Category Archives: American History

Book Review: Lower California

Lower California, by the Lower California Company Among the dirty little secrets of American history is the role of land speculation in the growth of America [1].  All the way back to colonial times, the lure of land speculation was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Indentured

Indentured:  The Inside Story Of The Rebellion Against The NCAA, by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss This book is written with an obvious intent to shock the reader into a horror at the exploitation of college athletes, mostly from minority … Continue reading

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Book Review: Our One Common Country

Our One Common Country:  Abraham Lincoln And The Hampton Roads Peace Conference Of 1865, by James B. Conroy The author states in the acknowledgements section at the end of this book that no one had ever written a book on … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Enemy Never Came

The Enemy Never Came:  The Civil War In The Pacific Northwest, by Scott McArthur This book is a rough sort of work, written by a competent historian who nevertheless falls short of the most eloquent practitioners in his craft.  As … Continue reading

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I’m Not Listening

In the 1790’s, a ferocious period of partisanship as well as a foreign war scare involving Great Britain and France led to the passsing of Alien & Sedition laws that made it a crime to speak out against the president … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln Unbound

Lincoln Unbound:  How An Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved The American Dream–And How We Can Do It Again, by Rich Lowry This book was a pleasure to read, and a bit surprisingly so.  As someone who reads a distressingly large amount … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln: A President For The Ages

Lincoln:  A President For The Ages, edited by Karl Weber I certainly agree with the title of this book that Abraham Lincoln was a president for the ages, but this is certainly not a book for the ages.  Written and … Continue reading

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Short Circuit

If you are a person with even remotely conservative leanings, the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is an easy court to hate.  Recently, the Supreme Court overturned (not surprisingly) a particularly contentious case involving travel restrictions on people … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cause Of All Nations

The Cause Of All Nations:  An International History Of The American Civil War, by Don H. Doyle Every once in a while a fond reader of diplomatic history such as myself will find a good book that takes a familiar … Continue reading

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Book Review: Slavemaster President

Slavemaster President:  The Double Career Of James Polk, by William Dusinberre I found this book deeply fascinating, but I hesitate about giving this book a warm recommendation for a few reasons.  Few can deny, in light of our contemporary politics, … Continue reading

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