History Buzz: May 2007

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.

May 28, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Andrew Polsky on “Campaign tunes not so simple in US campaigns”: “This is a mistake waiting to happen in New York. Some campaign adviser who cooked up this scheme may be updating his resume if it blows up in her face.” – Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 5-28-07
  • Edward Widmer on “Things U.S. presidential hopefuls would rather forget”: “There’s always a tension between what can be said, what should be said and what must be said. The first candidate to calibrate this tension may move to the head of the pack.” – International Herald Tribune, 5-27-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Douglas Brinkley: On Reagan’s Incredibly Personal Account – FoxNews, 5-23-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: Interviewed on Meet the Press about the Reagan diaries – Meet the Press, 5-20-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: The pure Reagan emerges from diaries ‘The Reagan Diaries’ reveals a president who’s thoroughly comfortable with himself – Los Angeles Times, CA, 5-23-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 05-28-1754 – Lieutenant Colonel George Washington begins the Seven Years’ War
  • 05-28-1863 – Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.
  • 05-28-1918 – U.S. troops score victory at Cantigny
  • 05-28-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • 05-28-1940 – Belgium surrenders unconditionally
  • 05-28-1969 – U.S. troops abandon “Hamburger Hill”
  • 05-28-1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.
  • 05-28-2003 – Pres. Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.
  • 05-29-1780 – Tarleton gives “quarter” in South Carolina
  • 05-28-1765 – Patrick Henry bitterly denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • 05-28-1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.
  • 05-29-1843 – Fremont begins his second western expedition
  • 05-29-1848 – Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States.
  • 05-29-1864 – Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
  • 05-29-1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues general amnesty for all Confederates
  • 05-29-1917 – John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.
  • 05-29-1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats
  • 05-29-1942 – Bing Crosby recorded his version of “White Christmas.” It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.
  • 05-29-1988 – Reagan arrives in Moscow for summit talks
  • 05-29-1990 – Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the parliament.
  • 05-30-1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic.
  • 05-30-1536 – King Henry VIII of England married his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after he had his 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn executed.
  • 05-30-1806 – Patriot and future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel
  • 05-30-1861 – Union troops occupy Grafton, Virginia
  • 05-30-1862 – Confederates evacuate Corinth, Mississippi
  • 05-30-1864 – Confederates attack at Bethesda Church, Virginia
  • 05-30-1922 – The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated by Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
  • 05-31-1775 – Mecklenburg Resolutions reject the power of the British in North Carolina
  • 05-31-1790 – The first U.S. Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.
  • 05-31-1859 – Big Ben goes into operation in London
  • 05-31-1889 – Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pa. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.
  • 05-31-1911 – The hull of the Titanic was launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.”
  • 05-31-1962 – Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.
  • 05-31-2004 – Alberta Martin, 97, one of the last widows of a U.S. Civil War veteran, died. She had married Confederate veteran William Martin in 1927 when she was 21 and he was 81.
  • 06-01-1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state in the United States.
  • 06-01-1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state in the United States.
  • 06-01-1958 – General Charles De Gaulle became the premier of France.
  • 06-01-1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) debuted.
  • 06-02-1886 – Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House.
  • 06-01-1924 – Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 06-01-1941 – Baseball great, Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • 06-01-1946 – In Italy, a plebiscite rejected the monarchy in favor of a republic. 1953
  • 06-02-1953 – Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • 06-03-1861 – Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died.
  • 06-03-1937 – The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson.
  • 06-03-1965 – Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, during the Gemini 4 mission.
