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Universities Press Review

Why America Loses Wars, and other new books (November 2019)

Dear Reader,

Thank you for getting in touch. I am currently working on a cultural history of modern France (a sort of companion to my book, The German Genius), which will be delivered to the publisher in April 2020, and released – all being well – about a year after that. Meanwhile, here is a new feature for my website. If you have got in touch with me because you have read one or another of my books, the chances are that our interests overlap or coincide, in particular in regard to the history of ideas. These new University Press books are, I think, worth sharing.

Titles reviewed in this edition

  • The Conversational Enlightenment, by David Randall
  • Einstein on the Run, by Andrew Robinson
  • Music and the New Global Culture: From the Great Exhibition to the Jazz Age, by Harry Liebersohn
  • Gilgamesh: The life of a Poem, by Michael Schmidt
  • Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Direct Major Economic Events, by Robert Shiller
  • Why America Loses Wars, by Donald Stoker
  • Creativity in Research: Cultivate Clarity, Be Innovative, and Make Progress in Your Research Journey, by Nicola Ullbarri et al
  • When the Movies Mattered: The New Hollywood Revisited, by Jonathan Kirshner and Jon Lewis (eds)

The Discovery of Fatherhood

Special feature

In my history books – some of them anyway – I have tried to draw attention to most of the important intellectual developments in the past, even the distant past.

One breakthrough, which I regard as arguably the most important breakthrough of all (for its effects on the way we think about ourselves and our social organisation), has received almost no reporting, and so I have created a special space for it here. It is just a few pages long, but if the argument is correct, the consequences are momentous. Read on …

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