Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

New and Noteworthy

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

New and Noteworthy

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The University of Chicago: A History

By John W. Boyer

University of Chicago Press

As 130-plus pages of footnotes hint at a bumper fact bonanza, the author, the university's dean of college, conveys quiet pride in his hugely influential institution. Illustrations include the inevitable very long parade of austere scholar-leaders, 19th-century fraternity high jinks and 20th-century anti-war protests.

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

By Mary Beard

Profile Books

Britain's best-known Classicist/broadcaster/charismatic public intellectual carries on up the Tiber, single-handedly stemming the decline and fall of Rome in the national consciousness with another witty, rattlingly readable, offhandedly erudite doorstopper. (Oh, and it's Senatus Populusque Romanus, but you knew that.)

The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

By Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes

Pluto Press

"Where there is water, there is life. Without it, there is nothing." A UK-based Latin American studies scholar and his Venezuelan co-author track this essential resource from the Amazon to China's Three Gorges Dam and industrial farms to coltan mines, via privatisation, poverty and climate change.

Crisis

By Sylvia Walby

Polity

A fiscal emergency requiring regulation, or engineered "austerity" serving the rollback of the state? In this lucid work, an eminent sociologist and gender theorist draws on the study of risk, disaster and catastrophe to unpick the social life of the "crisis", and offers a critique of the social science key to understanding it. …

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