History Buzz: November 2009

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.

November 2009 Buzz Roundup: The National Book Award Winner is… T. J. Stiles ‘The First Tycoon’




  • 2009 AHA Election ResultsAHA Blog (11-24-09)
  • Berlin Wall Anniversary Sparks Look At History: November 9 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We spoke with British historian Frederick Taylor, an expert on the Berlin Wall, author of the book The Berlin Wall – A World Divided 1961-1989, about what prompted East German authorities to build the wall in the first place… – Voice of America (11-2-09)



  • Tim Miller: Presidential Historian Time to Release JFK’s Files – PR News Channel (11-18-09)
  • Robert Proctor: Historian Can Keep His Manuscript on Tobacco Studies out of the hands of tobacco company R.J. Reynolds, which had subpoenaed it as evidence for an upcoming suit, Judge Rules – Science Insider (11-11-09)
  • Antony Beevor: D-Day historian: ‘Ryan’ not best war film – CNN (11-11-09)
  • Pulling hair and calling names, historians disagree about Scotland: According to Professor Tom Devine the scripts of A History of Scotland are “lame, boring and flaccid” and its “hapless, long-haired presenter”, Neil Oliver, suffers from “a sad lack of personal authority or presence”. – Times Online (11-9-09)
  • For Canada’s war historians, every day is Remembrance Day – The Star (11-7-09)
  • The Future of the Former Rosemont Manor in Weirton is About to be Uncovered (PA) – WTRF Channel 7 (11-3-09)
  • Stanford Historian Robert Proctor vs. R.J. Reynolds – PR Watch.org (11-2-09)
  • National Archives is under-resourced -historian: Historian Dr Melissa Ifill says important archival materials are no longer being presented to the National Archives due to a lack of confidence in the institution’s ability to preserve records, and that a lack of funding and adequate staffing has affected the res-toration work of the archives…. – Stabroek News (11-1-09)
  • Humanities, Smithsonian, Library of Congress and Park Service budgets hold steady – Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (10-30-09)



  • 100 Notable Books of 2009: The New York Times Book Review selects outstanding works from the last year – NYT, 11-09
  • JAY WINIK on Gordon Wood: A New Nation EMPIRE OF LIBERTY A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815NYT, 11-29-09
  • From Footnote to Fame in Civil Rights History – NYT, 11-26-09
  • Shlomo Sand: Israeli historian calls Jewish people an invention–and reaps controversy The Invention of the Jewish PeopleNYT, 11-24-09
  • Sean Wilentz on ROBERT W. MERRY: Into the West: ‘A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent’NYT, 11-22-09
  • Conservatives go after Bruce Cumings new book on the American empire – Arthur Herman in the WSJ (11-19-09)
  • Sarah Palin: Books of The Times Memoir Is Palin’s Payback to McCain Campaign GOING ROGUE An American LifeNYT, 11-15-09
  • D.M. Giangreco: Author re-examines Truman’s controversial decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan “The Soldier from Independence: A Military Biography of Harry Truman” and “Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947.” – Kansas City Star (11-7-09)
  • U.Va. historian Jennifer Burns examines Ayn Rand’s life, philosophy – NewLeader.com (11-5-09)
  • David Plouffe, Hendrik Hertzberg: Books of The Times The Obama the Campaign Knew: THE AUDACITY TO WIN The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory, ¡OBÁMANOS! The Birth of a New Political EraNYT, 11-3-09


  • Barbara Frale: Historian adds fuel to Turin Shroud debate: A Vatican researcher rekindled the age-old debate over the Shroud of Turin, saying that faint writing on the linen proves it was the burial cloth of Jesus…. – Times of Malta (11-21-09)
  • Historian Adam Schor dives into Christianity’s early days – USA Today (11-20-09)
  • Eric Flack: Historian investigates the ‘lost village’ of Garscadden (Scotland)… – STV (11-18-09)
  • Matthew Kaminski: From Solidarity to Democracy (on Adam Michnik and the end of the Cold War) – WSJ (11-7-09)
  • Edwin Black’s scrutiny of the powerful is a career pattern – Cleveland Jewish News (11-6-09)
  • William B. Styple: Uncovering an Abraham Lincoln not often seen – The Philadelphia Inquirer (10-25-09)
  • Historian Carleton Mabee chronicles Father Divine – Chronogram (10-29-09)


