Books out for Review


If you would like to write a review please send a request to Ruth at usso[at] and include the following information:

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Call for Reviewers: Special Series, ‘State of the Discipline’

US Studies Online are looking for reviewers for the following texts, which will form part of a series examining the wider, ‘state of the discipline’. The series aims to survey the work of the field, whilst also celebrating its diversity.

Robert S. Levine, The Lives of Frederick Douglass (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Forthcoming 2018

Gavin Wright, Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South, (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Timothy J. Shannon, Indian Captive, Indian King: Peter Williamson in America and Britain, (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Carrie Hyde, Civic Longing: The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship, (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Paul Finkelman, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court, (Harvard University Press, 2018).

The Americas

Marc Becker, The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files, (Duke University Press, 2017)

Ricardo Salvatore, Disciplinary Conquest: US Scholars in South America, 1900-1945 (Duke University Press, 2016)

Michael E. Neagle, America’s Forgotten Colony: Cuba’s Isle of Pines, (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Ernesto Semán, Ambassadors of the Working Class: Argentina’s International Labor Activists and Cold War Democracy in the Americas, (Duke University Press, 2017)

Peter Guardino, The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War, (Harcard University Press, 2017)

Peter James Hudson, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

The Atlantic World

Peter C. Mancall, Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

Jeremy Braddock and Jonathan P. Eburne (eds.), Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017)


Justin Gest, The New Minority: Whote Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality, (Oxford University Press, 2016).

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, (Harper Collins, 2016).

Peter J. Marina, Down and Out in New Orleans: Transgressive Living in the Informal Economy, (Columbia University Press, 2017)

Chin Jou, Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help, (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Culture, Literature and Art

Carrie Tirado Bramen, American Niceness: A Cultural History, (Harcard University Press, 2017)

Richard Cándida Smith, Improvised Continent: Pan-Americanism and Cultural Exchange (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

Colin Wells, Poetry Wars: Verse and Politics in the American Revolution and Early Republic, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

Daniel Kane, “Do You Have A Band?”: Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City, (Columbia University Press, 2017)

Karen May Davalos, Chicana/o Remix: Art and Errata since the Sixties, (New York University Press, 2017)

Althea McDowell, Big Bosses: A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America, (Chicago University Press, 2016).

Joel Dinerstein, The Origins of Cool in Postwar America, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Nicholas Gebhardt, Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

John Gennari, Flavor and Soul: Italian America at its African American Edge, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Molly Haskell, From Reverance to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies (Third Edition), (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Gender and sexuality

Riki Wilchins, TRANS/gressive: How Transgender Activists took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media and Congress…and Won!, (Riverdale Avenue Books, 2017).

Eileen Suarez Findlay, We Are Left Without a Father Here: Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Postwar Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, 2014)

Katherine Turk, Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Elizabeth Cobbs, The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Jennifer Musto, Control and Protect: Collaboration, Carceral Protection, and Domestic Sex Trafficking in the United States, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016).

Timothy Stewart-Winter, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)


Tracy Neumann, Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Gregory L. Simon, Flame and Fortune in the American West: Urban Development, Environmental Change, and the Great Oakland Hills Fire, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016).

Brian McCammack, Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

John R. McNeill, Mining North America: An Environmental History since 1522, (University of Califronia Press, 2017)


Edward E. Curtis IV, Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service, (Indiana University Press, 2016).

Thomas Faith, Behind the Gas Mask: The US Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace (University of Illinois Press, 2014)

Robert E. Gallamore and John R Meyer, American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century, (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Patrick Gregory and Elizabeth Nurser, An American on the Western Front:The First World War Letters of Arthur Clifford Kimber, (The History Press, 2016).

Benjamin Jones, Eisenhower’s Guerrillas: The Jedburghs, the Maquis, and the Liberation of France (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Brian McAllister Linn, Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield, (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Noam Maggor, Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America’s First Gilded Age, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Kori Schake, Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony, (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Ronit Y. Stahl, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Jon D. Michaels, Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic

Edward N. Wolff, A Century of Wealth in America, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Melvyn P. Leffler,  Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015, (Princeton University Press, 2017).

Tom Cutterham, Gentlemen Revolutionaries:Power and Justice in the New American Republic, (Princeton University Press, 2017).

Josh Lauer, A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America, (Columbia University, July 2017)

Richard A. McKay, Patient Zero and the Making of the Aids Epidemic, (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Julia L. Mickenberg, American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream, (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Aaron B. O’Connell, Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan, (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Native America

Chip Colwell, Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)


William H. Chafe, Hillary and Bill: The Clintons and the Politics of the Personal, (Duke University Press, 2016).

Osamah F. Khalil, America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State, (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Charles Musser, Politicking and Emergent Media: US Presidential Elections of the 1890s, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016).

David Rudenstine, The Age of Deference: The Supreme Court, National Security, and the Constitutional Order, (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Bruce Robbins and Paulo Lemos Horta, Cosmopolitanisms, (New York University Press, 2017)


Manuel Barcia, West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807-1844 (OUP, 2014)

Daniel W. Crofts, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery, (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016)

Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity, (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Benjamin René Jordan, Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Matthew Karp, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Ruth Carbonette Yow, Students of the Dream: Resegregation in a Southern City, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Eric Lott, Black Mirror: The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Toni Morrison, The Origin of Others, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Sean L. Malloy, Out of Oakland: Black Panther Party Internationalism during the Cold War, (Cornell University Press, 2017)

Alex Zamalin, Struggle on Their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance, (Columbia University Press, 2017)


Cara Lea Burnidge, A Peaceful Conquest: Woodrow Wilson, Religion and the New World Order, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Mary Campbell, Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

The United States and the World

Perin E Gurel, The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey, (Columbia University Press, 2017)



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