Books and Publishing

Books and Publishing
Aug 28, 2018
An online textbook priced at almost $1,000 has infuriated students trying to navigate an already confusing textbook marketplace, but Louisiana-Lafayette officials insist they had "good intentions."
Cover of "The Procrastination Economy: The Big Business of Downtime" by Ethan Tussey
A lesson in Ethan Tussey’s The Procrastination Economy: The Big Business of Downtime is that a large, voracious and profitable cultural apparatus is absorbing and monetizing every second of your attention, writes Scott McLemee.
Cover of "Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America" by George Yancy
Philosopher discusses his new book about how Americans respond to frank discussions of racism -- and about harassment he received for an essay in The New York Times.
Operation was once supported by 10 colleges, but of late has been backed only by Brandeis and Dartmouth.
Cover of Can Government Do Anything Right? by Alasdair Roberts
Scott McLemee reviews Can Government Do Anything Right? by Alasdair Roberts.
Cover of Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography, by Robert Irwin
Scott McLemee considers Robert Irwin’s Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography.
Cover of 'Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress' by Steven Pinker
Michael Roth considers Steven Pinker's paean to progress.
Cover of 'Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer' by Barbara Ehrenreich
Scott McLemee explores Barbara Ehrenreich’s Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer.
Cover of 'Losing Hearts and Minds' by Matthew Shannon
Tens of thousands of Iranian students studied in the U.S. in the 1970s. New book tells how they helped unsettle the diplomatic relationship between Washington and Tehran in lead-up to Iranian Revolution.
Cover of 'Gay on God's Campus' by Jonathan Coley
Author discusses his new book about gay students and LGBT activism at Christian colleges.
Cover of Citizens by Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship, by Deondra Rose.
Author discusses her new book, which argues that federal laws that weren't focused on gender led to rise in female enrollments in higher education.
Cover of Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech by Keith Whittington
Author discusses his new book calling for academic leaders to defend free speech on campus.
Cover of Westworld and Philosophy, edited by James B. South and Kimberly S. Engels
Scott McLemee reviews Westworld and Philosophy, a collection of essays to be published shortly before the second season of the HBO series begins.



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