Welcome to my Universities Press Review. Each edition is a short list of new books (somewhere between half a dozen and a dozen) that have come to my attention, which I think are noteworthy, and which are published by University Presses.

University Press books, often with very short print-runs, do not always receive the media coverage they deserve, although some of them – in my view – are often very interesting and sometimes quite important. I am including them here because you may not know of their existence. I shall try to give notice of them somewhere between two months before publication date, and two months after, so they are topical.

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 this month

  • 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)