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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Listed in order of publication date, where available. This page is updated regularly. Please see below for our current suggestions of new books available for review.

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.

Michael Denning, Noise Uprising (London: Verso, 2015)

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

Andrew Lipman, Salt Water Frontier (Yale University Press, 2015)

Miles Powells, Vanishing America (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Forthcoming 2017

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

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

Nathaniel Frank, Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

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

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)

Robert M. Thorson, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Currently available: 2016


Patrick J. Comiskey, American Rhone: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016).

Katherine Irwin, Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016).

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

Ulrich Oslender, The Geographies of Social Movements: Afro-Colombian Mobilization and the Aquatic Space (Duke University Press, 2016)

Richard Schweid, Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016).


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)


Matthew Desmond: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, (Allen Lane, 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).

Dorcetta Taylor, The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection (Duke University Press, 2016)


David Brundage, Irish Nationalists in America: The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998 (Oxford University Press, 2016)

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)

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

James Humes, Presidents and Their Pens: The Story of White House Speechwriters (Hamilton Books, 2016)

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

Louis Sell, From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR (Duke University Press, 2016)

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


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)


Michał Choiński,  The Rhetoric of the Revival: The Language of the Great Awakening Preachers, (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016).


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