Time for another month-long update on Yale University Press’s latest books covering the vast world of domestic and global politics and current events!
Beginning with Jess Bravin‘s The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay, the topic of prisoner treatment takes center-stage, and Bravin, a Wall Street Journal Supreme Court correspondent who has covered the Guantanamo Bay prison camp since its inception, reports on the legal, political, and moral issues that have stood in the way of justice. Listen to Bravin with government prosecutor Lt. Col. Stuart Couch earlier this week on the Leonard Lopate Show.
Susan Crawford‘s many interviews have included the Diane Rehm and Bill Moyers shows for discussions about her new book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Why are we paying so much for Internet and why does corporate profit pitted against public interest leave the United States so far behind the rest of the world in global communications?
Council on Foreign Relations fellow Joshua Kurlantzick returns to the Yale University Press list with Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government, addressing a set of new and disturbing trends: democracies around the world are losing ground, middle class support of democracy has waned, and autocracies are on the rise. Read Kurlantzick‘s “Expert Brief” about the current elections in Kenya.
Learning from the past is an insightful approach to addressing today’s problems: Patrick Murphy and Ray Coye‘s Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery explores how great seafaring captains like Columbus and Magellan not only quelled mutinies but also built upon such incidents to strengthen their enterprises, and what business and leadership tactics today’s organizations can learn. Surprisingly, the authors find mutiny may be a force for good in an organization, paving the way to more collaborative leadership and stronger commitment to shared goals and values. In a similar vein, historian Geoffrey Parker looks back into the tumult of the 1600s to investigate the cause of such widespread revolution, famine, war, and chaos that occurred worldwide in Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. He connects the disorder to climate change, leaving us with the question of how we will respond to the changes of our own time.
And March celebrates Women’s History Month. We recently covered NBCC Award-winning authors Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar‘s classic text, The Madwoman in the Attic, and later this month we’ll publish the paperback edition of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, by professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, and revisit important events in the news that have drawn our attention to the timely picture of politics, race, and gender in American culture.
Keep reading along for all the latest Yale University Press news and updates!