Tevi TroyWhat Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House

September 19, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] Presidents, you know, are people too. They read the newspaper (including the sports page and the funnies), settle in with books (yes, beach reading too), watch movies and TV (after all, they have a private theatre in the White House), and listen to music (“President Obama, what’s on your iPod?”). [...]

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Robert HorwitzAmerica’s Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party

September 18, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Robert Horwitz is the author of America’s Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party (Polity, 2013). Horwitz is professor in the Department of Communications at the University of California San Diego. Over the last few months, we’ve heard from several authors discuss their books about neoliberalism and the Tea Party. [...]

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John K. ThorntonA Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820

September 12, 2013

Thanks in no small part to John K. Thornton, professor of history at Boston University, the field of Atlantic history has emerged as one of the most exciting fields of historical research over the past quarter century. Thornton has long insisted that the the age of discovery fostered linkages between the Americas, Europe, and Africa [...]

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Kate BrownPlutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

September 11, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Book in History] Kate Brown’s Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2013) is a tale of two atomic cities—one in the US (Richland, Washington) and one in the Soviet Union (Ozersk, Russia)—united by their production of plutonium. Seeking the security they believed could come only from settlements of [...]

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William J. BushGreenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of the Kingston Trio

September 10, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Music] After the huge success of Elvis Presley there was a moment when it looked as if rock ‘n’ roll might, indeed, be nothing more than a fad. Its successor in the world of popular music would be folk music, and its undisputed leader was the Kingston Trio. In Greenback Dollar: [...]

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Michael LindLand of Promise: An Economic History of the United States

September 9, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Over the last several podcasts, authors (Stedman Jones, Buchman, and Tienken) have repeatedly evoked neoliberalism. A new book helps to place this term and its meaning in American political history into better context. Michael Lind, the author of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States (Harper, 2012), has written a [...]

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Mark A. LargentVaccine: The Debate in Modern America

September 6, 2013

Children born in the 1970s and 1980s received just a handful of vaccinations: measles, rubella, and a few others. Beginning the 1990s, the numbers of mandated vaccines exploded, so that today a fully-vaccinated child might receive almost three dozen vaccinations by the time he or she turns six. Worries over vaccinations are nothing new, but [...]

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Michael Innis-JimenezSteel Bario: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940

September 2, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Book in Political Science] Michael Innis-Jimenez is the author of Steel Bario: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940 (New York University Press, 2013). Innis-Jimenez is assistant professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama. His book explores the lives of Mexican newcomers to Chicago primarily during the Great Depression. He [...]

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Virginia Gray, David Lowery, and Jennifer BenzInterest Group$ and Health Care Reform Across the United State$

September 2, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Virginia Gray, David Lowery, and Jennifer Benz are the authors of Interest Group$ and Health Care Reform Across the United State$ (Georgetown University Press, 2013). Gray is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, UNC, Chapel Hill, Lowery is Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University, and Jennifer Benz is a Senior Researcher at NORC [...]

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Mishuana GoemanMark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations

September 2, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Native American Studies] The maps drawn up by early settlers to plot their inexorable expansion were not the first representations of North American space. Colonialism does not simply impose a new reality, after all, but attempts to shatter and discard whole systems of understanding. Indigenous maps preceded the colonial encounter and [...]

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