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The ABS and the Art of History Writing

In April we began a series of reviews on John Fea's recent book, The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society (Oxford University Press, 2016). The series contained two reviews, one review by Elesha Coffman and the other by Candy Gunther Brown. Show More Summary

Mass Incarceration Was a Huge Mistake—Here's What Needs to Change

In America, all the things that can go wrong with criminal justice have done so. The following is an excerpt from the new book Sentencing Fragments by Michael Tonry (Oxford University Press, 2016):  Mass incarceration needs to be unwound and prevented from recurring. Show More Summary

The Language of the ABS

Yesterday Elesha Coffman reviewed John Fea's recent book, The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society (Oxford University Press, 2016). Today the symposium continues with a review by Candy Gunther Brown, author of (amongShow More Summary

Inside Baseball and The Bible Cause

Oxford University Press has just recently released John Fea's The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society (2016). The American Bible Society was a central institution of American religious life in the nineteenth and twentieth...Show More Summary

Progressive Populism: The Historical Contexts for a Vital New Book

"The Federal Reserve Bank is a mutant institution of government," political scientists Lawrence R. Jacobs and Desmond King write in the third paragraph of their new book, Fed Power: How Finance Wins (Oxford University Press, 2016). Yet...Show More Summary

The Ancient Kamasutra Is Surprisingly Contemporary

Some cultural matters are strangely familiar or, if unfamiliar, still charming and comprehensible. The following is an excerpt adapted from the new book Redeeming the Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger (Oxford University Press, 2016):  The Kamasutra...Show More Summary

We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics An Interview with Neil J. Young

Samira K. Mehta Neil J. Young. We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) SKM: Neil, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed here on Religion in American History. Show More Summary

What's at the Heart of Right-Wing Outrage Culture? An Unshaking Belief in an Ultimate Truth

Conservatives are more likely to feel that their values reflect an ultimate Truth. The following is an excerpt from the new book On Purpose by Paul Froese (Oxford University Press, 2016):  Politics deals with the hard truths of life....Show More Summary

Global Tax Fairness

Global Tax Fairness (Thomas Pogge (Yale) & Krishen Mehta (Tax Justice Network, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2016): This book addresses sixteen different reform proposals that are urgently needed to correct the fault lines in the international tax system as it exists today, and which deprive both developing and developed countries...

One of the Most Inspiring Feminist Civil Rights Leaders That Deserve a Better Place in American History

Anna Arnold Hedgeman played a vital role in more than six decades of racial justice efforts. The following is an excerpt adapted from the new book Until There is Justice by Jennifer Scanlon (Oxford University Press, 2016):  Cover image:...Show More Summary

Fleischer:How Is The Opera Like A Soup Kitchen?

Miranda Perry Fleischer (San Diego), How is the Opera Like a Soup Kitchen?, in The Philosophical Foundations of Tax Law (Oxford University Press, 2016): The charitable tax subsidies are, at heart, redistributive. Some individuals (the recipients of charitable goods and services, such as students, museum-goers, and soup kitchen patrons) receive...

Seto:A Forced Labor Theory Of Property And Taxation

Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.), A Forced Labor Theory of Property and Taxation, in The Philosophy of Tax Law (Oxford University Press 2016): One of the great accomplishments of civilization is to force its members to work and save more than they otherwise might. It does this, first and foremost, through...

Weekend Reading: Forked! (It’s just out)

Saru Jayaraman.  Forked: A New Standard for American Dining.  Oxford University Press, 2016. I did a blurb for this one, for good reason.  Saru Jayaraman is doing important work on behalf of low-wage restaurant workers, most of them immigrants and women.  This book is her manifesto. That restaurant workers can be paid as little as […]

Shakespeare’s Reading List: INFOGRAPHIC

3 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Oxford University Press has created an infographic called Shakespeare’s Reading List. The infographic explores early national literacy rates in England; the production costs of bookmaking; along with the writers that influenced Shakespeare. We’ve got the entire infographic for you to explore after the jump.

Ending the Curse of Oil: Is It Possible?

Emma Ashford Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World By Leif Wenar Oxford University Press, 2015, $27, 552 pages The oil magnate J. Paul Getty once described his formula for success: “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.” He could not have been more wrong when it comes to states with substantial endowments of natural resources. Show More Summary

Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises, by Anwar Shaikh

Oxford University Press, 1024 pp., New School lineage, endorsements from the big “heterodox” names, this may be another one of the big economics books this year. I’ll keep you posted.  Here is the Amazon link. For the pointer I thank the excellent David Gordon. The post Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises, by Anwar Shaikh appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Oxford Dictionaries Calls Women ‘Shrill’ And ‘Grating’ And ‘Rabid’ – And Will Now Review Its Examples

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The dictionary publisher, part of Oxford University Press, was taken to task by the Canadian anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan, after he noticed that the word ‘rabid’, defined by the dictionary as ‘having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something’, used the example phrase ‘rabid feminist’. Oman-Reagan tweeted about it to […]

America Is Woefully Unprepared for Another Disputed Election

The Court’s jurisdiction in Bush v. Gore was entirely discretionary and that feature of the system has not changed at all. The following is an excerpt from the new book Ballot Battles by Edward Foley (Oxford University Press, 2016): ...Show More Summary

The 500 Year History of Waterboarding—and Why It Doesn't Even Work

It was torture when it was used by the Inquisition in 1494 and it was torture when it was used by the CIA in 2003. The following is an excerpt from the new book Does Torture Work? by John Schiemann (Oxford University Press, 2015):  It is torture when an investigation is conducted with torment and force.... Show More Summary

Prologue to Partha Dasgupta: "Economics: A Very Short Introduction"

Partha Dasgupta (2007): [Economics: A Very Short Introduction](http://amzn.to/1Q5Fl97) (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 0192853457). ---- Becky's world Becky, who is 10 years old, lives with her parents and an older brother Sam in a suburban town in America's Midwest. Show More Summary

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