Category Archives: American History

On The Divine Providence Of Plague

In 2020, it seems appropriate that we should reflect upon the divine providence of plague as it relates to the fate of people and nations. As might be imagined, these are matters that cut multiple ways, and sometimes plague is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of Plymouth Plantation

Of Plymouth Plantation: Bradford’s History Of The Plymouth Settlement 1608-1650, by William Bradford This book is a vitally important book to read when it comes to understanding the self-perception of American settlers of New England during the key period when … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mayflower: A Story Of Courage, Community, And War

Mayflower: A Story Of Courage, Community, And War, by Nathaniel Philbrick Sometimes the familiarity of a story can blind us to its quality and character, and such is the story of the Mayflower. The author apparently wanted to write a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 1621: A New Look At Thanksgiving

1621: A New Look At Thanksgiving, by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac with Pilmoth Plantation, photographs by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson Revisionist historians have always had a problem with the Thanksgiving story. Given the wide gulf between … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Flag Worth Dying For

A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power And Politics Of National Symbols, by Tim Marshall I cannot help but think that this book is not nearly as clever as the author thinks it is. That does not make it a … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Jay-Z

Jay-Z is one of the most obvious cases that can exist for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. By any metric one looks at, whether one looks at critical appeal, obvious relevance for other musicians, chart placement, … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Time To Speak

A Time To Speak: Selected Writings And Arguments, by Robert H. Bork Is it really a time to speak? Reading this book was a bit of a puzzling experience for me because it left Bork nearly as opaque and mysterious … Continue reading

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Book Review: If Not Us, Who?

If No Us, Who: William Rusher, National Review, And The Conservative Movement, by David B. Frisk I must admit that I had never heard of the subject of this book before reading it. National Review had a good reputation as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Forest Ecosystem Management : An Ecological, Economic, And Social Assessment

Forest Ecosystem Management : An Ecological, Economic, And Social Assessment, by the Forest Ecosystem Management Team This book is immensely disappointing when it comes to dealing with the forest, and that ought not to be a surprise because this book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy & Program Review

Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy & Program Review: Draft Report, by U.S. Department of Interior & U.S. Department of Agriculture With fire management policy and so many other aspects of government behavior, there are shifts that are predictable if lamentable, … Continue reading

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