Robert C. Trumpbour and Kenneth Womack, “The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston’s Iconic Astrodome” (U Nebraska Press, 2016)
It rose against the Texas sun in all its architectural audacity: a domed stadium big enough to cover a baseball field. When it opened in 1965, the Houston Astrodome defied engineering precedent and forever changed professional sports. Today, its legacy today is complicated, and its future remains uncertain. Robert Trumpbour and... Read More
Chad R. Diehl, “Resurrecting Nagasaki: Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives” (Cornell UP, 2018)
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki both play a central role in any narrative of the end of the East Asia-Pacific War in 1945, yet Hiroshima has consistently drawn more attention in the ensuing decades. In Resurrecting Nagasaki: Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives (Cornell University Press, 2018), Chad Diehl... Read More
Patricia O’Toole, “The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made” (Simon and Schuster, 2018)
Whether you love him or hate him, it is indisputable that few, if any, other 20th-century American presidents were as historically consequential as Woodrow Wilson. Historian Patricia O’Toole explores the many complexities and ramifications of the Wilson presidency in her book The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made... Read More
Sara Komarnisky, “Mexicans in Alaska: An Ethnography of Mobility, Place, and Transnational Life” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
“There are Mexicans in Alaska?” This was the response Sara Komarnisky heard repeatedly when describing her research on three generations of transnational migrants who divide their time between Anchorage, Alaska and Acuitzio del Canje, Michoacán, Mexico. In her multi-sited ethnography, Mexicans in Alaska: An Ethnography of Mobility, Place, and Transnational... Read More
Kevin Hamilton and Ned O’Gorman, “Lookout America!: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War” (Dartmouth College Press, 2018)
One of the major aspects of the end of the Cold War has been the discovery and release of records related to many government activities from the period. In Lookout America!: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War (Dartmouth College Press, 2018), Kevin Hamilton and Ned... Read More
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