Books of Interest 2014

The following listing is intended to be suggestive rather than comprehensive. "New books" contain books from the current calendar year; books published earlier are located in the "Books of Interest" main section. Only reviews on ungated sites are listed.

Sean Patrick Adams, Home Fires: How Americans Kept Warm in the Nineteenth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, March 2014)

Andrew B. Arnold, Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country (New York University Press, April 2014)
    Reviewed by Thomas F. Jorsch for H-SHGAPE

Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books, September 2014)
    Reviewed by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor for the Washington Independent Review of Books
    Reviewed by Eric Foner for the New York Times Book Review
    Reviewed by Barbara Hahn for Agricultural History

Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Random House, December 2014)
    Reviewed by Eric Herschthal in Slate
    Reviewed by Thomas Bender in The New York Times
    Reviewed by Adam Hochschild in The New York Times Book Review
    Reviewed by Barbara Hahn for Agricultural History

Margrit Schulte Beerbühl, The Forgotten Majority: German Merchants in London, Naturalization, and Global Trade, 1660-1815 (Berghahn Books, October 2014)

Amy Bentley, Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet (University of California Press, September 2014)

Volker R. Berghahn, American Big Business in Britain and Germany: A Comparative History of Two "Special Relationships" in the 20th Century (Princeton University Press, April 2014)
   Reviewed by Leslie Hannah for EH.Net

Ted Binnema, Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson's Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870 (University of Toronto Press, April 2014)
     Reviewed by Andy Forney for H-War

Julia Kirk Blackwelder, Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady (Texas A&M University Press, October 2014)

Sean Bottomley, The British Patent System during the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1852: From Privilege to Property (Cambridge University Press, December 2014)

Marcelo Bucheli and R. Daniel Wadhwani, eds., Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford University Press, January 2014)
    Reviewed by Andrew Smith for EH.Net

Peter J. Buckley, ed., The Multinational Enterprise and the Emergence of the Global Factory (Palgrave, November 2014)

Simon James Bytheway, Investing Japan: Foreign Capital, Monetary Standards, and Economic Development, 1859-2011 (Harvard University Press, November 2014)

Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit
(Princeton University Press, February 2014)
    Reviewed by Hugh Rockoff for EH.Net

Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: Detroit's Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt (University of Chicago Press, March 2014)

Piet Clement, Harold James, and Herman Van der Wee, eds., Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History (Pickering & Chatto, July 2014)

N. D. B. Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, August 2014)

Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt, Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain (Oxford University Press, May 2014)

Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor, Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire (University of Chicago Press, September 2014)

Céline Dauverd, Imperial Ambition in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Genoese Merchants and the Spanish Crown (Cambridge University Press, September 2014)

Thomas David and Gerarda Westerhuis, eds., The Power of Corporate Networks: A Comparative and Historical Perspective (Routledge, September 2014)

Ferry de Goey, Consuls and the Institutions of Global Capitalism, 1783-1914 (Pickering & Chatto, November 2014)

Michael Dennis, Blood on Steel: Chicago Steelworkers and the Strike of 1937 (Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2014)

Alicia M. Dewey, Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940 (Texas A&M University Press, October 2014)

Pierre-Yves Donzé, A Business History of the Swatch Group: The Rebirth of Swiss Watchmaking and the Globalization of the Luxury Industry (Macmillan, April 2014)

Max Edling, A Hercules in the Cradle: War, Money, and the American State, 1783-1867 (University of Chicago Press, November 2014)

Bartow J. Elmore, Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism (W. W. Norton, November 2014)

Katherine C. Epstein, Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain (Harvard University Press, January 2014)

Emily Erikson, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757 (Princeton University Press, July 2014)

Laurence Fontaine, The Moral Economy: Poverty, Credit, and Trust in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, April 2014)

Robert E. Forrester, British Mail Steamers to South America, 1851-1965: A History of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and Royal Mail Lines (Ashgate Publishing, May 2014)
     Reviewed by Yrjö Kaukiainen for EH.Net

Tony Allen Freyer, The Passenger Cases and the Commerce Clause: Immigrants, Blacks, and States' Rights in Antebellum America (University Press of Kansas, December 2014)

Robert E. Gallamore and John R. Meyer, American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century (Harvard University Press, June 2014)
     Reviewed by John Howard Brown for EH.Net

Pierre Gervais, Yannick Lemarchand, and Dominique Margairaz, eds., Merchants and Profit in the Age of Commerce, 1680-1830 (Pickering & Chatto, February 2014)

Richard J. Grace, Opium and Empire: The Lives and Careers of William Jardine and James Matheson (McGill University Press, November 2014)

H. Roger Grant, The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South (Indiana University Press, April 2014)

Nancy H. Green, The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941 (University of Chicago Press, July 2014)

Avner Greif, Lynne Kiesling, and John V. C. Nye, eds., Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development (Princeton University Press, December 2014)
   Reviewed by Robert Margo for EH.Net

Matthew Hollow, Rogue Banking: A History of Financial Fraud in Interwar Britain (Palgrave, November 2014)