  • What Niall Ferguson thinks now: “I don’t think it’s possible to infer from the stock market rally anything resembling a sustained recovery,” the peripatetic professor says in an e-mail exchange. He rightly notes that at least half (and probably much more) of the third-quarter U.S. economic growth of 3.5 per cent stemmed from one-off government measures and that the consumer remains tapped out. “The stock market rally has been largely due to near-zero interest rates and a weaker dollar. In foreign currency terms there’s been no rally.” – Globe Investor (11-23-09)
  • McGovern: Get Out of Afghanistan: George McGovern has some advice for President Barack Obama: Get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. I’m convinced that war is going to turn sour. I’m convinced we’re not going to prevail there,” McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, said Sunday at a Truthdig event in West Los Angeles…. – Truthdig (11-4-09)



  • Balzan Prize 2009 for the History of Science Awarded – PR&D – Public Relations für Forschung & Bildung (11-20-09)
  • Teachers, Paul Gross win Canadian history awards: Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean presented awards on Friday to seven Canadian history teachers as well as to actor Paul Gross and to writer Ian McKay for their efforts in promoting Canadian history. The annual Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History was held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa…. – CBC News (11-20-09)
  • 2009 National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction: T. J. Stiles’s ‘The First Tycoon’ – National Book Foundation (11-19-09)
  • Ferriero Confirmed by Senate as Archivist of the United States: On November 6, the United States Senate voted unanimously to confirm David Ferriero as the 10th Archivist of the United States… – Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (11-6-09
  • Web site clicks with historical group in N.H.: The Pelham Historical Society has earned special recognition for having the most modernized and informational historical Web site in the state. – TMC News (11-7-09)
  • Lisa Jardine “British historian lands major prize”: Lisa Jardine, author of Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory, has been awarded the Cundill International Prize in History, described as the world’s largest historical literature award for non-fiction. – Montreal Gazette (11-3-09)


  • Scholars Honored John Hope Franklin: Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham Delivered the keynote address at the John Hope Franklin Memorial Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009…. – Brooklyn College (11-23-09)
  • Gordon Johnson: Indian democracy unique, it thrives in every state: Cambridge historian: Describing India as a fascinating federal system, Dr. Gordon Johnson, president, Wolfson College, Cambridge and the deputy vice–chancellor of the University gave an insightful peek into Indian history on Thursday on The Study of India: Half a century of intellectual enquiry and Universities and Society at Pune University….. – Indian Express (11-21-09)
  • Leonard Marcus: Jones lecture features children’s book historian: Children’s book historian Leonard Marcus presented his lecture, “A New Deal for the Nursery: Golden Books and the Democratization of American Children’s Book Publishing,” yesterday as a part of the Jones Distinguished Lecture series. The lecture was sponsored by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence and the Emporia State Archives…. – The Bulletin (Emporia State University) (11-19-09)
  • Niall Ferguson: Harvard historian sees banks, China dragging down U.S. – Boston Herald (11-12-09)





  • William Garrett Piston (Editor): Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War (New), November 28, 2009
  • Holger H. Herwig: The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World, December 1, 2009
  • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009
  • Len Colodny: The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama, December 8, 2009
  • Alice Morse Earle: Child Life in Colonial Times, (Paperback), December 18, 2009
  • C. S. Manegold: Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North, December 21, 2009
  • A. N. Wilson: Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II, December 22, 2009
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2009
  • Alison Weir: The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, January 5, 2010


Posted on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 1:32 AM

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