  • 06-01-1989 – Chinese army troops head to Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Jean Edward Smith: A careful scholar explores the life of an aristocratic man of the people – FDRWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Contender A historian argues that Gerald Ford came close to being a great president GERALD R. FORDWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: Goodbye, Grassy Knoll A famously effective prosecutor tries to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone RECLAIMING HISTORY The Assassination of President John F. KennedyWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Andrew Burstein: Uncovering an American Legend For almost 200 years, his reputation has been trapped in “Sleepy Hollow.” THE ORIGINAL KNICKERBOCKER The Life of Washington IrvingWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Gil Troy on Conrad Black: Conrad Black reflects on Nixon Conrad Black reflects on NixonCanada.com, 5-26-07
  • Rival Books on Hillary Clinton Play Leapfrog on Debut Dates – NYT, 5-22-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • Smithsonian, Congress Share a Turbulent History – NPR, 5-20-07
QUOTED:
  • Lee Edwards on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Mr. Carter is bending, if not breaking, a century-long tradition. You’d have to go back to Theodore Roosevelt, who was so upset about William Taft that he ran for president against him in 1912.” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Robert Dallek on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Harry Truman didn’t like Eisenhower much, but he kind of kept his tongue about Ike.” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Julian Zelizer on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Former presidents are extremely cautious, avoiding big, dramatic public declarations” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Michael Beschloss, Tim Naftali: When Former Presidents Assail the Chief – NYT, 5-22-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Robert C. Darnton: Princeton Historian To Head Harvard’s Libraries Darnton will replace Sidney Verba as libaries chief, University professor – TheHarvard crimson, 5-22-07
  • Taylor Branch: King history award from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial – Baltimore Sun, 5-23-07
  • Charles Rappleye: Wins $50,000 Washington Prize for Book on Slave Trade – WaPo, 5-23-07
  • Tim Brooks: TV historian Announces Retirement – PRNewswire, 5-22-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Featured Program: Douglas Brinkley, editor, “The Reagan Diaries” on Sunday, May 28 at 6:55pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Berlin Airlift” Monday, May 28, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates” Sunday, May 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier” Sunday, May 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :The Breaking Point,” Monday, May 28, @ 2:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :The Last Patrol,” Monday, May 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :Why We Fight,” Monday, May 28, @ 5:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :Points,” Monday, May 28, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars Tech,” Monday, May 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” Monday, May 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :Alien Engineering, Part 1,” Tuesday, May 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Secrets of the Sun,” Tuesday, May 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad,” Wednesday, May 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 1,” Wednesday, May 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers :Moving the Impossible,” Thursday, May 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters,” Thursday, May 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side,” Thursday, May 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 2,” Thursday, May 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Da Vinci & the Handgun,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Castles & Dungeons,” Friday, June 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Walt Disney World,” Friday, June 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost,” Friday, June 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Crime,” Marathon Saturday, June 2, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Saturday, June 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :07 – Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming,” Saturday, June 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #2 (5 weeks on list) – 6-03-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #7 (2 weeks on list) – 6-03-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #34 – 6-03-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Eugen Weber; UCLA Historian, PBS Host – WaPo, 5-27-07
  • Karen Hess Put Food on America’s Academic Table – NPR, 5-26-07
  • Vicki Kaye Heilig: Historian of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, dies – WaPo, 5-25-07
  • Richard Whelan: Cultural historian, dead – NYT, 5-25-07
  • Kenneth L. Sokoloff: Economics historian, dies at 54 – NYT, 5-24-07
  • Baruch Kimmerling: Sociologist and ‘new historian,’ dies at age 67 – Haaretz, 5-21-07

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 8:25 PM

May 21, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Holocaust Denier Expelled From Warsaw Book Fair British historian David Irving, a convicted holocaust denier, was escorted out of an international book fair in Warsaw – Javno.hr, Croatia, 5-19-07
  • Famed historian to help shine spotlight on Rice University’s think tank hopes Douglas Brinkley will spread its public policy proposals to the public – Houston Chronicle, TX, 5-17-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 05-21-1542 – Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.
  • 05-21-1881 – Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.
  • 05-21-1927 – Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.
  • 05-21-1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland).
  • 05-21-1956 – The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
  • 05-21-1989 – In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square.
  • 05-22-1455 – The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans.
  • 05-22-1761 – The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.
  • 05-22-1849 – Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock.
  • 05-22-1947 – Harry S. Truman’s Doctrine brought aid to Greece and Turkey to combat the spread of Communism.
  • 05-22-1972 – Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.
  • 05-22-2003 – The UN Security Council approved a resolution lifting the economic sanctions against Iraq and supporting the U.S.-led administration in Iraq.
  • 05-23-1430 – Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.
  • 05-23-1788 – South Carolina became the 8th state in United States.
  • 05-23-1830 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.
  • 05-23-1873 – The North West Mounted Police force was formed in Canada. It would later be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 05-24-1911 – The New York Public Library, at the time the largest marble structure ever built in the United States, was dedicated by President Taft in New York City after 16 years of construction.
