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Recent Posts: Book Reviews

Book reviews from the last six months.

Socializing, Speculating, and Speaking French in François Furstenberg’s Philadelphia

Michael Blaakman reviews François Furstenberg's new book, "When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation."
From The Junto 8 Oct 2014

Book Review: “The Horses of St Mark’s: A Story of Triumph in Byzantium, Paris and Venice”

Replica quadriga (four horses) of Saint Mark’s, Venice, late 20th century (after originals probably from the 2nd to 4th centuries CE) I visited St. Mark’s in Venice on a study abroad over ten...
From Alberti's Window 21 Sep 2014

Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence

Book Review: Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence by Jack Kelly. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. Hardback. $27.00. ISBN: 978-1-137-27877-7; 368 pages, Index. It is difficult...

St. Nicholas Owen in The Catholic Herald

Francis Phillips reviews a new book about St. Nicholas Owen:While on holiday last week I read “St Nicholas Owen: Priest-hole Maker” by Tony Reynolds (published by Gracewing, £9.99.) I have always...

Book Review: The Last White Rose

As Kirkus Reviews describes this book:The Tudors have been written about ad nauseam, but historian Seward (Eugenie: The Empress and Her Empire, 2004, etc.) opens another branch of study harkening back...

Eighteenth-Century Comics from E. J. Barnes

One of the contributors to Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 is the Cambridge writer-artist E. J. Barnes, who tells the story of Thomas Morton’s short-lived early-1600s colony at what is now Mount...
From Boston 1775 30 Sep 2014

Book Review: The Heresy of Formlessness

I purchased this book at Eighth Day Books, BTW. Martin Mosebach is a Catholic German layman, a writer (novels, screenplays, short stories, poems, essays, etc). Ignatius Press published this translation...

Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence

Book Review: Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence by Ken Miller (Cornell University Press, 2014; ISBN 978-0801450556) A glance at the title gives...

Meditating on Materiality – a 3-part book review (Part 3)

This is a review article (posted in three parts) which has been accepted for publication in 2014 by Edinburgh University Press in Cultural History Renata Ago, Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in...

Guest Post: Diplomacy, Slavery, Quids, and Much More in the Latest Volume of the Papers of James Monroe

Guest poster Cassandra Good, Associate Editor at The Papers of James Monroe, details some of the more interesting content from the project's most recent volume.
From The Junto 7 Oct 2014

A Bite of Joel Christian Gill’s Strange Fruit

As I mentioned back here, I scripted one of the stories in the new anthology Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750. I wrote that script with the artist Joel Christian Gill in mind, and was lucky enough...
From Boston 1775 1 Oct 2014

Another Kind of Blood: Edward Baptist on America’s Slaver Capitalism

REVIEW: The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. By Edward E. Baptist. New York: Basic Books, 2014.
From The Junto 1 Sep 2014

Blog Tour Interview for "The Paradise Tree"

I met Mary-Eileen Russell, who writes under the nom de plume, Elena Maria Vidal, at the Catholic Writers Guild Live Conference in 2010. She reviewed my book, Supremacy and Survival, and I have reviewed...

Review: “Killers of the King” by Charles Spencer

A few months ago, I found out about this upcoming release from Charles Spencer. Naturally, given its subject matter, I was excited. I was jumping up and down when I received an advanced copy of “Killers...

Book Review: “From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David”

Michelangelo, “David,” 1501-1504. Marble, 17′ tall. Image via Wikipedia, courtesy of Rico Heil This summer I’ve found it more convenient to read eBooks for a variety of reasons,...
From Alberti's Window 31 Aug 2014

Book Review: Maura D’Amore, Suburban Plots: Men at Home in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture

D’Amore, Maura. Suburban Plots: Men at Home in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014. The world was a strange and startling place for Rip Van Winkle...
From The Junto 26 Aug 2014

English Recusant Composers in StAR

I mentioned that I would share the cover of the September/October issue of the Saint Austin Review as soon as it was available, and here it is!But I can do even more, because Joseph Pearce (I presume)...

Half a Million Steps Along the Freedom Trail

Big congratulations to Charles Bahne for reaching the “half a million copies in print” milestone with his Compete Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail!This paperback is not only a thorough and affordable...
From Boston 1775 23 Aug 2014

Review: Darling of Kings by P.J. Womack

The Darling of Kings is a brilliant historical novel which charts the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most legendary personages in British history. I was intrigued and excited when I was offered...

American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution

Book Review: American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution by Walter R. Borneman (ISBN 978-0-316-22102-3; 470 pages) concentrates on the months from late 1774 to Washington taking command...