Trending This Month: August

See what’s trending at UNC Press with this list of the most viewed books on our website this month.

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)

“Strong, unique, and well researched, this book addresses a major gap in the studies of American higher education in the protest era of the late 1960s and early 1970s.”—Linda Eisenmann, Wheaton College

The Vice President’s Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn by Amrita Chakrabarti Myers (October 2023)

“The [fascinating] story of a remarkable woman who experienced freedom and slavery simultaneously . . . . Myers has conducted arduous research, and she ably introduces a little-known yet important figure in American history . . . . A valuable addition to antebellum history.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Illuminating . . . . Myers painstakingly pieces together this long-hidden history. The result is a revealing exploration of the intersection of race, gender, power, and property in 18th-century America.”—Publishers Weekly

I Cannot Write My Life: Islam, Arabic, and Slavery in Omar ibn Said’s America by Mbaye Lo & Carl W. Ernst (August 29 2023)

“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

Who is Muhammad? by Michael Muhammad Knight (November 2023)

“Combining excellent scholarship with a creative, narrative-driven style, Michael Knight presents a skillfully balanced understanding of Muhammad as a stable historical figure and as a changing persona and symbol. Knight writes as an insider to the study and practice of Islam but also maintains an outside perspective to the approaches and methods of both. The book will be valuable for scholars of religion and for general readers interested in a major historical figure like Muhammad.”—Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, University of Vermont

“If someone asks you for a concise, lively, and smart introduction to the Prophet Muhammad, this is the book you must recommend.”—Edward E. Curtis IV, Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts, Indiana University, Indianapolis

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, second edition by William A. Darity Jr., A. Kirsten Mullen

2021 Lillian Smith Book Award

2021 Association for the Study of African American Life and History Book Prize

2020 Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association

2021 Best Book Awards in Social Change Category, American Book Fest

2023 Outstanding Book Award, Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, American Sociological Association

“Simply put: The best historical, conceptual, and empirical case for reparations for Black Americans.”—Ibram X. Kendi