October 2020

Buzzkill Bookshelf – Joseph Cummins, Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises

By |2020-10-22T10:42:38-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Bookshelf|

Today's political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Claire Bond Potter, Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy

By |2020-10-19T15:48:17-04:00October 19th, 2020|Bookshelf|

A wide-ranging history of seventy years of change in political media, and how it transformed -- and fractured -- American politics With fake news on Facebook, trolls on Twitter, and viral outrage everywhere, it's easy [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Alexander Keyssar, Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

By |2020-10-13T06:14:07-04:00October 13th, 2020|Bookshelf|

With every presidential election, Americans puzzle over the peculiar mechanism of the Electoral College. The author of the Pulitzer finalist The Right to Vote explains the enduring problem of this controversial institution. Every four years, [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – James W. Cortada and William Aspray, Fake News Nation: The Long History of Lies and Misinterpretations in America

By |2020-10-06T21:21:09-04:00October 6th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Cortada and Aspray examine how rumors, lies, and misrepresentations shaped American history. After the election of Donald Trump as president, people in the United States and across large swaths of Europe, Latin America, and Asia [...]

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September 2020

Buzzkill Bookshelf – Richard Toye, The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches

By |2020-09-29T16:10:59-04:00September 29th, 2020|Bookshelf|

The popular story of Churchill's war-time rhetoric is a simple one: the British people were energized and inspired by his speeches, which were almost universally admired and played an important role in the ultimate victory [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Susan E. Cayleff, Babe: The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

By |2020-09-23T12:51:09-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Bookshelf|

One of the most gifted athletes in the world, Babe Didrikson Zaharias dominated track and field, winning two Olympic gold medals in 1932. She went on to compete in baseball, bowling, basketball, tennis, and particularly [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz, and Richard Toye, The Churchill Myths

By |2020-09-21T23:18:19-04:00September 21st, 2020|Bookshelf|

This is not a book about Winston Churchill. It is not principally about his politics, nor his rhetorical imagination, nor even about the man himself. Instead, it addresses the varied afterlives of the man and [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz, and Richard Toye, The Churchill Myths

By |2020-09-15T11:24:02-04:00September 15th, 2020|Bookshelf|

This is not a book about Winston Churchill. It is not principally about his politics, nor his rhetorical imagination, nor even about the man himself. Instead, it addresses the varied afterlives of the man and [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Noah Shusterman, Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the Second Amendment

By |2020-09-12T10:43:52-04:00September 12th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Although much has changed in the United States since the eighteenth century, our framework for gun laws still largely relies on the Second Amendment and the patterns that emerged in the colonial era. America has [...]

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