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Recent Book Reviews

Book reviews from the last 6 months.

Review: Coll Thrush, Indigenous London

Sara Georgini reviews Coll Thrush's recent book, "Indigenous London."
From The Junto on 16 Sep 2017

The Reintegration of South Carolina Loyalists after the Revolutionary War

Today, Christopher Minty reviews Rebecca Brannon's important FROM REVOLUTION TO REUNION.
From The Junto on 7 Jul 2017

“Colonial hijinks, high political drama, and Revolutionary War heroes”

Daniel Ford, author of the upcoming novel Sid Sanford Lives!, wrote a very nice review of my book on the website for the Writers’ Bone podcast. It’s part of a roundup headlined “Books...
From Boston 1775 on 13 Aug 2017

Book Review of Carla Gardina Pestana’s The English Conquest of Jamaica

It is an exciting time to be a scholar of Caribbean history. From conferences to publications, the past decade has seen historians of early America, Latin America, and the Atlantic world turn to the Caribbean...
From The Junto on 15 Aug 2017

Review: The Devil on the Road by Robert Westall

The Devil on the Road by Robert Westall was published in 1977 and recommended by my husband. Apparently, according to my husband, was a title on a reading list at school and he read it back in the...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 19 Jun 2017

American eclipse tourism in the nineteenth century

Steve Ruskin has achieved the history of astronomy equivalent of squaring the circle; he has written a popular history of astronomy book that is informative, enlightening, entertaining and at the same...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 10 Aug 2017

EMA Book Reviews: June 2017

The most recent EMA list of open-access book reviews is available here and under “Research.”
From Early Modern Architecture on 20 Jun 2017

Looking at Ben’s Revolution

This spring brought us a new book from Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill and Valiant Ambition, and Wendell Minor, jacket designer for John Adams and 1776. Unlike those books, Ben’s...
From Boston 1775 on 14 Jun 2017

A Presidential Plodder

Plodding Through the Presidents is Howard Dorre’s ongoing blog about reading Presidential biographies, starting with Flexner’s Washington: The Indispensable Man and getting as far as, well,...
From Boston 1775 on 9 Nov 2017

Juggling information

One of the parlour games played by intellectuals and academic, as well as those who like to think of themselves as such, is which famous historical figures would you invite to a cocktail or dinner party...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 22 Nov 2017

Guest Post: Review of An Aqueous Territory

Today’s review is by James Hill, who received his Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of the Bahamas. He has...
From The Junto on 27 Jun 2017

Book Review: The White King – Charles I by Leanda de Lisle

The White King, Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle certainly has quite a provocative title. Charles I remains a very polarising figure, in much the same manner as his contemporary,...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 30 Sep 2017

Historical Novels Set in Sixteenth-Century France

Tired of Tudors and Borgias? If you enjoy historical fiction set in sixteenth century France, here are some novels to seek out:ClassicsThe Princesse de Cleves (1678) by Madame de Lafayette (various...
From Writing the Renaissance on 15 Sep 2017

Review: Autumn of the Black Snake

Today at the Junto, Tom Cutterham reviews William Hogeland's new book on the United States' invasion of the Northwest in the 1790s. It’s fair to say that military history isn’t known for its...
From The Junto on 3 Jul 2017

The Legendary Words of Penelope Barker

Several recent books and websites quote Penelope Barker (shown here, courtesy of the Edenton Historical Commission), reputed organizer of the “Edenton Tea Party,” as making this statement about...
From Boston 1775 on 8 Dec 2017

Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island — A Review

Elizabeth L. Jewett Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, edited by Edward MacDonald, Joshua MacFadyen and Irené Novaczek (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s...
From Borealia on 24 Jul 2017

Shorto on Revolution Song in Boston, 30 Nov.

Back in 2009, Ray Raphael contributed a “guest blogger” posting here about his book Founders, which traces the history of the Revolution through seven individuals.Ray wrote: “One of the...
From Boston 1775 on 26 Nov 2017

Book Review: “Minette” by Melanie Clegg

Published by Madame Guillotine in 2013, Minette is the first part of Melanie Clegg’s two-part series of historical fiction books about Henrietta Anne, youngest daughter of King Charles I of England...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 19 Nov 2017

Exploring Fault Lines in the Constitution

In the coming weeks, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson will speak in various Massachusetts venues about their new book, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect...
From Boston 1775 on 2 Sep 2017

Review: “Pleasing Mr Pepys” by Deborah Swift

Pleasing Mr Pepys is the newest work by Deborah Swift and set to release this September (2017), and I was fortunate to have been given an advance review copy. To me, Swift brought...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 31 Jul 2017

Book Review: Max Mueller, “Race and the Making of the Mormon People”

Modern Mormonism is known for being a predominantly white religion—at least in America. But a new book by religious studies scholar Max Mueller argues that the LDS faith has a complex and evolving...
From The Junto on 26 Sep 2017

Book Review: “Nathaniel’s Nutmeg” by Giles Milton

In the present day, most of us can easily find spices such as nutmeg, mace, and much more at our local supermarkets. It certainly wasn’t always that easy to obtain such exotic spices – and,...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 29 Oct 2017

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: a review

Have you ever wanted to dress like a gorgeous Georgian? Well, now help is at hand in the form of the The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking by Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox. It is released...
From All Things Georgian on 12 Dec 2017

Boles on Jefferson in Boston, 14 Nov.

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty is a new biography of the third President by John B. Boles, a professor of history at Rice University. He was co-editor of the essay collection Seeing Jefferson...
From Boston 1775 on 12 Nov 2017

A Wee Budding Janeite Learns to Read

Jennifer Adams My Little Cities Books by Chronicle Books
From Jane Austen's World on 23 Oct 2017

Men of Mathematics

This is something that I wrote this morning as a response on the History of Astronomy mailing list; having written it I have decided to cross post it here. John Briggs is the second person in two...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 1 Nov 2017

The Great Man paradox – A coda: biographies

This is a follow up to my last post that was inspired by an interesting discussion on Twitter and by the comment on that post by Paul Engle, author of the excellent Conciatore: The Life and Times of 17th...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 14 Sep 2017

Review: Adam Jortner, Blood From the Sky

Adam Jortner, Blood from the Sky: Miracles and Politics in the Early American Republic (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017). The role of religion in the early republic has received a fair...
From The Junto on 27 Jul 2017

Q&A: Ernesto Bassi, author of An Aqueous Territory

Casey Schmitt interviews Ernesto Bassi, author of "An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada’s Transimperial Greater Caribbean World."
From The Junto on 28 Jun 2017

Book Review: “To Catch A King: Charles II’s Great Escape” by Charles Spencer

With To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape, out on the 5th October 2017, Charles Spencer has done it again. As the author of some fantastic books about seventeenth-century Britain, such as my...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 4 Oct 2017

EMA Book Reviews: October 2017

The most recent EMA list of open-access book reviews is available here and under “Research.”
From Early Modern Architecture on 5 Oct 2017

Review: LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

If, as Audrey Hepburn reminds us, "Paris is always a good idea," then Paris at Christmas is an even better one! Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take full advantage of the possibilities in LAST CHRISTMAS...
From Writing the Renaissance on 3 Oct 2017

Daen on Van Horn’s The Power of Objects

Laurel Daen recently reviewed Jennifer Van Horn’s The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America for H-Net. Here’s an interesting extract from that review:Van Horn uses portraits...
From Boston 1775 on 4 Oct 2017