  • 05-24-1844 – Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, “What hath God wrought?”
  • 05-24-1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic.
  • 05-24-2000 – Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.
  • 05-24-2001 – Vermont senator James Jeffords quit the Republican Party and became an Independent, giving Democrats control of the Senate.
  • 05-25-1787 – The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia under the leadership of George Washington, in order to establish a new U.S. government.
  • 05-25-1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.
  • 05-25-1979 – The worst air disaster in U.S. history (excluding the Sept. 11 attacks) occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, killing over 270 people.
  • 05-26-1521 – Martin Luther’s writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
  • 05-26-1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by one vote.
  • 05-26-1940 – Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
  • 05-26-2003 – Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi.
  • 05-27-1647 – The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
  • 05-27-1703 – St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.
  • 05-27-1936 – The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.
  • 05-27-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.
  • 05-27-1941 – British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.
  • 05-27-1996 – After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.
  • 05-27-1999 – Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • ALAN BRINKLEY on David Talbot: Conspiracy? BROTHERS The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years5-20-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: Or No Conspiracy? RECLAIMING HISTORY The Assassination of President John F. KennedyNYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: Visible Man RALPH ELLISON A BiographyNYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: RALPH ELLISON A Biography, First Chapter – NYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: The Man Made Visible A revelatory biography of Ralph Ellison, a brilliant writer who lived a life of chaos RALPH ELLISON A Biography WaPo, 5-20-07
  • Jean Edward Smith: Historian skips FDR’s flaws but shows the appeal FDRBaltimore Sun, 5-20-07
  • Did Jane Austen have a lover? New book suggests author was not a solitary genius but a free spirit who had an ill-fated courtship – AP, 5-20-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
  • Famed historian to help shine spotlight on Rice University’s think tank hopes Douglas Brinkley will spread its public policy proposals to the public – Houston Chronicle, TX, 5-17-07
  • Studs Terkel: Still Humming at 95 – Alternet, 5-15-07
  • Studs Terkel turns 95, worries U.S. is losing its memory – Reuters, 5-16-07
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Douglas Brinkley on “Former President Carter Blasts Bush”: “This is the most forceful denunciation President Carter has ever made about an American president. When you call somebody the worst president, that’s volatile. Those are fighting words.” – AP, 5-19-07
  • Professor Leo Braudy, a cultural historian at the University of Southern California, said pirates disappeared so long ago that they’ve become romanticized. “There’s always that kind of nostalgia for those rebels of the past because they’re safe.” – Charlotte Observer, NC, 5-20-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Douglas Brinkley: Katrina Biographer Leaving New Orleans, Going to Rice – CBS, 5-16-07
  • David Nasaw: Honored at Weekend with History – AHA Blog, 5-17-07
  • Idaho history group replaces director who quit in payment flap – AP, 5-14-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Ann Hagedorn, “Savage Peace: 1919 – Hope And Fear In America” on Sunday, May 20 at 11:45pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Great Atlantic Cable” Monday, May 21, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Earth’s Black Hole” Sunday, May 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Siberian Apocalypse” Sunday, May 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story” Monday, May 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Battle History of the Navy :Born into War.,” Monday, May 21, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Pirate Tech,” Monday, May 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :02 – City of Caves,” Monday, May 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Naked Archaeologist :Crucifixion/Biblical Epicentre,” Monday, May 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :Ancient Civilizations.,” Monday, May 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Spanish-American War: First Intervention,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Julius Caesar’s Greatest Battle,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Battle History of the US Marines :Tragedy to Triumph,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :The Eastern World,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bible Battles,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Samurai,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :08 – Death of the Japanese Navy,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :The Middle Ages,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Thursday, May 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :From Don Juan to Queen Victoria.,” Thursday, May 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War,” Friday, May 25, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Native American Tech,” Friday, May 25, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :Sherman’s Total War Tactics,” Friday, May 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Friday, May 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Nazi America: A Secret History,” Saturday, May 26, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :06 - Florida, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Rhode Island,” Saturday, May 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (4 weeks on list) – 5-27-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #9 (1 week on list) – 5-27-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #29 – 5-27-07
EXHIBITIONS:
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 6:28 PM

May 14, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES: King Herod Discovered
BIGGEST STORIES: Jamestown 400th
  • Michael Beschloss: Jamestown, Virginia: How To Make History Cool – Newsweek, 4-30-07
  • Jamestown Uncovered Historian Michael Beschloss on the un-Disnyfied story behind Jamestown – Newsweek, 4-30-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 05-14-1796 – Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine to 8-year-old James Phipps.
