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Recent Book Reviews

Book reviews from the last 6 months.

Slavery’s Civil War?

Today we close our forum on "Slavery's Capitalism" with a post from Kevin Waite, Lecturer in Modern American History at Durham University in the UK. How, Waite asks, does the Civil War fit into the picture...
From The Junto on 21 Oct 2016

Charles Lee on a Fatal Sunday

Mount Vernon just shared an interview with Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone about their recently published book, Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle....
From Boston 1775 on 24 Aug 2016

Review: Matthew Karp, This Vast Southern Empire

Ben Park reviews Matthew Karp's new book, "This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy."
From The Junto on 14 Sep 2016

EMA Book Reviews: July 2016

The latest (July) EMA list of book reviews is now available here and under “Research.”
From Early Modern Architecture on 11 Jul 2016

A “(Mostly) True” Picture Book Landing Now

On Publishers Weekly’s new list of the best picture books of the year is A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785, written by Matthew Olshan...
From Boston 1775 on 12 Nov 2016

History (of Science) Books by Women

Last weekend saw several major newspapers publishing their books of the year list. Unfortunately these displayed, in several aspects, a serious lack of balance. Science and history of science books came...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 1 Dec 2016

Tom Feelings and Revolutionary Black History

I had the honor of meeting the artist Tom Feelings shortly before his death in 2003 when I drove him to a writers’ conference in New Hampshire. Feelings was then speaking about his monumental book...
From Boston 1775 on 22 Nov 2016

Review: The Age of Genius by A.C. Grayling

3/5 – This book left me with mixed feelings – especially as Grayling is one of the most respected modern philosophers and I had been excited to read the book (which I would suggest is...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 31 Aug 2016

Review: Zara Anishanslin, Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt reviews Zara Anishanslin's Portrait of a Woman in Silk.
From The Junto on 5 Oct 2016

But Enough about Me—Let’s Talk about My Book

Laura Beach of Antiques and the Arts recently interviewed me about how I got into researching and writing history and then creating this blog. Here’s a taste of that exchange: How broad is public...
From Boston 1775 on 14 Aug 2016

Reviews of American Revolutions

Probably the biggest Revolutionary War book out this year, in terms of its scope and the professional status of its author, is Alan Taylor’s American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804....
From Boston 1775 on 13 Sep 2016

Book Talk at the Massachusetts State Library, 29 Nov.

I’m pleased to report that The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War is now available in digital form for both the Kindle and Nook readers, as well as through iBooks....
From Boston 1775 on 25 Nov 2016

Longmore’s Invention of George Washington

In 1771 George Washington ordered a bookplate incorporating his family coat-of-arms to be engraved and asked for more than 400 printed copies. He didn’t have anywhere near 400 books at the time....
From Boston 1775 on 21 Nov 2016

Scarisbrick on MacCulloch

Writing for The Catholic Herald, Henry VIII biography J.J. (Jack) Scarisbrick reviews Diarmaid MacCulloch's book of essays on the Reformations (English and Continental):There are remarkable essays, for...

Abductions in the American Revolution

Book review: Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders by Christian McBurney (McFarland, April 2016) [BUY NOW...

Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America — A Review

Adam Nadeau Michael A. McDonnell, Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (New York: Hill and Wang, 2015) Michael A. McDonnell’s Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians...
From Borealia on 27 Jun 2016

Review and Giveaway: TIME AND REGRET by M. K. Tod

In M. K. Tod's third novel, TIME AND REGRET (Lake Union), a ticking-clock mystery provides the link between two narratives set in different eras. In March 1991, Grace Hansen, a just-divorced single mom...
From Writing the Renaissance on 2 Sep 2016

Studying Musket Balls with Daniel M. Sivilich

One of the experts who contributed expertise to the “Parker’s Revenge” project I discussed yesterday is Daniel M. Sivilich, predident of the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological...
From Boston 1775 on 27 Nov 2016

Commodities and Agents in the History of Slavery

We continue our week-long forum on Seth Rockman and Sven Beckert, eds., Slavery's Capitalism (UPenn, 2016). Today's contribution comes from Justin Leroy, an Assistant Professor in the Department of History...
From The Junto on 19 Oct 2016

Wellington’s Dearest Georgy: a review

For today’s blog we are going to review a new book by Alice Marie Crossland, Wellington’s Dearest Georgy, which explores the life of Lady Georgiana Lennox and sheds new light on the Duke of...
From All Things Georgian on 18 Oct 2016

On the Joseph Smith Papers, Documentary Editing Projects, and the Public

On September 19, a team of editors introduced the latest volume from the Joseph Smith Papers Project to a small group of scholars and bloggers gathered both in person and via skype. I readily...
From The Junto on 7 Oct 2016

Review: AT THE EDGE OF SUMMER by Jessica Brockmole

Summer is now in full swing, but there's no better time to read Jessica Brockmole's latest historical novel, AT THE EDGE OF SUMMER (Ballantine). Set in France during the years 1911 to 1919, it offers a...
From Writing the Renaissance on 9 Jul 2016

The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center

Website review: The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center (also on Facebook) Debunking myths is one of our favorite things at Journal of the American... The post The 18th Century Material...

