New Titles. Politics. Economics. Spring 2019- 2

Winners Take All; The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas. Knopf. A look at philanthropy, capitalism, and inequality to ascertain who owns what.

Red Flags; Why XI’s China Is in Jeopardy by George Magnus. Yale University Press. China has become a large and confident world power but it also faces several challenges: debt, rising expectations amongst middle income Chinese, the currency and an aging population.

The Embattled Vote in America; From the Founding to the Present by Allan Lichtman. Harvard University Press. The right to vote has both expanded and contracted over time, depending on political circumstances, and politicians have often purposefully stuck out after distinct classes of voters. Women, for example; more recently ex-cons.

Democracy’s Detectives; The Economics of Investigative Journalism by James Hamilton. Harvard University Press. Investigative journalism holds governments and private institutions accountable to the public. It works amazingly well.

Rage for Order; The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800 to 1850 by Lauren Benton & Lisa Ford. Harvard University Press. Authors trace the origins of international law back to the law of empires, and particularly Britain’s sprawling efforts to fashion an imperial constitution.

The Invention of the Passport; Surveillance, Citizenship and the State by John Torpey. Cambridge University Press, paper. The passport became essential to controlling movement in the contemporary world. It has made individuals dependent on the states’ authority to move about.

Billionaires and Stealth Politics by Benjamin Page, et al. University of Chicago Press. Paper. After fiery campaign rhetoric and promises to the working class, President Trump’s language changed. And then there was the revelation that rather than a self-made millionaire, Trump had gotten “start-up capital” from his rich father.

Winners Take All; The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas. Knopf. A look at philanthropy, capitalism and inequalities designed by the well-off.

Currency Statecraft; Monetary Rivalry and Geopolitical Ambition by Benjamin Cohen. University of Chicago Press. Paper. When national currencies begin to be used to settle trade transactions, they provide an opportunity for what Cohen calls currency statecraft.

Disenfranchising Democracy; Constructing the Electorate in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France by David Bateman. Cambridge University Press. Paper. The removal of property and taxpaying qualifications to vote was accomplished by the disenfranchisement of African American men, for example. The “electorate” has been altered to create majorities.

Every Man a King; A Short, Colorful History of American Populists by Chris Stirewalt. Twelve. American populism has generally been home to quite an assortment of characters, kooks, cranks and sometime charlatans.

New Titles. Politics. Economics. Spring 2019. 3

The Empire of the Eagle; An Illustrated Natural History by Mike Unwin & David Tipling. Yale University Press. A celebration of the world’s 68 recognized eagle species and their considerable allure.

Ganges; The Many Pasts of an Indian River by Sudipta Sen. Yale University Press. India’s most important and sacred river. Here is an account of the communities that have arisen on its banks.

The Twice Born; Life and Death on the Ganges by Aatish Taseer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A visit to Benares to converse with Brahmins and gain some impression of their priestly business.

Spying on Whales; The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson. Viking. A deep-dive into natural history.

Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism by Hannah Holleman. Yale University Press. This economic and ecological disaster that ravaged the US southern plains. The “Dust Bowl” has become an referent when discussing climate change.

Third Thoughts by Steven Weinberg. Harvard University Press. Essayist and author of the classic The First Three Minutes. Winner of a Nobel Prize.

The Way of Coyote; Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds by Gavin Van Horn. University of Chicago Press. Majestic mountains! Churning oceans! Van Horn finds his nature, to roam our open spaces, landing on our window sills.

Cabbage; A Global History by Meg Muckenhoupt. Reaktown Books. Food lovers and historians who think of cabbage for their daily dose of leafy greens. Maybe not every day!

Eating NAFTA; Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico by Alyshia Gálvez. University of California Press. Paper. Mexican cuisine has emerged as globalization. The taco has claimed ground around the world. But Mexicans are eating fewer tortillas and more processed food.

The Fishmeal Revolution; The Industrialization of the Humboldt Current Ecosystem by Kristin Wintersteen. University of California Press. Paper. Off the coast of Chile and Peru, this cool current mingles with nutrients from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, fostering a productive ecosystem that supports a huge population of fish. That provides a major source of animal feed for chickens, hogs, and fish farming; that, in turn feeds us.

End of the Megafauna; The Fate of the World’s Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals by Ross MacPhee & Peter Schouten, illus. W.W. Norton. What caused the disappearance of these prehistoric behemoths? The author explores the various extinction theories, weighs the evidenc, and presents his own conclusion.