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BIGGEST STORIES: 9/11
- Allen Matusow on"Grappling with the lessons of 9/11":
The 9/11 attacks seemed like a historic moment, but are they truly history, ripe for study?
Yes, says Rice University history professor Allen Matusow, and most historians agree. Recent
events can be approached historically even when their half-life is measured in months."There is such a thing as contemporary history," said Matusow, who specializes in 20th century American
history."People who live through it know things. One is how they felt when it was happening. The mere fact of
distance does not get you closer to the truth about an event. The best history of the Peloponnesian Wars
was by Thucydides, and he fought in it."
Matusow has the luxury, actually the necessity, to have his students explore the origins of 9/11 in
unabbreviated fashion. One of his courses traces the evolution of anti-Western Islamic thought and the
birth of al-Qaida in the Afghan war of a generation ago. For younger students, and those who teach them,
the hurdle is context in the face of time constraints. -
Houston Chronicle, 9-10-08
- McCain, Obama Arrive for 9/11 Anniversary -
NY Sun, 9-10-08
- Gil Troy: 9/11 and the race for the White House -
Jerusalem Post, 9-10-08
- David McQuilkin on"Sept. 11 leaves confused legacy on college campuses":
David McQuilkin, a history and political science professor at Bridgewater, says the
9/11 attacks are no longer the major discussion topic that they once were in his classroom,
and students rarely raise the issue.
From his perspective as a historian, this is to be expected, because McQuilkin thinks 9/11
will not figure as prominently into the American story as the bombing of Pearl Harbor 60
years earlier. The difference, McQuilkin said, has been the response. After Pearl Harbor,
America's immediate, unified, sustained reaction saw the country through World War II and established
it as a world power (this, at least, is the generally-accepted narrative)."We haven’t seen 9/11 reach that kind of visceral level within the American experience," said McQuilkin. -
Rocktown Weekly, VA, 9-11-08
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IN THE NEWS:
- Dan Preston: UMW prof helps PBS hosts verify Monroe letter -
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA, 9-15-08
- Africa has a right to claim reparations, says Niger historian -
- David Reynolds: Will host ambitious new British TV series about the US -
- Ann M. Little: Historian complains she was a victim of bullying in her department -
Piper Fogg in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, 9-12-08
- Critics assail quality of new State Department histories -
Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists, 9-10-08
- Joel Beinin: Campus Watch assails his views (again) but praises his candor -
Campus Watch, 9-10-08
- New posting to curriculum board reignites history wars in Australia -
- House Panel Fully Funds NHPRC; Increases Funding for NARA -
Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH), 9-9-08
- National Security Archive and Historians Secure Long Secret Rosenberg Grand Jury Testimony -
National Security Archive, 9-9-08
|REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:|
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
- Ron Suskind: Reign of Counterterror THE WAY OF THE WORLD
A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism -
- Ron Suskind: THE WAY OF THE WORLD A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, First Chapter -
- Andrew J. Bacevich: We Got Trouble
THE LIMITS OF POWER The End of American Exceptionalism -
- Fergus M. Bordewich on Annette Gordon-Reed: American Roots
THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO An American Family -
- Bob Woodward: Yes Men
What happens when the president's advisers don't speak up
THE WAR WITHIN A Secret White House History 2006-2008 -
- Mark A. Noll: Undressing the Body Politic
GOD AND RACE IN AMERICAN POLITICS A Short History -
OP-EDs & LETTERS:
- Leonid Petrov on"Kim rumours provide a wake-up call":
For Leonid Petrov, North Korea historian at Australian National University, this tug of war over reforms
is key to how North Koreans will respond to the demise of Kim Jong-il. He says the population was badly
traumatised by the death of Kim Il-sung - partly because of the personality cult which surrounded him,
but partly also because it heralded a period of intense isolation and impoverishment in which more
than a million people may have died. Dr Petrov suggests any internal candidate able to preserve
short-term stability would probably be more conservative than Kim Jong-il.