Review: THE NINJA'S DAUGHTER: A Hiro Hattori Novel by Susan Spann

Exciting as it is to discover a new author's works, it can be even more satisfying to watch a favorite author's novels grow richer and ever more compelling. Susan Spann takes her Shinobi Mysteries to a...
From Writing the Renaissance on 16 Aug 2016

Putting Down Rebels

The first ten issues of the Rebels comic book have been collected in a single volume from Dark Horse. The series was conceived and scripted by Brian Wood on the model of his Northlanders series about Vikings:...
From Boston 1775 on 2 Dec 2016

Review: Steven Pincus, The Heart of the Declaration

Ken Owen reviews Steve Pincus's new book, "The Heart of the Declaration." Today's review will be followed by a Q&A with the author tomorrow.
From The Junto on 10 Oct 2016

The Final “Parker’s Revenge” Archeology Report

Last month the Friends of Minute Man National Park published the final report on the Parker’s Revenge Archeological Project. I first posted about this project back in 2012 when it was just getting...
From Boston 1775 on 26 Nov 2016

Book Review – Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany

Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany  by Margaret Brannan Lewis (Routledge, 2016), 204 pages, £95 Hardcover, £34.99 Kindle Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern...
From Deviant Maternity on 20 Jun 2016

Next JAR Book: The Burning of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee by Steven Park

On this day, the 244th anniversary of the actual attack, we are thrilled to announce that the next book in the Journal of the American Revolution book series will be The Burning of His Majesty’s...

Review: Emily Conroy-Krutz, Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic

Christopher Jones reviews Emily Conroy-Krutz's Christian Imperialism.
From The Junto on 18 Aug 2016

Slavery’s Capitalism Forum: Introduction

Today Juntoist Tom Cutterham introduces our week-long roundtable on the long-awaited University of Pennsylvania Press volume, Slavery's Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development, edited...
From The Junto on 17 Oct 2016

EMA Book Reviews: October 2016

The most recent EMA list of open-access book reviews is available here and under “Research.”
From Early Modern Architecture on 31 Oct 2016

Defiance: The Life and Choices of Lady Anne Barnard: Book Review

We were absolutely thrilled to be contacted by Faber and Faber to ask if we would like to review Stephen Taylor’s latest book which is due for release today, Defiance: The Life and Choices of...
From All Things Georgian on 3 Nov 2016

Book Review: How to Be a Tudor, by Ruth Goodman

What would Shakespeare have eaten, drunk, slept on, dressed in, and smelled like? When would he have broken his fast or eaten dinner? How was his life different in London than when he was living in Stratford-upon-Avon?...
From ASC Education on 10 Aug 2016

Valiant Ambition

Book review: Valiant Ambition. George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking Books. 2016) [BUY NOW ON AMAZON] Nathaniel Philbrick’s...

Review: House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

4.5 stars – I really liked this book, which is historical fiction, time-slip, fantasy, historical and contemporary romance, and even has a bit of murder mystery. There are three different storylines,...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 18 Sep 2016

Slave Economies of the U.S. North

Today we are pleased to continue our forum on Slavery's Capitalism, with a contribution from Christy Clark-Pujara, Assistant Professor of History in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University...
From The Junto on 20 Oct 2016

The Global and the Hemispheric

In their introduction to Slavery’s Capitalism, Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman write that the accumulation of scholarship about early American economic development necessitates “a fundamental...
From The Junto on 18 Oct 2016

Q&A with Steve Pincus, author of The Heart of the Declaration

The Junto interviews Steve Pincus, author of "The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders' Case for an Activist Government."
From The Junto on 11 Oct 2016

“In the Service of the Crown ever since I came into this Province”: The Life and Times of Cadwallader Colden

Today, Christopher Minty reviews "The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden."
From The Junto on 29 Aug 2016

Clark-Pujara on the Slave Trade in Salem, 26 Sept.

On Monday, 26 February, the Salem State University History Department and Salem Maritime National Historic Site will host Christy Clark-Pujara speaking on “The Business of Slavery in Colonial and...
From Boston 1775 on 20 Sep 2016

Caroline Cox’s Young Continentals

Caroline Cox’s Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution was published earlier this year by the University of North Carolina Press.Unfortunately, Cox, a professor at the University of the Pacific,...
From Boston 1775 on 23 Nov 2016