Guest Books

To Conserve Unimpaired

The Evolution of the National Park Idea


When the national park system was first established in 1916, the goal “to conserve unimpaired” seemed straightforward. But Robert Keiter argues that parks have always served a variety of competing purposes, from wildlife protection and scientific discovery to tourism and…

Hear Robert Keiter’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/24/2017

The Public in Peril

Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism


This is one of the first books to thoroughly critique the rise of Trumpism and its potential impact, nationally and? globally. One of the world’s leading social critics, Giroux offers new critiques of Trump and his early Cabinet choices in…

Hear Henry Giroux's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/24/2017

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President


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This is not normal. Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals…

Hear Dr. Lance Dodes' latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/23/2017

Fighting to the End

The Pakistan Army's Way of War


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Since Pakistan was founded in 1947, its army has dominated the state. The military establishment has locked the country in an enduring rivalry with India, with the primary aim of wresting Kashmir from it. To that end, Pakistan initiated three…

Hear Christine Fair’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/22/2017

Licensed to Kill

Hired Guns in the War on Terror


Enter a blood-soaked world of South African mercenaries and tribal fighters backed by ruthless financiers. Drop into Baghdad’s Green Zone, strap on body armor, and take a daily high-speed ride with a doomed crew of security contractors who dodge car…

Hear Robert Young Pelton's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/22/2017

Debtors’ Prison

The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility


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Since the collapse of September 2008, the conversation about economic recovery has centered on the question of debt: whether we have too much of it, whose debt to forgive, and how to cut the deficit. These questions dominated the sound…

Hear Robert Kuttner’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/21/2017

The Power Problem

How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free


Numerous polls show that Americans want to reduce our military presence abroad, allowing our allies and other nations to assume greater responsibility both for their own defense and for enforcing security in their respective regions. In The Power Problem, Christopher…

Hear Christopher Preble’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/21/2017

From the New Deal to the New Right

Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism


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The role the South has played in contemporary conservatism is perhaps the most consequential political phenomenon of the second half of the twentieth century. The region’s transition from Democratic stronghold to Republican base has frequently been viewed as a recent…

Hear Joseph Lowndes' latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/17/2017

Blood and Politics

The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream


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An internationally recognized expert on the subject who received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work, Zeskind ties together seemingly disparate strands—from neo-Nazi skinheads, to Holocaust deniers, to Christian Identity churches, to David Duke, to the militia and beyond. Among these…

Hear Leonard Zeskind’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/17/2017

Messengers of the Right

Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics


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Beginning in the late 1940s, activists working in media emerged as leaders of the American conservative movement. They not only started an array of enterprises—publishing houses, radio programs, magazines, book clubs, television shows—they also built the movement. They coordinated rallies,…

Hear Nicole Hemmer’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/13/2017

It’s Even Worse Than It Was

How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism


Hyperpartisanship is as old as American democracy. But now, acrimony is not confined to a moment; it’s a permanent state of affairs and has seeped into every part of the political process. Identifying the overriding problems that have led Congress-and…

Hear Norman Ornstein's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/08/2017

Morning in South Africa


This incisive, deeply informed book introduces post-apartheid South Africa to an international audience. South Africa has a history of racism and white supremacy. This crushing historical burden continues to resonate today. Under President Jacob Zuma, South Africa is treading water.…

Hear John Campbell’s latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/08/2017

Rationalizing Korea

The Rise of the Modern State, 1894–1945


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The first book to explore the institutional, ideological, and conceptual development of the modern state on the peninsula, Rationalizing Korea analyzes the state’s relationship to five social sectors, each through a distinctive interpretive theme: economy (developmentalism), religion (secularization), education (public…

Hear Kyung Moon Hwang's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/07/2017

Barrio Rising

Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela


Beginning in the late 1950s political leaders in Venezuela built what they celebrated as Latin America’s most stable democracy. But outside the staid halls of power, in the gritty barrios of a rapidly urbanizing country, another politics was rising—unruly, contentious,…

Hear Prof. Alejandro Velasco's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/07/2017

The Politicians and the Egalitarians

The Hidden History of American Politics


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“There are two keys to unlocking the secrets of American politics and American political history.” So begins The Politicians & the Egalitarians, Princeton historian Sean Wilentz’s bold new work of history. First, America is built on an egalitarian tradition. At…

Hear Sean Wilentz's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/03/2017

The Case for Impeachment


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Professor Allan J. Lichtman, who has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential outcomes, makes the case for impeaching the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. In the fall of 2016, Distinguished Professor of History at American University…

Hear Allan J. Lichtman's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/03/2017

Losing an Enemy

Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy


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This timely book focuses on President Obama’s deeply considered strategy toward Iran’s nuclear program and reveals how the historic agreement of 2015 broke the persistent stalemate in negotiations that had blocked earlier efforts. The deal accomplished two major feats in…

Hear Dr. Trita Parsi's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 08/02/2017

The Gatekeepers

How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency


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What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs…

Hear Chris Whipple's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 07/30/2017

Rivals for Power

Presidential-Congressional Relations


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In our current age of unprecedented political polarization, nothing has been more strained by partisanship than the relationship between our President and the Congress with which he must deal. Now in its fifth edition, Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations provides students an…

Hear James Thurber's latest conversation with Ian Masters — 07/25/2017

The Death of Expertise

The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters


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People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that…

Hear Thomas Nichols' latest conversation with Ian Masters — 07/24/2017