History Buzz: January 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

January 30, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
MOST POPULAR:
  • Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment, is the most popular history blog on the Internet.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Peter N. Stearns on the word “cool”: “We were dealing with a culture that was placing an increasing premium on controlling emotion, particularly anger.” The hippies in the 1960s used the word to “promote the notion that they were relaxed and not angry…” – Newsday, 1-29-06
  • Gil Troy on Stephen Harper as new Canadian PM: “Welcome to the major leagues. It’s a very important lesson to learn at the beginning of his leadership. Lesson No. 1 is that once you become the leader of a nation, you now are public property. You belong to history….” – The Ottawa Citizen, 1-28-06
SPOTTED:
ON TV:
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, #10 (13 weeks on list) – 1-30-06
  • Taylor Branch: At Canaan’s Edge, #16 (1 week on list)- 1-30-06
  • David McCullough: 1776, #18 – 1-30-06
  • Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster: Parish Priest, #24 – 1-30-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Linda Eisenmann: Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965, Feb. 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Frank T. Kryza: The Race for Timbuktu : In Search of Africa’s City of Gold, Feb. 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, February 7, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Deborah Davis: Party of the Century : The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black-and-White Ball, Feb. 24, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Robert L. McLaughlin, Sally E. Parry: We’ll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema During World War II, Mar. 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge : Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Apr. 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 5:02 PM

January 23, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
MOST POPULAR:
  • Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment, is the most popular history blog on the Internet.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED:
OP-ED:
  • Jeffrey Kimball: A Firebell Rings in the Night, but Where Are the Historians? – POTUS HNN, 1-21-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Canter Brown: “You always hope there’s some middle ground. I know for a fact many individuals who proudly associate themselves with the Confederate flag and the heritage it represents are not racist in their intentions…” – The Ledger, 1-22-06
  • Robert Dallek on Reagan’s legacy: “But when you go through the scandals we have seen… Reagan and Kennedy become all the more appealing.” Chicago Tribune, 1-21-06
SPOTTED:
  • John Lewis Gaddis: Discussing The Cold War: A New History @ the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., February 2, 2006, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Cold War International History Project
  • Stanford historian Richard White: Lecture part of UCSC Alumni Association Distinguished Visiting Professor program (Feb. 15, 2006) – UC Santa Cruz Currents, 1-23-06
  • Yale’s Paul Kennedy: Lecture to discuss the connections between Darwin, survival, and Empire (Jan. 20, 2006) – Press Zoom, 1-21-06
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian coming to Springfield (Feb. 11-12, 2006) – sj-r.com, 1-20-06
  • Thomas J. Sugrue: Lecture “Beyond Apocalypse: Rethinking America in the 1960s” at the Minnesota History Center, (Jan. 21, 2006) – Pioneer Press, 1-20-06
  • Juan Cole: Examines Jihadist Groups at UCLA (Jan. 18, 2006) – UCLA, International Institute, 1-20-06
ON TV:
  • Laura Fisher: “The War That Made America” on PBS – NYT, 1-18-06
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, #9 (12 weeks on list) – 1-22-06
  • David McCullough: 1776, #11 (34 weeks on list) – 1-22-06
  • Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster: Parish Priest, #20 – 1-22-06
  • Taylor Branch: At Canaan’s Edge, #30 – 1-22-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Leanda de Lisle: After Elizabeth : The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle For the Throne of England, Jan. 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Linda Eisenmann: Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965, Feb. 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Frank T. Kryza: The Race for Timbuktu : In Search of Africa’s City of Gold, Feb. 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, February 7, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Deborah Davis: Party of the Century : The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black-and-White Ball, Feb. 24, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Robert L. McLaughlin, Sally E. Parry: We’ll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema During World War II, Mar. 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge : Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Apr. 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 5:35 PM

