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.

November 2018

Paul Kendall, Armistice 1918: Voices From The Past (2017).

By | November 11th, 2018|Bookshelf|

The story of the efforts to bring the war to a conclusion, and those final days and hours of the First World War, are told in the words of the politicians, soldiers and newspaper columnists [...]

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Matthew D Hockenos, Then They Came for Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis (2018).

By | November 6th, 2018|Bookshelf|

A nuanced portrait of courage in the face of evil, Then They Came for Me puts the question to us today: What would I have done?

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Martin Niemöller, “First They Came…” – Quote or No Quote?

By | November 6th, 2018|Myths|

Usually, on these Quote or No Quote episodes, we analyze things attributed to famous people that they didn’t say at all. Sometimes there are famous quotes that have been mangled, changed, or so greatly [...]

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October 2018

Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson, Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America (2004).

By | October 31st, 2018|Bookshelf|

The mother of Emmett Till recounts the story of her life, her son’s tragic death, and the dawn of the civil rights movement—with a foreword by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

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John Sayle Watterson, College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy (2002).

By | October 30th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Shows how college football in more than one hundred years has evolved from a simple game played by college students into a lucrative, semi-professional enterprise. With a historian's grasp of the context and a novelist's [...]

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