Mark T. Calhoun, “General Lesley J. McNair: Unsung Architect of the U.S. Army” (UP of Kansas, 2018)
Even now, eighty years after its beginning in Europe, the Second World War continues to exert tremendous cultural and social influence on American historical writing. Perhaps one of the best testaments to this phenomenon is the increased interest in biographies of the war’s primary and secondary army commanders. Remarkably there... Read More
William Kelso, “Jamestown: The Truth Revealed” (U Virginia Press, 2017)
In Jamestown: The Truth Revealed (University of Virginia Press, 2017; paperback, 2018), William Kelso, Emeritus Head Archaeologist of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, takes us literally to the soil where the 1607 Jamestown colony began, unearthing footprints of a series of structures, beginning with the James Fort, to reveal fascinating evidence of the... Read More
Clarence Taylor, “Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City” (NYU Press, 2018)
In his most new book Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City (NYU Press, 2018), Clarence Taylor, dean of the history of the civil rights movement in New York, looks at black resistance to police brutality in the city, and institutional efforts to hold the... Read More
Alexander S. Dawson, “The Peyote Effect: From the Inquisition to the War on Drugs” (U California Press, 2018)
Peyote occupies a curious place in the United States and Mexico: though prohibited by law, its use remains permissible in both countries for ceremonial practices in certain religions. As Alexander S. Dawson reveals in The Peyote Effect: From the Inquisition to the War on Drugs (University of California Press, 2018),... Read More
Ellen Moore, “Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus” (Duke UP, 2017)
I don’t know about the colleges and universities you’re familiar with, but the U.S. military has a pretty visible presence on my campus—through the ROTC, a newly remodeled Veterans Resource Center, and the student veterans themselves who enroll in my classes each semester. So I was immediately intrigued when I... Read More
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