New This Month: August

Happy August! This month marks the start of our Fall/Winter 2023 season and we have a bunch of new books publishing. You can find the full list, including any new in paperbacks, on our Hot Off the Press page. Plus, if you want updates in your inbox every month about new titles and what’s happening at UNC Press you can sign up for our monthly eNews.

In Pursuit of Health Equity: A History of Latin American Social Medicine by Eric D. Carter

“A remarkable look at the origins and evolution of a transnational sociomedical perspective in Latin America of great interest to historians of medicine and leaders of social medicine all over the world.”—Marcos Cueto, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, Brazil

“Timely, lucid, and deeply insightful. Anyone interested in building a more inclusive vision of health equity needs to read this book.”—Jeremy Greene, Johns Hopkins University

Resistance From the Right: Conservatives and the Campus Wars in Modern America by Lauren Lassabe Shepherd

“A thoroughly researched, revelatory political history with abundant relevance for today. . . . Shepherd presents compelling evidence for the ways that these groups, although a minority on campus, have exerted long-lasting influence.”—Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

“As historian Lauren Lassabe Shepherd documents in Resistance from the Right, Young Americans for Freedom has been characterized from the start as a group of extremely pampered establishment scions who are prone to both self-pity and deploying their social and legal power to silence their political enemies.”—Jeet Heer, The Nation

I Cannot Write My Life: Islam, Arabic, and Slavery in Omar ibn Said’s America by Mbaye Lo and Carl W. Ernst

“Drawing on scrupulous close readings of Said’s work, Lo and Ernst make a worthy contribution to the scholarship on slavery in America and testify to the importance of evidence left behind by enslaved people themselves. This edifies.”—Publishers Weekly

“Lo and Ernst unshackle new insights and complex truths hidden inside the life and agency of Omar ibn Said. Inshallah, may his free spirit return to his two rivers.”—Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate

Urban Specters: The Everyday Harms of Racial Capitalism by Sarah Mayorga

“Insightful in the most sorrowful of ways. Mayorga pushes us to listen hard to hear not only how racial capitalism infects our relations with each other and keeps us apart, but also how the demons of racial capitalism take over our best selves, creeping into how and where we care and who we prop up. To build a new world we must fully encounter the old one, in all its ugliness and disappointment. This work takes us a step closer.”—Gargi Bhattacharyya, University of East London

Rendered Obsolete: Energy Culture and the Afterlife of US Whaling by Jamie L. Jones

Rendered Obsolete provides a compelling perspective on the history of whaling and how we understand energy consumption. The history of the American whaling industry is the history of extractive capitalism, and Jamie Jones’s book is a fascinating account of how Americans came uncritically to affirm the narratives of technological progress promoted by the architects of energy regimes. This book will provide a crucial argument for thinking our way out of such narratives.”—Hester Blum, Penn State University

Food Power Politics: The Food Story of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement by Bobby J. Smith II

“[Smith] shows how the struggles of the region’s Black communities laid the groundwork for the modern food justice movement. Sadly, access to fresh, unprocessed meals still elude many Black Americans today, but this little-known narrative reconstructed by Smith offers key lessons that could inform the current challenges.”—Civil Eats

Food Power Politics provides a perspective on history, on food justice, and on the fight for civil and human rights that offers important lessons for how we understand food sovereignty.”—Monica M. White, University of Wisconsin

The Afro-Latino Memoir: Race, Ethnicity, and Literary Interculturalism by Trent Masiki

“Trent Masiki raises questions of canonicity and categories of racial and national identity that require intense interrogation while making a strong case for the preeminence of the memoir in the Afro-Latinx canon. His book provides a much-needed consideration of work that has conjoined African American and Latinx literatures and cultures.”—John Wharton Lowe, author of Calypso Magnolia

The Cutting-Off Way: Indigenous Warfare in Eastern North America, 1500–1800 by Wayne E. Lee

The Cutting-Off Way contributes something genuinely new to Native American, early American, and military history, and achieves an unusual degree of engagement between military history and the other fields.”—James D. Rice, author of Tales from a Revolution: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America

“This is an ambitious, sweeping study that demonstrates mastery of secondary and primary sources—historical, archaeological, and anthropological.”—Sherry L. Smith, author of Hippies, Indians, & the Fight for Red Power

Last of the Lions: An African American Journey in Memoir by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

Distributed for Redhawk Publications

“When I was a young lawyer looking to make a difference, Dr. Jones was the ultimate inspiration.”—President Barack Obama (August 2021)

“Clarence B. Jones, in telling the story of his remarkable, consequential life, takes us on a searing and unforgettable journey. This revelatory and essential memoir is simply extraordinary.”—Ken Burns, American Documentary Filmmaker