Book Beat

The Progressive Pragmatist: A Mayor at Midpoint

October 5, 2017 | Book Beat, Hunter College

As Bill de Blasio glides toward a second term, Hunter College’s Joseph Viteritti takes his measure of a mayor who remains something of an enigma to many New Yorkers. In his 13th book – The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York – the public policy professor says de Blasio’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.

Exposing the Perils of Stealth Advertising

January 31, 2017 | Book Beat, Queens College

In today’s online world, it’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish not only between real and fake news but also between news and a cleverly disguised sales job. In “Black Ops Advertising,” Queens College media professor Mara Einstein explores the dark arts of modern mass marketing and how its target – you – can fend off the deception.

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Woman in Full

January 3, 2017 | Book Beat, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Thirty-five years after embarking on a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, historian Blanche Wiesen Cook has completed the third and final volume of her monumental portrait of one of the most important women of the 20th century. The author, a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center, says the ideals of “the first lady of the world” are a legacy that have never been more important.

Travels to Prison

May 11, 2016 | Book Beat, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Baz Dreisinger started a pioneering program that brings college courses to people in prison and admits them to CUNY colleges after their release. The experience led the English professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to spend two years on a very personal journey to prisons around the world. The result, “Incarceration Nations,” is […]

Staten Island’s Poet Laureate

March 17, 2016 | Book Beat, The College of Staten Island

Cate Marvin possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary American poetry, and in 2015 the College of Staten Island English professor was a awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. The speakers in her third collection of poems, “Oracle,” are haunting, passionate and sometimes bitingly funny women—and they’re all denizens of the borough where she’s taught and lived for a decade.

Precision, Pomp and Cultural Touchstone: The Marching Band

February 29, 2016 | Book Beat, Queensborough Community College

Jules Allen spent five years traveling the country photographing African-American marching bands. What he saw through his lens was “a precision art form” as public spectacle and a culture that “breathes the soul and spirit of Africa within the modern world.” The result is the simply titled “Marching Bands.” It’s the fourth book by the long-time Queensborough Community College art and design professor, whose photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian and the National Gallery.