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.

September 2018

Mary Pilon, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game

By | September 4th, 2018|Bookshelf|

The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong [...]

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August 2018

Ron Stallworth, Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime.

By | August 27th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Black Klansman is an amazing true story that reads like a crime thriller, and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back. During the months-long investigation, detective [...]

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James Reichley, The Life of the Parties: a History of American Political Parties.

By | August 20th, 2018|Bookshelf|

This classic work traces the decline of political parties resulting in divided government and an ineffectual political process―but he also shows us what it will take to restore the party system and how it could [...]

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Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army.

By | August 14th, 2018|Bookshelf|

In Marching Masters, Colin Woodward explores not only the importance of slavery in the minds of Confederate soldiers but also its effects on military policy and decision making. Beyond showing how essential the defense of [...]

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“May You Live in Interesting Times” – Quote or No Quote?

By | August 7th, 2018|Quote or No Quote|

Are we cursed to be living in interesting times? Would a boring era be easier on the Buzzkill blood pressure? And is “may you live in interesting times” actually an old Chinese curse, or [...]

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