Category Archives: American History

Book Review: The Professor And The Madman

The Professor And The Madman:  A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester I’m not sure how I feel about this book in its larger context.  On its own, this book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Twenty Days

Twenty Days:  A Narrative In Text And Pictures Of The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln And The Twenty Days And Nights That Followed – The Nation In Mourning, The Long Trip Home To Springfield, by Dorthy Meserve Kunhardt and Philip B. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reflections On The Civil War

Reflections On The Civil War, by Bruce Catton, edited by John Leekley As someone who grew up greatly appreciating Bruce Catton’s historiography on the Civil War, I consider it a shame that he died before I had the chance to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gettysburg: The Final Fury

Gettysburg:  The Final Fury, by Bruce Catton It is easy to see, in reading this book, why Bruce Catton received and was worthy of a Pulitzer Prize for his historical writing.  As a child I first became familiar with the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hemingses Of Monticello

The Hemingses Of Monticello:  An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed In reading this book it is rather striking to note that the author seems to think that she is writing only for fellow BLM [1] activists, something that made this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Those Who Labor For My Happiness

Those Who Labor For My Happiness:  Slavery At Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, by Lucia Stanton Lucia Stanton is one of the most noted scholars of slavery as it relates to Thomas Jefferson (it is a very small world), and this book … Continue reading

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What Is To Be Done And Who Is To Blame?

There are a great many aspects of life where there are two simultaneous responses or opinions or feelings we have towards a situation are held in tension.  One of the characteristic aspects of such situations is that we will attempt … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Rich Spot Of Earth

A Rich Spot Of Earth:  Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden At Monticello, by Peter J. Hatch This book has a somewhat complicated task that makes it enjoyable to read but also very intriguing to think about and ponder.  The book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Salute

The First Salute:  A View Of The American Revolution, by Barbara W. Tuchman I must say that I was rather impressed with this book, not least in the way that Tuchman managed to demonstrate the importance of the Caribbean and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Practicing History

Practicing History:  Selected Essays, by Barbara W. Tuchman My feelings towards this book and towards this author are somewhat ambivalent.  On the one hand, the selected essays in this particular book are generally enjoyable to read.  Tuchman was a serious-minded … Continue reading

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