Matt Jensen,"Sin Happens," Books & Culture, July/August, reviews Alan Jacobs's Original Sin: A Cultural History. Alan blogs at The American Scene and keeps a commonplace book, more than 95 theses.
Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition has announced the finalists for the Tenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize. They are: Anthony E. Kaye's Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South, Kristin Mann's Slavery and the Birth of an African City: Lagos, 1760-1900, Chandra Manning's What this Cruel War was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War, and Stephanie E. Smallwood's Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora.
Daniel Stashower,"Master Swindler," Washington Post, 20 July, reviews Edward Dolnick's The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century.
Jennifer Schuessler,"A History of Abuse in the War on Terror," NYT, 22 July, reviews Jane Mayer's The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals.
- Arizona Historical Society soon could be history
- Yale's Donald Kagan says students need to study Western civilization
- Ken Burns on Colbert to promote his new documentary, "The Address"
- UC Santa Barbara History Department featuring a series on the Great Society at 50
- Historians are trying to recover censored texts from World War I poets