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January 2018

Jennifer Lieberman, Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952 (2017).

By |2018-01-30T22:04:08-05:00January 30th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Power Lines examines a series of moments of technical change when electricity accrued new social meaning, plotting both power lines and the power of narratives in American life and literature. Power Lines: Electricity in American [...]

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Electricity in American Life 1882-1952

By |2018-01-31T07:59:27-05:00January 30th, 2018|Myths|

Electricity in American Life From 1876, when the first effective dynamo/generator that produced a steady current of electricity was invented, Americans reacted to this new phenomenon of electricity in many different ways. Professor Jennifer [...]

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Carol Helstosky, Pizza: A Global History (2008).

By |2018-01-18T17:39:10-05:00January 18th, 2018|Bookshelf|

There are countless ways to create the dish called pizza, as well as a never-ending debate on the best way of cooking it. Carol Helstosky documents the fascinating history and cultural life of this chameleon-like [...]

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December 2017

Hiroyuki Agawa, The Reluctant Admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy (2000).

By |2017-12-08T10:15:44-05:00December 8th, 2017|Bookshelf|

Based upon Japanese naval documentary sources, this biography is an in-depth look at the life and times of the architect of the Pearl Harbor raid, and the military institution of which he was a part.

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Admiral Yamamoto, “I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant.” Quote or No Quote?

By |2017-12-08T10:09:27-05:00December 8th, 2017|Myths|

As we awake on December 7th, I am reminded of the supposed reaction of the Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto when their attack on Pearl Harbor was completed. Pondering the reports of the successful attack, [...]

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November 2017

Marcus Rediker, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist.

By |2017-11-27T06:00:36-05:00November 27th, 2017|Bookshelf|

Marcus Rediker chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man—a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. Mocked and scorned by his contemporaries, Lay was [...]

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