• Confronting The American Way of Policing

    April 17, 2018 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

    Alex Vitale has been an impassioned advocate of police reform for 25 years, and now the Brooklyn College sociologist is making waves with his new book, The End of Policing. Vitale, who runs the Policing and Social Justice Project at the college, argues that police in recent decades have taken on an expanded, intensified and largely […]

  • Made in the USA. And China. And England. And . . .

    March 28, 2018 | Book Beat, Graduate Center, Queens College

    The history of factories is an epic story with thousands of moving parts: A story of invention and innovation, progress and exploitation with vast economic, political, social and cultural consequences across continents and centuries. Joshua Freeman, a distinguished professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center, tells it all in his acclaimed new […]

  • Cities at the Edge of Climate Upheaval

    February 20, 2018 | Book Beat, The College of Staten Island

    In “Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change,” Ashley Dawson argues that coastal cities like New York are the frontlines for both the causes and the consequences of the world’s rising seas. The book establishes Dawson, a professor of English at the College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, as an important new voice in the world’s growing climate chaos.

  • Gotham City: The Story Continues

    November 16, 2017 | Book Beat, Graduate Center

    CUNY historians Mike Wallace and Edwin G. Burroughs won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Gotham, their sweeping history of New York City through 1898. Nearly 20 years later, Wallace is getting early acclaim for his eagerly awaited, and equally epic, next volume – Greater Gotham. The indefatigable historian – a distinguished professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The CUNY Graduate Center – tells the story of the two decades through World War I that transformed the city, seemingly overnight, into the global metropolis it is today. 

  • Revolutionary Thinking: Does College Need an Overhaul?

    October 30, 2017 | Book Beat, Graduate Center

    CUNY’s Cathy Davidson thinks so. The director of the Futures Initiative at The Graduate Center, and an influential voice in American education, Davidson argues that college as we know it was conceived for an earlier era and needs to be wholly reimagined for today’s “ever more complex and bewildering world.” She offers a roadmap for reboot in The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux.

  • The Progressive Pragmatist: A Mayor at Midpoint

    October 5, 2017 | Book Beat, Hunter College

    Even as he glides toward a second term as mayor, Bill de Blasio remains something of an enigma to many New Yorkers. In The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York, Joseph Viteritti of Hunter College and The Graduate Center says the mayor’s challenge is fulfilling his progressive promise in New York at a time of polarized politics in Washington.

  • The NAACP’s Long Fight for the Right to Vote

    August 17, 2017 | Book Beat, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Newsmakers

    From its first Supreme Court case in 1915 to today’s voter-suppression and gerrymandering, the NAACP has been on the front lines of the battle for the most fundamental American right. In The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice, lawyer, legal commentator and John Jay College professor Gloria Browne-Marshall tells the story of the organization’s courageous – and continuing – work in federal courtrooms, state capitols and city streets.  

  • The Malmedy Trial: A Case of Truth, Justice and False History

    July 19, 2017 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

    In 1944, a notorious Nazi combat unit captured and executed 84 American soldiers – an episode that became known as the Malmedy Massacre. Most of the Germans were later sentenced to death for war crimes but eventually released – for reasons that today are the stuff of mythology. In “The Malmedy Massacre: The War Crimes Trial Controversy,” Brooklyn College historian Steven Remy investigates the truth about the worst atrocity against American soldiers in World War II.

  • The Life of Lehman: From Wall Street Scion to Liberal Lion

    April 4, 2017 | Book Beat, Lehman College

    Herbert H. Lehman may be the most notable but neglected New York political figure of the last century – a popular governor and senator of his day now known mostly as the namesake of CUNY’s Lehman College. In Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography, Duane Tananbaum, a professor of American history at the college, reveals the unlikely story of the New York financier who became a liberal conscience for the nation.

  • Barring the Gates

    February 16, 2017 | Book Beat, City College

    We are a nation of immigrants, but also of immigration laws rooted in nativism and far less welcoming than Lady Liberty’s plea to “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” In his revealing and relevant book, Expelling the Poor, City College historian Hidetaka Hirota traces the nation’s deportation laws and connects them to the emerging policies of the Trump administration.