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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594633157
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 22nd, 2019

This is a crucially important book in contrast to Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and more in the vein of Deloria's Custer Died for Your Sins. Treuer has written a new classic that confirms that, although Native Americans have suffered enslavement, diaspora, and both cultural and physical genocide, the tribes have also persevered, adapted, and often thrived. This is a passionate, articulate, and expertly documented reassessment of American history from a very different perspective by a successful Native American author. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812998368
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Published: Random House - May 21st, 2019

Mulish, pugnacious, and racist, President Andrew Johnson foiled civil rights, disdained Reconstruction, and promoted white supremacy. His policies provoked his impeachment, and the country lurched from a horrifying Civil War to an uncharted Constitutional crisis which threatened to spill political, and human blood. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The White Darkness by David Grann - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385544573
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

Picture the obsessed Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley alone, sustaining himself on melted snow and the dried and canned food he's dragged behind him on a three-hundred-plus pound sled, avoiding pitfalls both figurative and literal. This slim, photo-filled volume of Antarctic exploration is, paradoxically, a perfect winter read. Relativity is key: vicariously experiencing Worsley stubbornly battling through winds reaching fifty mph and temperatures that hover around the negative thirty degree mark, eking out warmth from within canvas walls and layers of sweaty wool, will make your drafty living quarters seem downright balmy in comparison. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War by Andrew Delbanco - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781594204050
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Published: Penguin Press - November 6th, 2018

Slaves felling their Southern masters before the Civil War were fugitives. Their fates depended on the doggedness of their pursuers, and their varying reception in the North. Delbanco reveals how fugitive slaves helped push the country into a war which, ultimately, freed those on the run. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316409131
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 7th, 2019

Diamond's critique of countries in crisis reveals both failure and success. Finland and Australia employed honest self-appraisal and compromise to overcome crises in the 20th Century, while Germany after World War I and Chile in the 1970s descended into deadly authoritarianism. The U.S. may be entering its own crisis, and Diamond asks: are we acting to avoid, or abet, our own upheaval? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Behold, America: The Entangled History of "America First" and "the American Dream" by Sarah Churchwell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781541673403
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Published: Basic Books - October 9th, 2018

Coined in the early 20th Century, "The American Dream's" meaning has morphed from collective well-being to individual aspiration and achievement, while "America First" has been appropriated for multiple causes, including interventionism, isolationism, and racism. Churchwell notes that contemporary uses of these phrases still shift to serve political and social ends. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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