March 2019

The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America

By | March 5th, 2019|Bookshelf|

The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America - Allan Brandt From agriculture to big business, from medicine to politics, The Cigarette Century is the definitive account of how [...]

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February 2019

Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America

By | February 26th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America - Cotten Seiler How did automobile use become so vital to the identity of Americans? Republic of Drivers looks back at the period between 1895 [...]

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Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever and the Tragic Life of Ignaz Simmelweis

By | February 25th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever and the Tragic Life of Ignaz Simmelweis - Theodore G. Obenchain Identifies Semmelweis’s rightful place in the pantheon of scientists and physicians whose discoveries have saved the lives of millions. Obenchain’s [...]

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January 2019

Garrett Epps, Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America

By | January 29th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Tells the story of the desperate struggle, from the halls of Congress to the bloody streets of Memphis and New Orleans, to pass the Fourteenth Amendment. Scholars call it the "Second Constitution." Over time, the [...]

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The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence.

By | January 22nd, 2019|Bookshelf|

Max Edelson’s The New Map of Empire pictures the contested geography of the British Atlantic world and offers new explanations of the causes and consequences of Britain’s imperial ambitions in the generation before the American [...]

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