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 2019

Ann Hagedorn, Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919

By | November 13th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Written with the sweep of an epic novel and grounded in extensive research into contemporary documents, Savage Peace is a striking portrait of American democracy under stress. It is the surprising story of America in [...]

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Frederick Taylor, The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

By | November 5th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In the definitive history on the subject, Frederick Taylor weaves together official history, archival materials, and personal accounts to tell the complete story of the Wall's rise and fall. A physical manifestation of the struggle [...]

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October 2019

Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History

By | October 26th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Sernett compares the larger-than-life symbolic Tubman with the actual “historical” Tubman. He does so not to diminish Tubman’s achievements but rather to explore the interplay of history and myth in our national consciousness. Analyzing how [...]

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Harriet Tubman, “I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.” Quote or No Quote?

By | October 26th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

November 1st sees the release of the long-awaited film, “Harriet,” loosely based on the life and work of the famous abolitionist and civil rights pioneer, Harriet Tubman. Of course, Tubman is best known for her [...]

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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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