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January 2018

Jennifer Lieberman, Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952 (2017).

By | January 30th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Power Lines examines a series of moments of technical change when electricity accrued new social meaning, plotting both power lines and the power of narratives in American life and literature. Power Lines: Electricity in American [...]

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December 2017

Hiroyuki Agawa, The Reluctant Admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy (2000).

By | December 8th, 2017|Bookshelf|

Based upon Japanese naval documentary sources, this biography is an in-depth look at the life and times of the architect of the Pearl Harbor raid, and the military institution of which he was a part.

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Admiral Yamamoto, “I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant.” Quote or No Quote?

By | December 8th, 2017|Myths|

As we awake on December 7th, I am reminded of the supposed reaction of the Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto when their attack on Pearl Harbor was completed. Pondering the reports of the successful attack, [...]

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November 2017

Marcus Rediker, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist.

By | November 27th, 2017|Bookshelf|

Marcus Rediker chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man—a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. Mocked and scorned by his contemporaries, Lay was [...]

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