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What To Give To The Crown Prince Who Has Everything

Very recently, a playboy son of the current Saudi king, Mohammad bin Salmon, was made crown prince instead of an older relative, Muhammad bin Nayef.  The reasons for this change are unclear to me, but as a student of affairs … Continue reading

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Book Review: Language Matters

Language Matters:  A Guide To Everyday Questions About Language, by Donna Jo Napoli and Vera Lee-Schoenfeld As someone who reads a fair amount of material concerning the practical implications for linguistics [1], even if I am generally far more interested … Continue reading

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Book Review: Emancipating Lincoln

Emancipating Lincoln:  The Proclamation In Text, Context, And Memory, by Harold Holzer I feel it necessary to freely own that there was a lot that I simply did not like about this book.  Although in the past I have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: When General Grant Expelled The Jews

When General Grant Expelled The Jews, by Jonathan D. Sarna If you are familiar with the writings of this author at all, you have some idea that this is a book about Jewish history in America.  My only knowledge of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln And The Jews: A History

Lincoln And The Jews:  A History, by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell As someone who reads a lot of books about Abraham Lincoln [1], I am always looking out to see if a given book will tell me something … Continue reading

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A Summer Of Resistance

Yesterday morning my cell phone gave me the unpleasant news that two Republican members of the House of Representatives had been shot while practicing baseball.  Since then it has been instructive, and more than a little bit alarming, what sort … Continue reading

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Book Review: Southern Families At War

Southern Families At War:  Loyalty And Conflict In The Civil War South, edited by Catherine Clinton When people think of a great deal of contemporary writing about warfare to involve dubious progressive politics and an excessive concern with gender issues … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Germanicus

Germanicus:  The Magnificent Life And Mysterious Death Of Rome’s Most Popular General, by Lindsay Powell As a frequent reviewer of books relating to Greek and Roman History from the De Re Militari [1], the dwindling supply of books available for … Continue reading

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But Sometimes Out Of His Senses

It is revealing that after attempting to write a parallel biography of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson [1] that midbrow historian David McCullough chose to write a biography of John Adams.  It is also revealing that both his book and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Inventing America

Inventing America:  Jefferson’s Declaration Of Independence, by Gary Wills Let it be clearly understood, this is a bad book, but it is bad in an instructive way.  In reading this book, I was struck by how often the author makes … Continue reading

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