March is a month chock-full of big announcements at Stanford University Press. First off, we're welcoming a new face to the press this week—our new history and Jewish Studies editor, Eric Brandt. Secondly, we've got a handful of new titles to spotlight; joblessness, American foreign policy, and botched executions are what's on the docket this month. As the final order of business: March Madness is in full swing! (We're not talking about basketball—we're talking about books, very cheap books).
Our new Executive Editor, Eric Brandt, starts this week. Eric, a Polar Vortex survivor, comes to us from Connecticut, windswept and thick-blooded (see his guest post from last week, California Dreamin’). In the past, Eric has worked for HarperCollins and two other UPs—Yale and Columbia—serving in both publicity and editorial capacities. With a Doctorate in Philosophy and Religion, and a long history in non-fiction and humanities editing, we’re excited to see how the history and Jewish Studies lists evolve under his stewardship.
Out this month:
March Madness Sale: 5 Timely Titles
The sports fans can keep basketball; this month we’re talking about a different March Madness, one book lovers will appreciate. For the month of March we’ll be running a sale featuring some deep discounts: $10 cloth and $5 paperbacks on over 600 titles.
Throughout the month we'll curate a few choice titles from the sale—staff picks and top bargains—spotlighting them here on the blog (so stay tuned). First up to bat is a list of titles culled for their current timeliness—recent backlist books with of-the-moment relevance.
5 Timely Titles from the March Madness Sale
Iranophobia: The Logic of an Israeli Obsession
by Haggai Ram
$55.00 cloth, now $10.00
As tensions between Israel and Iran crackle with talks of Iran’s nuclear program, journalists continue to predict a seemingly inevitable confrontation between the two regional rivals; an event which, according to most spectators’ predictions, is invariably instigated by Israel to parry the specter of a nuclear-capable Iran. In Iranophobia, Israeli scholar, Haggai Ram, explores anti-Iranian sentiment amongst Israelis—and how that national phobia plays out domestically and internationally.
Read an excerpt from the Introduction.
The Difference “Difference” Makes: Women and Leadership
Edited by Deborah L. Rode
$55.00 cloth, now $10.00
In 2013 Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg urged women to “lean in” at the boardroom; today Hillary Clinton is regarded as a shoe-in for the Democrats’ 2016 Presidential ticket. Yet, despite seeming strides toward professional equality, women still constitute a minority in formal leadership, whether in business, law, or politics. In this collection of papers from “heavy-hitters”—women at the top of their careers, describe how they achieved success, what obstacles they overcame along the way, and the difference that “difference” made for them.
The Paradox of a Global USA
Edited by Bruce Mazlish, Nayan Chanda, and Kenneth Weisbrode
$50.00 cloth, now $10.00
Drawing from history, political science, economics and cultural studies, The Paradox of A Global USA addresses the awkward tension that arises from the United States’ enthusiastic pursuit of economic globalization, and its simultaneous recalcitrance in deferring to global institutions of authority (for example, opposing the Kyoto Protocol, and invading Iraq without the approval of the UN).
Outlandish: Writing Between Exile and Diaspora
by Nico Israel
$52.50, now $10.00
With novels the likes of Americanah, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and The Namesake topping fiction bestseller lists, it is clear that the transnational writer is fast becoming a new cornerstone of the American literary canon. In Outlandish, Nico Israel delves into the works of three transnational writers who have captured imaginations across the globe—Joseph Conrad, Theodor Adorno, and Salman Rushdie. Through these writers he explores themes of increasing importance in a globalizing and transitory world: race, national belonging, exile, and migration.
In the wake of the Egyptian uprising and the precipitous rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, Rachel M. Scott’s book offers a fascinating exposition to the rise and nature of Islamism in Egypt. She delves into the minds of Egyptian Islamists—including members of the Muslim Brotherhood—to understand the changing perceptions of Islamists regarding the viability of non-Muslim citizens in an Islamic state. Perhaps most poignantly, The Challenge of Political Islam dismantles the assumption that secularism is a precondition for tolerance.