Book Giveaway! International Studies Association (ISA) 2020

This week we are bringing our International Studies Association (ISA) exhibit to you, and we’re kicking it off our virtual booth events with a book giveaway!

To enter our drawing, complete all required fields in the form at the bottom of this post by midnight on Tuesday, March 31. 

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The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices

Robert McNally

Insightful and timely, Crude Volatility explores the clash over many decades between “boom and bust” prices and the efforts to harness them. In the current market, McNally explains why volatility is likely to win out over stability—highly significant for what will remain the world’s most important commodity for many years to come.

~Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Prize and The Quest and Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

Crafting an engrossing journey from the Pennsylvania oil fields of the 1860s to today’s Middle East, Crude Volatility shows how past periods of stability and volatility in oil prices help us understand the new boom-bust era. Robert McNally explains how oil became so central to our world and why it is subject to such extreme price fluctuations.

Joining and Leaving the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

Lorenzo Vidino

In The Closed Circle, [Vidino] provides the invaluable service of letting those who have left the movement speak for themselves. What they say should enlighten and alarm anyone who thinks the Brotherhood is moderate, a firewall against extremism, or genuinely committed to democratic pluralism. Policy makers need to read it—and then read it again.

~Sir John Jenkins, head of the 2014 United Kingdom government review of the Muslim Brotherhood

The Closed Circle offers an unprecedented inside view into how one of the world’s most influential Islamist groups operates. Lorenzo Vidino marshals unique interviews with prominent former members and associates of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, shedding light on why and how people join and leave the organization.

A Theory of Bargaining in U.S. Foreign Policy

Evan N. Resnick

Resnick’s Allies of Convenience is an incisive analysis of the role of alliances in U. S. foreign policy. This book will be of interest not only to international relations scholars but also to the current architects of American foreign policy. Coming at a time when alliances are currently being questioned and reevaluated, this book is a most welcome contribution.

~David A. Baldwin, Princeton University

Resnick examines the negotiating tables between the United States and its allies of convenience since World War II and sets forth a novel theory of alliance bargaining. Resnick’s neoclassical realist theory explains why U.S. leaders negotiate less effectively with unfriendly autocratic states than with friendly liberal ones.

The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics

Amy L. Atchison and Shauna L. Shames

Survive and Resist shows us how to be intellectually engaged with but not discouraged by ideas that often seem too overwhelming to examine in moments of political despair. It does so in a way that is rigorous and disarming, morally serious and fun. A must-read.

~Alex Zamalin, author of Struggle on Their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance

In this work, Atchison and Shames explore the ways in which dystopian narratives help explain how real-world politics work. They draw on classic and contemporary fiction, films, and TV shows—as well as their real-life counterparts—to offer funny and accessible explanations of key political concepts.

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