The bulk of the book is classic Brookhiser. Short, pithy and insightful description of history and its impact/significance. But it is also an argument about American nationalism and the need for remembering who we are and how we got here.
Tag - American History
No matter your opinion of George W Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, a lot of momentous events happened during his eight years in office; from the controversy of his election to 9/11 from Iraq and Afghanistan to Katrina and TARP. Getting his perspective on them is worthwhile.
In Countdown to Pearl Harbor Steve Twomey revisits the reasons why the Americans were so caught off-guard by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Still to this day it astounds me at the incompetence and arrogance of America’s leaders as Japan prepared for war against the United States. Twomey does a masterful job of bringing this incompetence and arrogance into blindingly bright light. He uses countless examples of the lackadaisical attitude of officers at Pearl Harbor that led to the...
A masterpiece on one of America's most powerful political families in the first half of the Twentieth Century, the Roosevelts. The Wars of the Roosevelts is a deep look at Presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, their spouses, siblings, and children which shows the cut-throat nature of the family as each person (Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor) rose in political power.
Although at first blush the title of John Oller's The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution seems a bit hyperbolic, but after reading it, I agree. An excellent book that describes the exploits of one of the saviors of the American Revolution in the South.
Part one of a conversation with Joseph Bottum, author of An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America, about American Religious History and its impact today on our culture, politics and public life.
Another fascinating episode of Between the Covers. I am hoping to post both a review of An Anxious Age and an interview with the author myself in the not too distant future.
Any fan of Civil War history would enjoy this engaging and enlightening take on the causes of the Civil War.