  • 05-14-1804 – The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis.
  • 05-14-1904 – The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 05-14-1948 – British rule in Palestine came to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under attack from Arab forces.
  • 05-14-1955 – The Warsaw Pact was signed by the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries. It finally dissolved in 1991.
  • 05-14-1973 – Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched into orbit.
  • 05-15-1862 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress.
  • 05-15-1911 – The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 05-15-1918 – The first air mail route in the U.S. was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia.
  • 05-15-1972 – Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and crippled as he campaigned for the presidency.
  • 05-15-1988 – The Soviet Union began to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
  • 05-16-1770 – Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France.
  • 05-16-1868 – The first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment in the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson.
  • 05-16-1929 – The first Academy Awards were given on this night. The term, Oscars, was not used to describe the statuettes given to actors and actresses until 1931.
  • 05-16-1991 – Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
  • 05-16-1997 – President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
  • 05-17-1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
  • 05-17-1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 05-17-1954 – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against segregation in schools in Brown v. Board of Education.
  • 05-17-1973 – Televised Watergate hearings opened, headed by North Carolina senator Sam Ervin.
  • 05-17-1987 – An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors and wounding 62.
  • 05-17-1997 – Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 05-18-1642 – The city of Montreal was founded by the French.
  • 05-18-1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 05-18-1896 – The Supreme Court affirmed racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson as “separate but equal.”
  • 05-18-1980 – Mount St. Helens, in Washington state, erupted after being dormant for 123 years.
  • 05-18-1994 – Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza strip after three decades of occupation and Palestinians took over.
  • 05-18-2000 – A bill was finally passed that removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse.
  • 05-18-2004 – Sonia Gandhi stunned her party, the Indian National Congress, by refusing to accept the prime ministership of India.
  • 05-19-1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded.
  • 05-19-1588 – The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was defeated in August.
  • 05-19-1643 – The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor met to form the New England Confederation.
  • 05-19-1921 – Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants.
  • 05-19-1935 – British author and soldier, T. E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
  • 05-19-1962 – Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to president John F. Kennedy.
  • 05-19-1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.
  • 05-19-1994 – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York.
  • 05-20-1506 – Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
  • 05-20-1861 – North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
  • 05-20-1927 – Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
  • 05-20-1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
  • 05-20-1961 – A mob attacked a busload of “freedom riders” in Montgomery, Ala., setting the bus on fire.
  • 05-20-1996 – In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejected a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.
  • 05-20-2002 – East Timor became the newest nation.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • MARK ATWOOD LAWRENCE on Robert Dallek: The Odd Couple NIXON AND KISSINGER Partners in Power NYT, 5-13-07
  • E. Howard Hunt with Greg Aunapu. Foreword by William F. Buckley Jr.: Watergate Warrior AMERICAN SPY My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and BeyondNYT, 5-13-07
  • Margaret MacMillan on Robert Dallek: The World in Their Hands A historian examines a combative collaboration NIXON AND KISSINGER Partners in PowerWaPo, 5-13-07
  • Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on Saul Friedländer: The War Years A scholar who survived the Nazis completes his life’s work THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Molly O’Neill: A moveable feast of essays, memoirs, fiction — all focused on food AMERICAN FOOD WRITING An Anthology with Classic Recipes WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Various new publications on Slavery and Its Legacies WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Krisztian Ungvary: New book highlights WWII atrocities – http://www.budapestsun.com, 5-9-07
