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books


  • A Fresh Take on Watergate Illuminates the Present

    by James Thornton Harris

    While Richard Nixon’s rise and fall has been repeatedly examined — there are more than a dozen biographies of him — John Farrell’s book, Richard Nixon, a Life, offers many new insights.



  • Three Recent Books Examine Frederick Douglass' Legacy

    by Allis Radosh

    Frederick Douglass: America’s Prophet by D.H. Dilbeck, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man by Timothy Sandefur, and Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight all offer a different interpretation of Douglass. 



  • The Troubling History of Psychiatry

    Challenges to the legitimacy of the profession have forced it to examine itself, including the fundamental question of what constitutes a mental disorder.


  • Into the Teeth of the Dragon’s Jaw in Vietnam

    by Erik Moshe

    The Thanh Hoa, or “Dragon’s Jaw” bridge was one tough target to crack for war strategists and military pilots during the Vietnam War. Erik Moshe interviewed the authors of Dragon's Jaw to learn more. 



  • Sarah Knott Looks at Pregnancy and Mothering Through the Ages

    Knott, a professor at Indiana University, uses her own path to motherhood, which includes a miscarriage and two successful pregnancies, as the scaffolding for her engaging and pleasingly radical “unconventional history” of this subject. 


  • Is the Western World Declining and Russia Rising?

    by Walter G. Moss

    Yes, according to Glenn Diesen’s 2018 book The Decay of Western Civilization and Resurgence of Russia. But this isn't the first time scholars have made such a prediction and been wrong.