Forging the Franchise; The Political Origins of the Women’s Vote by Dawn L. Teele. Princeton University Press. What causes and what political constituencies benefited from the passage of the women’s vote.
Rampage; MacArthur, Yamashita and the Battle of Manila by James Scott. W.W. Norton. MacArthur was already planning his victory parade in Manila, but he faced a major obstacle, a Japanese army instructed to fight to its death.
Mussolini and Hitler; The Forging of the Fascist Alliance by Christian Goeschel. Yale University Press. The decade-long alliance and how historians have under-represented the il Duce’s influence on his German ally.
Black Klansman; Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth. Flatiron. An African-American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the local KKK.
No Property in Man; Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding by Sean Wilentz. Harvard University Press. A radical reconstruction of the founders’ debate over slavery and the Constitution.
The Global Interior; Mineral Frontiers and American Power by Megan Black. Harvard University Press. Best known for managing natural resources and national parks, the Department of Interior’s inietial task was to oversee settler colonialism in the American West.
Heirs of the Founders; The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants by H.W. Brands. Doubleday. America’s second generation of politicians who battled to complete the unfinished work of the first, amid growing regionalism.
Chaos in the Liberal Order; The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Robert Jervis, et al. Columbia University Press, paper. The global trends that led to President Trump’s victory and the impact his presidency will have on the international political landscape.
Charging Up San Juan Hill; Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of Imperial America by John Van Atta. Johns Hopkins University Press, paper. And also the making of the imperial Mr. Roosevelt.
Why Wilson Maters; The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today by Tony Smith. Princeton University Press, paper. Woodrow Wilson’s vision of a post-war world order: his goal settled on collective security. After World War II his model no longer served as a beacon of democracy. We settled on old fashioned imperialism.
The Postwar Movement; Progressive Forces in Britain, France, and United States after World War II by Isser Woloch. Yale University Press. A progressive agenda in Britain, in U.S.and in France, with attention to the inner-war period and how those years helped shape that progressive movement.
They Call Me George; The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters by Cecil Foster. Biblioasis, paper. The story behind black railway porters – “Pullman” which drifted down from Canada.
Marooned; Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin by Joseph Kelly. Bloomsbury. Fleeing Persecution and hence New England; or maybe making the best of a bad situation.
Pirates of the Prairie; Outlaws and Vigilantes in America’s Heartland by Ken Lizzio. Lyons Press. Before there were those outlaws and vigilantes on the Western frontier there was a similar lawlessness in the frontier state of Illinois.
Lincoln’s White House; The People’s House in Wartime by James Conroy. Rowman & Littlefield, paper. The look and feel of the executive mansion from Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865.