heather Ann ThompsonVoter Suppression in U.S. Elections
by Stacey Abrams, Carol Anderson, Kevin M. Kruse, Heather Cox Richardson, and Heather Ann Thompson; edited by Jim Downs (June 15)

Historians have long been engaged in telling the story of the struggle for the vote. In the wake of recent contested elections, the suppression of the vote has returned to the headlines, as awareness of the deep structural barriers to the ballot, particularly for poor, black, and Latino voters, has called attention to the historical roots of issues related to voting access. Read more.


Burning Down the House Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party by Julian ZelizerBurning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party
Julian E. Zelizer (July 7)

When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, President Obama observed that Trump “is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party.” In Burning Down the House, historian Julian Zelizer pinpoints the moment when our country was set on a path toward an era of bitterly partisan and ruthless politics, an era that was ignited by Newt Gingrich and his allies. Read more.