Martin Horn and Talbot Imlay, The Politics of Industrial Collaboration during World War II: Ford France, Vichy and Nazi Germany (Cambridge University Press, June 2014)

Llewelyn Hughes, Globalizing Oil: Firms and Oil Market Governance in France, Japan, and the United States (Cambridge University Press, March 2014)

Tammy Ingram, Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, March 2014)
     Reviewed by David B. Parker for H-SHGAPE

Mats Ingulstad, Andrew Perchard, and Espen Storli, eds., Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of the "Devil's Metal" (Routledge, August 2014)

Margaret C. Jacob, The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, January 2014)

Steven H. Jaffe and Jessica Lautin, Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City, 1784-2012 (Columbia University Press, May 2014)

Chris Jephson and Henning Morgen, Creating Global Opportunities: Maersk Line in Containerisation, 1973-2013 (Cambridge University Press, August 2014)
     Reviewed by William Sjostrom for EH.Net

Christopher F. Jones, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Kirsten Alsaker Kjerland and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, eds., Navigating Colonial Orders: Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania (Berghahn Books, November 2014)

Ian Klaus, Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance (Yale University Press, October 2014)

Michael Kwass, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard University Press, April 2014)
     Reviewed by Patrick Hyde for the Los Angeles Review of Books

Mary Lindemann, The Merchant Republics: Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, 1648-1790 (Cambridge University Press, December 2014)

Shepherd W. McKinley, Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold: Phosphate, Fertilizer, and Industrialization in Postbellum South Carolina (University Press of Florida, March 2014)
     Reviewed by James R. Irwin for EH.Net

Pedro Machado, Ocean of Trade: South Asian Merchants, Africa and the Indian Ocean, c. 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, November 2014)

Dániel Margócsy, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (University of Chicago Press, October 2014)

Robert J. Mayhew, Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet (Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Adam D. Mendelsohn, The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire (New York University Press, December 2014)

Ian Mitchell, Tradition and Innovation in English Retailing, 1700 to 1850: Narratives of Consumption (Ashgate, February 2014)

Gijs Mom, Atlantic Automobilism: Emergence and Persistence of the Car, 1895-1940 (Berghahn Books, December 2014)

Irina Mukhina, Women and the Birth of Russian Capitalism: A History of the Shuttle Trade (Northern Illinois University Press, May 2014)

Gareth Murphy, Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry (Macmillan, June 2014)

Aldo Musacchio and Sergio G. Lazzarini, Reinventing State Capitalism: Leviathan in Business, Brazil and Beyond (Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Larry Neal and Jeffrey Williamson, eds., Cambridge History of Capitalism (2 vols.) (Cambridge University Press, April 2014)
     Reviewed by David Mitch for EH.Net

Roberta J. Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen, Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar (University Press of Mississippi, March 2014)

James Nye, A Long Time in Making: The History of Smiths (Oxford University Press, December 2014)

Lodewijk Petram, The World's First Stock Exchange (Columbia University Press, May 2014)

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press, April 2014)
    Reviewed by Christel Lane for LSE Book Reviews

Edward J. Roach, The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry (Ohio University Press, January 2014)

Blain Roberts, Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South (University of North Carolina Press, March 2014)     Reviewed by Sarah H. Brown for H-Florida

Richard Roberts, Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 (Oxford University Press, January 2014)

Guy Rowlands, Dangerous and Dishonest Men: the International Bankers of Louis XIV’s France (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2014)

Martin Ruef, Between Slavery and Capitalism: The Legacy of Emancipation in the American South (Princeton University Press, August 2014)
    Reviewed by Gavin Wright for EH.Net

Andrew L. Russell, Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge University Press, April 2014)

Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, The International Distribution of News: The Associated Press, Press Association, and Reuters, 1848-1947 (Cambridge University Press, February 2014)

Keetie J. Sluyterman, ed., Varieties of Capitalism and Business History, the Dutch Case (Routledge, December 2014)

Andrew Smith and Dimitry Anastakis, eds., Smart Globalization: The Canadian Business and Economic History Experience (University of Toronto Press, February 2014)
    Reviewed by Marvin McInnis for EH.Net

Ana Crespo Solana, ed., Spatio-Temporal Narratives: Historical GIS and the Study of Global Trading Networks (1500-1800) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June 2014)

Barbara L. Solow, The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Lexington Books, May 2014)

Kara W. Swanson, Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America (Harvard University Press, May 2014)

Jim Tomlinson, Dundee and the Empire: 'Juteopolis' 1850-1939 (Edinburgh University Press, June 2014)
     Reviewed by Timothy Forest for H-Empire

Francesca Trivellato, Leor Halevi, and Catia Antunes, eds., Religion and Trade: Cross-Cultural Exchanges in World History, 1000-1900 (Oxford University Press, September 2014)

John Turner, Banking in Crisis: The Rise and Fall of British Banking Stability, 1800 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, July 2014)

Kazuo Usui, Marketing and Consumption in Modern Japan (Routledge, March 2014)

John Woodland, Money Pits: British Mining Companies in the Californian and Australian Gold Rushes of the 1850s (Ashgate, December 2014)