Books out for Review


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Call for Reviewers: Special Series, ‘The History of the United States’

US Studies Online is looking for reviewers for the following texts, which will form part of a series examining various aspects of the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present day. The series aims to survey the work of the field, whilst also celebrating its diversity.

Jason C. Parker, Hearts, Minds, Voices: U.S. Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World, (Oxford University Press, 2016)

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

Gary Gerstle, Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present, (Princeton University Press, 2017)

Sowande’ M. Mustakeem, Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage, (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

Marisa J. Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Sandra F. VanBurkleo, Gender Remade: Citizenship, Suffrage, and Public Power in the New Northwest, 1879–1912, (Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society), (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Paul R. D. Lawrie, Forging a Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination, (Culture, Labor, History), (New York University Press, 2016)

William A. Taylor, Military Service and American Democracy: From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan War (Modern War Studies), (University Press of Kansas, 2016)

Michael Lewis, The Coming of Southern Prohibition: The Dispensary System and the Battle over Liquor in South Carolina, 1907–1915, (Louisiana State University Press, 2016)

Harry N. Scheiber and  Jane L. Scheiber, Bayonets in Paradise: Martial Law in Hawaiʻi during World War II, (University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2016)

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)

Clifton Hood, In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City’s Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis, (Columbia University Press, 2017)

Culture, Literature and Art

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

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

Nicholas Gebhardt, Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929, (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

John MacKilgore, Mania for Freedom: American Literatures of Enthusiasm from the Revolution to the Civil War, (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Mario T. García, Literature as History: Autobiography, Testimonio, and the Novel in the Chicano and Latino Experience, (University of Arizona Press, 2016)

Katharina Vester, A Taste of Power: Food and American Identities, (University of California Press, 2015)

Gender and sexuality

Karin L. Zipf, Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory, (Louisiana State University 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)

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

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

Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs and Jennifer L. Morgan (eds.), Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

Nicholas L. Syrett, American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States, (University of North Carolina 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).

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

Charles S. Maier, Once within Borders: Territories of Power, Wealth, and Belonging since 1500, (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016)

William Rankin, After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Geoff Cunfer and Bill Waiser (eds.), Bison and People on the North American Great Plains: A Deep Environmental History, (Texas A&M University Press, 2016)

María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States, (Duke University Press, 2016)


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

Peter Knight, Reading the Market: Genres of Financial Capitalism in Gilded Age America (New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History), (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016)

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

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

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

Eric Nelson, The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding, (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Daegan Miller, This Radica Land: A Natural Hostory of American Dissent, (University of Chicago Press, 2018)

Alan Taylor, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750–1804 (W. W. Norton, 2016)

Lydia Mattice Brandt, First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington’s Mount Vernon in the American Imagination, (University of Virginia Press, 2016)

James Naylor, The Fate of Labour Socialism: The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Dream of a Working-Class Future, (University of Toronto Press, 2016)

Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham (eds.), Reframing 1968: American Politics, Protest and Identity, (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

Native America

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

György Ferenc Tóth, From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie: The Alliance for Sovereignty between Americans Indians and Central Europeans in the Late Cold War, (State University of New York Press, 2016)

David A. Chang, The World and All the Things upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration, (University of Minnesota 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)

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

Jeffrey K. Tulis, The Rhetorical Presidency, (Princeton University Press, 2017)


Elaine Frantz Parsons, Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction, (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

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)

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

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

Richard Follett, Sven Beckert, Peter Coclanis, and Barbara Hahn, Plantation Kingdom: The American South and Its Global Commodities, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016)

Eli Lederhendler, American Jewry: A New History (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Lynda J. Morgan, Known for My Work: African American Ethics from Slavery to Freedom, (University Press of Florida, 2016)

Russell Rickford, We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination, (Oxford University Press, 2016)

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


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

David A. Hollinger, Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America, (Princeton University Press, 2017)

Susan Juster, Sacred Violence in Early America, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

The United States and the World

Ron Robin, The Cold World They Made: The Strategic Legacy of Roberta and Albert Wohlstetter, (Harvard University Press, 2016)

David Milne, Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017)

Gregg A. Brazinsky, Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War, (The University Of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Mark Philip Bradley, The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Jonathan Eacott, Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600–1830, (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Hal Brands, Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order, (Cornell University Press, 2016)

Toby C. Rider, Cold War Games: Propaganda, the Olympics, and U.S. Foreign Policy, (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

Stephen R. Porter, Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Sönke Kunkel, Empires of Pictures: Global Media and the 1960s Remaking of American Foreign Policy, (Berghahn Books, 2016)

Liam Kennedy, Afterimages: Photography and U.S. Foreign Policy, (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Gregory M. Tomlin, Murrow’s Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration, (Potomac Books, 2016)

Jeffrey James Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization and the Third World Order, (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Nancy Mitchell, Jimmy Carter in Africa: Race and the Cold War, (Stanford University Press, 2016)

Megan Threlkeld, Pan American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)











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