  • Lynn Hunt: Her new book on human rights is praised – Gary Bass in the New Republic, 5-3-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Harriet Washington, “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present” on Sunday, May 13 at 12:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “ALEXANDER HAMILTON Revealed ” Monday, May 13, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Hippies” Sunday, May 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City” Sunday, May 13, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :06 – Rome’s Hidden Empire” Sunday, May 13, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :Secrets of Jamestown” Monday, May 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :Godspeed to Jamestown,” Monday, May 14, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Presidential Prophecies,” Monday, May 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Investigating History :The JFK Assassination,” Monday, May 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader,” Monday, May 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :07 – Catacombs of Death,” Monday, May 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines,” Monday, May 14, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon,” Monday, May 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed,” Tuesday, May 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Tuesday, May 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers,” Wednesday, May 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Las Vegas,” Wednesday, May 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hell: The Devil’s Domain,” Thursday, May 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle,” Thursday, May 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil’s Triangles,” Thursday, May 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Colosseum,” Thursday, May 17, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :07 – Catacombs of Death,” Thursday, May 17, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :The Death of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Friday, May 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Warrior Queen Boudica,” Friday, May 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers,” Marathon Saturday, May 19, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Templar Code,” Saturday, May 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” The States :05 - Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Hawaii, South Carolina, Montana,” Saturday, May 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (3 weeks on list) – 5-20-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #19 – 5-20-07
  • Hermione Lee: EDITH WHARTON #32 – 5-20-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, (Oxford University Press), May 2007
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR, (Random House Publishing Group), May 15, 2007
  • Robert Service: Comrades!: A History of World Communism, (Harvard University Press), May 15, 2007
  • Kieran Doherty: Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World, (St. Martin’s Press), May 15 2007
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 9:47 PM

May 7, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05-07-1915 – The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
  • 05-07-1945 – Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies in Rheims, France.
  • 05-07-1954 – The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh’s forces defeating the French, signaling the end of French power in Indochina.
  • 05-07-1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting mid-term Congressional pay raises, was ratified.
  • 05-08-1794 – Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
  • 05-08-1902 – Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre, and killing 40,000 people.
  • 05-08-1945 – V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
  • 05-09-1914 – Mother’s Day became a public holiday.
  • 05-09-1926 – Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.
  • 05-09-1936 – Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.
  • 05-09-1994 – The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.
  • 05-09-2004 – Chechnya’s Moscow-backed leader, Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bombing. Six others were killed and another 60 wounded.
  • 05-10-1775 – Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British.
  • 05-10-1863 – Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops.
  • 05-10-1869 – The United States’ first transcontinental railroad was completed with a ceremony in Promontory Point, Utah.
  • 05-10-1924 – J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.
  • 05-10-1940 – Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.
  • 05-10-1994 – Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
  • 05-11-1858 – Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States.
  • 05-11-1894 – The Pullman Strike began.
  • 05-11-1949 – Siam changed its name to Thailand.
  • 05-11-1960 – Israeli agents captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
  • 05-11-1973 – Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed.
  • 05-11-2003 – 91% of Lithuanian voters opted to join the European Union—the first former Soviet nation to do so.
  • 05-12-1870 – Manitoba became a province of Canada.
  • 05-12-1932 – The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s kidnapped baby was found.
  • 05-12-1937 – Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • 05-12-1949 – The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.
  • 05-12-1970 – Harry A. Blackmun was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
  • 05-12-2002 – Former president Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president (in or out of office) to visit Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
  • 05-13-1568 – Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside and immediately fled to North England.
  • 05-13-1846 – The United States formally declared war on Mexico after several days of fighting.
  • 05-13-1938 – Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans’s jazz classic, When the Saints Go Marching In, on Decca Records.
