Professor Buzzkill

About Professor Buzzkill

Professor Buzzkill sometimes goes by the alias Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. In addition to his Oxford doctorate, Coohill has an MA in history from the University of Melbourne (where he was a big fan of Essendon Aussie Rules Football Club) and a BA from Humboldt State University in California (where he was the only non-stoner). He is the author of Ideas of the Liberal Party and Ireland: a Short History (4 editions), as well as many articles and internet pieces on history.

October 2019

Ryan Swanson, The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete

By | October 12th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In full and intricate detail, featuring an amazing cast of characters from the worlds of politics, athletics, entertainment and more, this is the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt helped shepherd in an American sports [...]

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David Cohen, Churchill and Attlee: The Unlikely Allies Who Won the War

By | October 9th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In 1940, Clement Attlee took Labour into the wartime coalition government and serving under Churchill, becoming Britain’s first Deputy Prime Minister. Churchill concentrated on the war effort, while Attlee was left in charge of domestic [...]

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Winston Churchill: “An empty taxi pulled up and out stepped Clement Attlee” Quote or No Quote?

By | October 9th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

As many of you know, Lady Buzzkill can’t stand me. Sometimes I can’t blame her, though. Imagine what it must be like watching a history-based movie or TV series with me. I go ballistic at [...]

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Susan Ware, Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

By | October 2nd, 2019|Bookshelf|

Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, an acclaimed historian gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions whose local passion and protest resounded throughout the land.

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September 2019

J. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

By | September 24th, 2019|Bookshelf|

This book uses primary source material and interviews with key participants to provide a comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the [...]

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Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

By | September 16th, 2019|Bookshelf|

One of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: it tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections [...]

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