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Kimberly Phillips-FeinInvisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal

W. W. Norton, 2010

by Betsy Beasley and David Stein on April 8, 2015

Kimberly Phillips-Fein

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[Cross-posted with permission from Who Makes Cents? A History of Capitalism Podcast.] Today we'll focus on the history of resistance to the New Deal. In her book Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal (W. W. Norton, 2010), Kimberly Phillips-Fein details how many of the most prominent elites had their ideas and practices shaped by groups that were part of organized resistance to the New Deal. She argues that this history helps revise common understandings of the rise of conservatism in the 1970s and after.

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Robert PutnamOur Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

March 23, 2015

Robert Putnam is the author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (Simon and Schuster, 2015). Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He has written fourteen books including the best-seller, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Few political scientists command attention like Robert […]

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Gavin WrightSharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South

February 13, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in History]  Americans rightly think of the civil rights legislation of 1964 and '65 as a social and legal revolution. In Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2013), Gavin Wright argues that it was an economic one, too. In clear and tightly organized prose, the eminent […]

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Sam Gindin and Leo PanitchThe Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire

February 9, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] Two Canadian socialist thinkers have published a new book on the successes and failures, the crises, contradictions and conflicts in present-day capitalism. In The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire (Verso, 2013) , Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin trace the evolution of the international capitalist system over the last century. (Panitch is a […]

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Nausheen H. AnwarInfrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan and Beyond

February 4, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in South Asian Studies]  In Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Nausheen H. Anwar explores double-edged narratives of development. Through detailed case studies of Sialkot and Faisalabad, as well as analyses of development in Pakistan since independence and the impact of liberalized trade policies on industrial labour, the book explores how […]

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Michael KwassContraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground

January 19, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in French Studies] Michael Kwass's new book, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground is much more than an exciting biography of the notorious eighteenth-century smuggler whose name remains legendary in contemporary France. Focusing on the rise and fall of a mythic, early-modern French bandit, Kwass's study moves between the micro- […]

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Jamie CrossDream Zones: Anticipating Capitalism and Development in India

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in South Asian Studies] Dream Zones: Anticipating Capitalism and Development in India (Pluto Press, 2014), the excellent new book by Jamie Cross, explores the ways in which dreams of the future shape the present. Centring in and around a large Special Economic Zone in south India, the book analyses anticipation amongst politicians, managers, workers, land-owners […]

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Loraine KennedyThe Politics of Economic Restructuring in India: Economic Governance and State Spatial Rescaling

November 26, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in South Asian Studies] Loraine Kennedy's The Politics of Economic Restructuring in India: Economic Governance and State Spatial Rescaling (Routledge, 2014) is a timely and important intervention into the debate on how economic liberalisation is transforming the Indian state. The book's central argument is that these reforms have 'rescaled' the Indian state, with important […]

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Barbara Harriss-White, et al.Dalits and Adivasis in India’s Business Economy: Three Essays and an Atlas

October 23, 2014

Dalits and Adivasis in India's Business Economy: Three Essays and an Atlas (Three Essay Collective, 2013) is a wonderful new book by Barbara Harriss-White and small team of collaborators – Elisabetta Basile, Anita Dixit, Pinaki Joddar, Aseem Prakash and Kaushal Vidyarthee – published by the Three Essays Collective. The book explores the ways in which economic liberalisation […]

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Kara W. SwansonBanking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America

October 20, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Science, Technology, and Society] How did we come to think of spaces for the storage and circulation of body parts as “banks,” and what are the consequences of that history for the way we think about human bodies as property today? Kara W. Swanson’s wonderful new book traces the history of body banks […]

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