But he warns against any such candidate attempting to roll back the economic reforms that
have allowed North Koreans a little more room to make an independent living. -
BBC News, 9-10-08
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HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:
|EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:|
EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:
- Michael Beschloss: Historian Says Decades From Now Bush Legacy Could Be One Of High-Regard -"The way presidential history works is that the longer you wait, the fairer the judgment. Looking back,
we have access to all kinds of information – letters, correspondence, records." -
Bristol Herald Courier, 9-14-08
- Thurston Clarke: Recalls"turmoil" of JFK era in Yale talk -
Yale Daily News, 9-9-08
- Mark Scherer: Historian, First Amendment lawyer discuss conflicting rights -
First Amendment Center, TN, 9-5-08
- Lerone Bennett, Jr; Lincoln not hero of legend -
- September 17, 2008: Proctor.Michael Gannon, professor emeritus of history from UF, will open
the Samuel Proctor Florida History Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Pugh Hall Ocora with a talk
titled"Ponce De Leon and the Discovery of Florida." The series is sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for
Public Service and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. -
University of Florida, Gainesville, 9-12-08
- September 17, 2008:
Princeton historian Barbara Oberg, general editor of"The Papers of Thomas Jefferson," will deliver
a Constitution Day lecture on"Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Citizens" at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Princeton University -
Princeton University, NJ, 9-10-08
- September 18, 2008: Dr. Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of
American History at Harvard University, will deliver the Richard S. Wells Lecture. Lepore's topic will be"Paper Trail: The Rise and Fall of the Paper Ballot."
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in
the Jaylee M. Mead Auditorium of the Patricia A. Sullivan Science Building at the University of North Carolina Greensboro -
UNCG University News, NC, 9-15-08
- October 18, 2008: History buffs and students alike are encouraged to attend"The Legacy of Stones River: Pathways to Freedom" in Murfreesboro, an Oct. 18 symposium focusing
on the demise of slavery during the Civil War and feature distinguished speakers. -
Murfreesboro Post, TN, 9-15-08
- The Weather Channel's original program:"When Weather Changed History":
Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on
Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. -
When Weather Changed History
- Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year -
- History Channel:"Mega Disasters: Earthquake in the Heartland,"
Monday, September 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Journey to 10,000 BC,"
Monday, September 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery: Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,"
Tuesday, September 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Surviving History: - Surviving History," Marathon
Tuesday, September 16, @ 4-7pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries: Mega-Structures of the Deep,"
Tuesday, September 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Special: An Alien History of Planet Earth,"
Wednesday, September 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"UFO Files: UFOs and the White House,"
Wednesday, September 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"MonsterQuest: Bigfoot in New York,"
Wednesday, September 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"MonsterQuest: Lake Monsters of the North,"
Wednesday, September 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Jurassic Fight Club: Raptor's Last Stand ,"
Wednesday, September 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"The Day the Towers Fell. ,"
Thursday, September 18, @ 12pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Journey to 10,000 BC,"
Thursday, September 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Last Stand of The 300,"
Thursday, September 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,"
Friday, September 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Antietam,"
Friday, September 19, @ 4pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Journey to the Center of the World,"
Friday, September 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Modern Marvels: Gold Mines,"
Friday, September 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"MonsterQuest," Marathon,
Saturday, September 20, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,"
Saturday, September 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
- History Channel:"Forbidden City Revealed,"
Sunday, September 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
- C-Span2, BookTV: History
Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution
Author: Tony Williams
- Saturday at 12:00 PM ET -
- C-Span2, BookTV: History
Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Author: Douglas Blackmon
- Saturday at 1:30 PM -
- C-Span2, BookTV: History
My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
Author: Panel of Speakers - Saturday at 4:00 PM -
- C-Span2, BookTV: 2008 Virginia Festival of the Book - Sear Carr,"The Panic of 1907:
Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm"
Author: Sean Carr Saturday at 10:40 AM, Saturday at 2:40 PM, and Sunday at 10:40 PM -
|SELLING BIG (NYT):|
SELLING BIG (NYT):
Week of September 14, 2008
- Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION
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- David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA
#5 -- (5 weeks on list) -
- Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER
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- Kaylene Johnson: SARAH
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- Thomas Frank: THE WRECKING CREW
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- Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway: WE ARE SOLDIERS STILL
- T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE
- Noah Andre Trudeau: SOUTHERN STORM
- Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
- Tom Chaffin: The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy, September 30, 2008
- James M. McPherson: Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, October 7, 2008
- Jeff Belanger: Who's Haunting the White House?: The President's Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There,
October 7, 2008
- David Hackett Fischer: Champlain's Dream, October 14, 2008
- Joe Hilley: Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, October 16, 2008
- Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861,
October 21, 2008
- Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 21, 2008
- H. W. Brands: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
November 4, 2008
- Carlo D'Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
- Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, November 11, 2008
- Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845,
December 9, 2008
- George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865,
December 23, 2008