Week of October 22, 2012






News at Home

The Curious Creation (and Unintended Consequences) of the Electoral College
Ray Raphael

The Framers would be aghast at our electoral politics today.

Presidential “Czars”: A Constitutional Aberration
Mitchel A. Sollenberger and Mark J. Rozell

Obama has appointed more executive branch czars than any other president.

Barack D. Eisenhower
Dennis Gaffney

Why Obama is like Ike.

Hetch Hetchy Redux: An Effort to Turn Back the Environmental Clock
Nancy C. Unger

Inside the efforts to drain the San Francisco reservoir.


News Abroad

Face/Off: The Last 2012 Presidential Debate
Timothy R. Furnish

On foreign policy, the candidates are practically identical.

Big Maps, Big Dreams, and the Failure of the Obama Doctrine
Nick Turse

Don't count on the Pentagon ever changing its first principles.

Why the Only Solution is the Two-State Solution
Asher Susser

A one-state solution means the end of a Jewish Israel.


Historians & History

The Importance of Doing Recent History
Renee Romano and Claire Potter

Navigating a bewildering world of new sources, new media, and information overload.

The Inevitability of the Cold War
Michael Dobbs

Six months in 1945 determined the course of the next half-century.


Blogs

High Speed Amtrak: Part II
Jim Loewen

Amtrak's Quik-Trip from Chicago to St. Louis.

With Apologies to Browning...
Josh Brown's Life During Wartime

The GOP's rape problem.


Books

Review of Emily Bernard's Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance
Doug Ireland

Carl Van Vechten stand as a beacon of light to those truly committed to grappling with queer and black issues.

Review of Paul S. Boyer's American History: A Very Short Introduction
Jim Cullen

A solid, workmanlike, and inexpensive approach to U.S. history for students.



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