January 16, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
MOST POPULAR:
  • Dan Cohen: 10 Most Popular History Syllabi – Dan Cohen Blog, 1-11-06
  • Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment, is the most popular history blog on the Internet.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Fatima Muge Gocek: Statement on Armenian Genocide Cause Anger Tide among Turkish Organizations – PanArmenian.Net, 1-12-06
QUOTED:
  • Gordon Wood on Benjamin Franklin: “He certainly is a multiplicity of persona, so one never knows which one is the real Franklin.” – AP, 1-14-06
  • John Hudson on Thomas Becket: “Those who share my prejudice against him may consider his assassination in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December, 1170, a fittingly grisly end.” – Wimbledon Guardian, 1-13-06
SPOTTED:
ON TV:
  • Lincoln on the History Chanel, Monday, January 16 @ 8PM/7C
  • The History Channel: Announces the Line-Up for Its Groundbreaking Programming Event ’10 DAYS THAT UNEXPECTEDLY CHANGED AMERICA’ (April, 2006) – The Futon Critic, 1-11-06
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, #8 (11 weeks on list) – 1-15-06
  • David McCullough: 1776, #10 (33 weeks on list) – 1-15-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Leanda de Lisle: After Elizabeth : The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle For the Throne of England, January 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • James B. Jacobs: Mobsters, Unions, And Feds: The Mafia And the American Labor Movement, January, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Linda Eisenmann: Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965, February 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Frank T. Kryza: The Race for Timbuktu : In Search of Africa’s City of Gold, February 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, February 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Robert L. McLaughlin, Sally E. Parry: We’ll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema During World War II, March 2006 – Amazon.com
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 3:34 PM

January 9, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • John Womack on Subcomandante Marcos: “That moment 12 years back, when the Zapatistas came down from the mountains with the thrill of purifying the country, is gone.” – Newsweek, 1-16-06
  • Julian Zelizer on the Alito hearings: “Whereas with Roberts, senators were dealing with more of a mystery, now it’s more Alito needing to defend or explain his statements.” – San Francisco Chronicle, 1-8-06
  • Kenneth T. Jackson on NY Museum: “My view is that the great advantage of the museum, is that it’s about the city of New York.” – NYT, 1-8-06
  • Timuel Black on Lou Rawls’ passing: “He was so appealing that he crossed racial ethnic barriers. He was a non-braggadocio guy who people could easily like.” – Chicago Tribune, 1-7-06
  • Barbara Dafoe Whitehead on the conventionial romantic movie formula: “We’re in a talky culture. We talk everything to death…” – Los Angeles Times, 1-4-06
  • Historians discuss California dreamin’ – The Valley Herald, 1-1-06
SPOTTED:
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, #3 (10 weeks on list) – 1-8-06
  • David McCullough: 1776, #7 (32 weeks on list) – 1-8-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Taylor Branch: At Canaan’s Edge : America in the King Years, 1965-68, January 10, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Leanda de Lisle: After Elizabeth : The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle For the Throne of England, January 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • James B. Jacobs: Mobsters, Unions, And Feds: The Mafia And the American Labor Movement, January, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Linda Eisenmann: Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965, February 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Frank T. Kryza: The Race for Timbuktu : In Search of Africa’s City of Gold, February 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, February 1, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Robert L. McLaughlin, Sally E. Parry: We’ll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema During World War II, March 2006 – Amazon.com
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 5:00 PM

January 2, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Donald Richie on the Year’s Judicial Nominations: “Through most of the 20th century there were very few occasions of straight party- line votes. House rules favor the majority; the Senate by nature has to be more bipartisan.” – Legal Times, 12-30-05
  • Adrian R. Lewis on War Heros: “The media was a lot more supportive then. That was a big difference…” – Newhouse News Service, 12-30-05
  • Jack Bass on S.C. Historical Society’s 150th: “Most people don’t realize that history is the collective experience of all of us…” – Myrtle Beach Online, 12-29-05
  • Historian Michael Bliss: “I think the (Peter) Newman book, trashy and wretched as it is, is simply further evidence of the argument I make …that (Brian) Mulroney was a throwback to an earlier political style and that he might have made a good mayor of Boston in the 1940s.” – Vancouver Sun, 12-28-06
  • Alan Brinkley on Clinton Inpeachment in Textbooks: “It should not be in the book for titillating purposes or settling scores. It should be in the book because of its significance to our recent history.” – AP, 12-27-05
SPOTTED:
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, makes it to #1 this week (9 weeks on list) – 1-1-06
  • David McCullough: 1776, #5 (31 weeks on list) – 1-1-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Amanda Mackenzie Stuart: Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age, January 3, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • James Risen: State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, January 3, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Taylor Branch: At Canaan’s Edge : America in the King Years, 1965-68, January 10, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Leanda de Lisle: After Elizabeth : The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle For the Throne of England, January 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
THE YEAR IN REVIEW:
  • 2005 was bad news:
    Douglas Brinkley: “Look, if you think there were greener pastures in another era, I have one word for you: dentistry…
    Rick Shenkman: “No question, 2005 was a bad year, but there’s no indication 2006 will be any better…” USA Today, 12-28-05
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 2:51 PM

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