West Like Lightening; The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express by Jim DeFelice. Wm. Morrow, 2018. A brief short-lived mail delivery service on the eve of the American Civil War connecting the Eastern USA with its Western territories.
More than True; The Wisdom of Fairy Tales by Robert Bly. Holt, 2018. An analysis of six fairy tales and the profundity they contain.
Atlas of a Lost World; Travels in the Ice Age America by Craig Childs. Pantheon, 2018. The arrival of the First People in North America, maybe twenty thousand years ago.
Empire of Guns; The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution by Priaya Satia. Penguin Press, 2018. Britain’s prosperous gun trade was at the heart of its industrial revolution.
Loaded; A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. City Lights, 2018 paper. Not so much the need of citizens to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. Rather the Amendment was meant to facilitate the genocide of Native Americans and the seizure of their land, but also to enhance the ability to deal with runaway slaves.
Behemoth; A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World. W.W. Norton, 2018. The rise of factories around the world and their effect on society.
Vanishing Frontiers; The Irresistible Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together by Andrew Selee. Public Affairs, 2018. There are many similarities between the two countries, their demographics, their economies, and their cultures.
The Age of Walls by Tim Marshall. Scribner, 23018. Borders, walls, and boundaries that divide countries and their populations.
An American Language; The History of Spanish in the United States by Rosina Lozano. University of California Press, 2018 paper. The importance of Spanish in tying the newly acquired Southwest to the English speaking eastern seaboard.
The Burning House; Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker. Yale University Press, 2018. A reexamination of the Jim Crow South that managed to get in the way of both diversity and equality.
America’s Jails; The Search for Human Dignity in an Age of Mass Incarceration by Derek Jeffreys. New York University Press, 2018 paper. The discussion is about the huge population incarcerated in jails – not prisons, which is another matter.
The Securitization of Society: Crime, Risk and Social Order by Marc Schuilenburg, et al. New York University Press, 2018 paper. Traditionally security has been supplied by state and local governments and their uniformed police forces. More recently security advisors have become more varied. Schools, for example.
The Second Coming of the KKK; The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition. Liveright, 2018. Comparisons with present day fascism in Europe are easy enough to make. What are the differences?