Fall 2018. American Studies.

The Campus Rape Frenzy; The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities by K.C. Johnson & Stuart Taylor, Jr. Encounter Books. Some observors would have it that our universities are being overwhelmed by political extremists and sexual predators.

Secularism; Politics, Religion, and Freedom by Andrew Copson. Oxford University Press. Of the three, religion has come to be the least important in the creation of a political order.

Road to Disaster; A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark. Harper Row. The decisions made to enter and then expand our involvement by the Kennedy and then the Johnson Administrations.

The Red and the Blue; The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki. Two larger-than-life politicians, Bill Clinton contorting himself around the several factions of the Democratic Party, and Newt Gingrich employing a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House. 

Washington’s Golden Age; Hope R. Miller, the Society Beat, and the Rise of Women Journalists by Joseph Dalton. Rowman & Littlefield. The life of pioneering women journalist who covered the politics and diplomacy of the White House from FDR to LBJ

Talking Back, Talking Black; Truths About America’s Lingua Franca by John McWhorter. Bellevue Literary Press. An authoritative celebration of Black English, how it is deployed and why it matters.

They Call Me George; The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters by Cecil Foster. Biblioasis. Paper. Railway porters and how it was that African Americans dominated that niche in the labor market otherwise hostile.

Vietnam; An Epic Tragedy, 1945 to 1975 by Max Hastings. Harper Row. Both the French and American interventions.

On Desperate Ground; The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides. Doubleday paper. October 1950 General Douglas MacArthur convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces would be defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he proclaimed, would not intervene in the War.

Not All Dead White Men; Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age by Donna Zuckerberg. Harvard University Press. Looks into the virtual communities of the alt-right, where men lament their loss of power and privilege and are strategizing on how they might be recovered.

John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy by Luke Mayville. Princeton University Press. Paper. Long before the current “one percent” mania, John Adams was worrying about the rise of an oligarchy.

The Politics of White Rights; Race, Justice, and Integrating Alabama’s Schools by Joseph Bagley. University of Georgia Press. The litigious battles over integration from 1954 to 1973 taught Alabama’s segregationists how to fashion more subtle defenses of white privilege, placing them in the vanguard of a new conservatism.

Beyond the Mountains; Commodifying Appalachian Environments by Drew Swanson. University of Georgia Press, paper. Appalachia is viewed as frontier, wilderness, rural hinterland, a bastion of yeoman farmers, and place to experiment with modernization.

The Hijacked War; The Story of Chinese POWs in the Korean War by David Cheng Chang. Stanford University Press. Paper. Three years of warfare and an armistice that took two years to write. The unwillingness of those involved to bring about an armistice also delayed the eventual end of the Cold War.

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