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The State of Jones

On June 6, 2009 By
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The good folks at Doubleday sent me a review copy of The State of Jones: The Small Southern County That Seceded from the Confederacy by Sally Jenkins and John [...]

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I was delighted to find a package from Oxford University Press waiting at my door this afternoon and in it was a review copy of the new paperback edition of Terry Bouton’s Taming Democracy: “The People,” the Founders, and [...]

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I have finally purchased my own copy of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, as translated by Arthur Goldhammer. Tocqueville’s works rank near the top of the the most frequently quoted in a great many of the books I’ve been reading this term and [...]

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Today I discovered a remarkable site, George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media which you can access here. It’s really about exploring history using digital media. It has three broad sections.

Teaching + Learning Research + Tools Collecting + Exhibiting

Not only do I like the site’s premise [...]

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American Rifle, A Biography

On November 28, 2008 By
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Under the guise of a Christmas gift for my husband, I have acquired a copy of Alexander Rose’s new book, American Rifle, A Biography. I have reluctantly agreed with him that he should thus have the opportunity to read it first.

Alex has been getting some outstanding reviews [...]

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Congratulations to Annette Gordon-Reed for winning the 2008 National Book Award for non-fiction.

Annette Gordon-Reed
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
W.W. Norton & Company

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“In the mesmerizing narrative of Annette Gordon-Reed’s American family saga, one feels the steady accretion of convincing argument: Her book [...]

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Fred Anderson. A People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War. Reprint. The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Anderson sets out to examine New England provincial soldiers and their experiences during what he [...]

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On War and Words

On September 20, 2008 By
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As I finish up my final paper, I’ve gone back to the first book read for my class, ”Studies in U.S. Military History.”

Jill Lepore. The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity. [...]

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