  • 05-13-1940 – Winston Churchill gave his first speech as prime minister: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
  • 05-13-1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca as he drove through a crowd in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Barbara Holland: Against Moderation THE JOY OF DRINKINGNYT, 5-6-07
  • Barbara Holland: THE JOY OF DRINKING, First Chapter – NYT, 5-6-07
  • Allan M. Brandt: Tobacco Road THE CIGARETTE CENTURY The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined AmericaNYT, 5-6-07
  • CAMILLE PAGLIA on Jon Savage: The Young and the Restless TEENAGE The Creation of Youth Culture. NYT, 5-6-07
  • Robert Dallek: Secret service How the machinations of two unlikely allies defined — and deformed — an era – Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in PowerBoston Globe, 5-6-07
  • Azar Gat: A wide-ranging, stimulating treatise on the why of war The author examines history, philosophy and politics, but sides with biology as the motivation for human attainment by force War in Human CivilizationPhiladelphia Inquirer, PA, 5-6-07
  • Daniel Aaron: From scholar Daniel Aaron, the long view of civilization From scholar Daniel Aaron, the long view of civilization THE AMERICANIST WaPo, 5-3-07
  • George F. Kennan: Who Put the ‘Cold’ in Cold War? – James Traub in the course of a review of a short biography of Kennan by John Lukacs, 4-29-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Robert Dallek, Summing Up ‘Nixon and Kissinger’ – NPR, 4-25-07
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Robert Dallek on “A Sinking Presidency”: “He may come across to some people as a man of principle, but a great majority see him as stubborn and unyielding. … And everything he touches turns to dust.” – U.S. News & World Report, 5-6-07
  • Julian Zelizer on “Legislation a rare rebuke by Congress”: “Congress is not shy usually about attempting to create problems for a president when a war becomes unpopular. But I think the significance here is that in a big war, they were able to at least get the legislation to the president’s desk pretty early from a historical perspective.” – Hillsboro Times Gazette, OH, 5-3-07
  • Jack Granatstein: Disputed Canadian War Museum exhibit contains ‘true’ facts, historian argues: “They are subjects of hot debate that must be included, You cannot change facts by ignoring them.” – Canada.com, 5-3-07
  • Robert Tombs on Gaullist Sarkozy is no French Thatcher, says British historian – “There is an idea doing the rounds that Sarkozy is a kind of French Margaret Thatcher. But I don’t think such a creature exists. Not least because no-one in France wants a French Thatcher. If you contrast the positions of France today and Britain in the late 1970s, it’s clear that even though there is certainly a sense of crisis in France, it is nothing like as severe as what Britain was going through when Mrs Thatcher was elected in 1979.” – AFP, 5-2-07
  • Fredrick Kagan: We aren’t winning, we aren’t losing: “The al-Qaida surge is very serious. It is very significant. It is altering the situation in Iraq in unpredictable ways. It is clearly further eroding America’s will to stay the course here and continue to try to win this war. The basic conclusion that I would offer you is that victory is still up for grabs. Those who would say that the war is lost, definitively, I don’t think there is support for that statement in Iraq. I think it is hard. I think we may lose. I think we may win. I think it depends a lot on what we do and it depends a lot on what the enemy does. But I don’t think anyone can predict for certain the outcome of this fight at this point.” – Voice of America, 4-30-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Jabari Asim author of “The N Word: who can say it, who shouldn’t, and why” interviewed by Bakari Kitwana on Sunday, May 6 at 6:00 and 9:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Bob Deans, “The River Where America Began: A Journey Along The James” on Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Earhart and Hamilton” Monday, May 6, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked” Sunday, May 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek Tech” Sunday, May 6, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Spider-Man Tech” Sunday, May 6, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Amazing Story of Superman” Sunday, May 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sharp Shooters” Monday, May 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :The Pacific Bermuda Triangle,” Monday, May 7, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :06 – Rome’s Hidden Empire,” Monday, May 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :New Maya Revelations,” Monday, May 7, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Superpower Aircraft :Bombers,” Tuesday, May 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Superpower Aircraft :Fighters,” Tuesday, May 8, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Spanish-American War: First Intervention,” Tuesday, May 8, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Saddam and the Third Reich :Saddam and the Third Reich,” Wednesday, May 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist,” Thursday, May 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1789-1825,” Friday, May 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1825-1849,” Friday, May 11, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1849-1865,” Friday, May 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1865-1885,” Friday, May 11, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1885-1913,” Friday, May 11, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 :Part 1: D-Day,” Friday, May 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Spanish-American War: First Intervention,” Saturday, May 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Saturday, May 12, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :04 – New Jersey, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alaska,” Saturday, May 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (2 weeks on list) – 5-13-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #9 (1 week on list) – 5-13-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, (Oxford University Press), May 2007
  • Nancy Isenberg: Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, (Penguin Group (USA)), May 10, 2007
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR, (Random House Publishing Group), May 15, 2007
  • Robert Service: Comrades!: A History of World Communism, (Harvard University Press), May 15, 2007
  • Kieran Doherty: Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World, (St. Martin’s Press), May 15 2007
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 6:40 PM

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