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  • Losing Afghanistanby Noah Coburn

    Stanford University Press 2016; US$ 22.95

    The U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan mobilized troops, funds, and people on an international level not seen since World War II. Hundreds of thousands of individuals and tens of billions of dollars flowed into the country. But what was gained for Afghanistan?or for the international community that footed the bill? Why did development money not... more...

  • The Polythink Syndromeby Alex Mintz; Carly Wayne

    Stanford University Press 2016; US$ 22.95

    Why do presidents and their advisors often make sub-optimal decisions on military intervention, escalation, de-escalation, and termination of conflicts? The leading concept of group dynamics, groupthink , offers one explanation: policy-making groups make sub-optimal decisions due to their desire for conformity and uniformity over dissent, leading... more...

  • The Aesthetics of Hateby Sandrine Sanos

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 65.00

    The Aesthetics of Hate examines the writings of a motley collection of interwar far-right intellectuals, showing that they defined Frenchness in racial, gendered, and sexual terms. A broad, ambitious cultural and intellectual history, the book offers a provocative reinterpretation of a topic that has long been the subject of controversy. In works... more...

  • After 1945by Hans Gumbrecht

    Stanford University Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    What is it the legacy that humankind has been living with since 1945? We were once convinced that time was the agent of change. But in the past decade or two, our experience of time has been transformed. Technology preserves and inundates us with the past, and we perceive our future as a set of converging and threatening inevitabilities: nuclear annihilation,... more...

  • After La Dolce Vitaby Alessia Ricciardi

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 22.95

    This book chronicles the demise of the supposedly leftist Italian cultural establishment during the long 1980s. During that time, the nation's literary and intellectual vanguard managed to lose the prominence handed it after the end of World War II and the defeat of Fascism. What emerged instead was a uniquely Italian brand of cultural capital that... more...

  • An American Cakewalkby Zeese Papanikolas

    Stanford University Press 2015; US$ 35.00

    The profound economic and social changes in the post-Civil War United States created new challenges to a nation founded on Enlightenment and transcendental values, religious certainties, and rural traditions. Newly-freed African Americans, emboldened women, intellectuals and artists,and a polyglot tide of immigrants found themselves in a restless... more...

  • Anxious Wealthby John Osburg

    Stanford University Press 2013; US$ 22.95

    Who exactly are China's new rich? This pioneering investigation introduces readers to the private lives?and the nightlives?of the powerful entrepreneurs and managers redefining success and status in the city of Chengdu. Over the course of more than three years, anthropologist John Osburg accompanied, and in some instances assisted, wealthy Chinese... more...

  • Aspiring to Homeby Bakirathi Mani

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 27.95

    What does it mean to belong? How are twenty-first-century diasporic subjects fashioning identities and communities that bind them together? Aspiring to Home examines these questions with a focus on immigrants from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Advancing a theory of locality to explain the means through which immigrants of varying regional, religious,... more...

  • Balance Sheetby John Duffield; Peter Dombrowski

    Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 29.95

    The last six years have witnessed a virtually unending debate over U.S. policy toward Iraq, a debate that is likely to continue well into the new administration and perhaps the next, notwithstanding recent improvements on the ground. Too often, however, the debate has been narrowly framed in terms of the situation in Iraq and what steps the United... more...

  • The Barber of Damascusby Dana Sajdi

    Stanford University Press 2013; US$ 27.95

    This book is about a barber, Shihab al-Din Ahmad Ibn Budayr, who shaved and coiffed, and probably circumcised and healed, in Damascus in the 18th century. The barber may have been a "nobody," but he wrote a history book, a record of the events that took place in his city during his lifetime. Dana Sajdi investigates the significance of this book, and... more...