November 2020

Eric Lee, Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler’s Revenge, April–May 1945

By |2020-11-15T17:53:48-05:00November 15th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Eric Lee explores this fascinating but little known last battle of the Second World War: its origins, the incredible details of the battle and its ongoing legacy. In the final days of World War II [...]

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Teri Finneman, Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s–2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing”

By |2020-11-14T18:06:06-05:00November 14th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Recent history suggests the United States is within reach of its first woman president. This book examines the media experiences of women political pioneers who helped pave the way to the breaking of the glass [...]

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W. Joseph Campbell, Lost in a Gallup: Polling Failure in U.S. Presidential Elections

By |2020-11-11T09:56:18-05:00November 11th, 2020|Bookshelf|

A sweeping look at the messy and contentious past of US presidential pre-election polls and why they aren’t as reliable as we think. Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election brought sweeping [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Liza Black, Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film 1941-1960

By |2020-11-03T19:35:19-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Bookshelf|

Standing at the intersection of Native history, labor, and representation, Picturing Indians presents a vivid portrait of the complicated experiences of Native actors on the sets of midcentury Hollywood Westerns. This behind-the-scenes look at costuming, [...]

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October 2020

Buzzkill Bookshelf – J.E. Hayes, K. Battles, and W. Hilton-Morrow (eds.), War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis

By |2020-10-26T18:06:18-04:00October 26th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Decades after the infamous broadcast, does War of the Worlds still matter? This book answers with a resounding yes! Contributors revisit the broadcast event in order to reconsider its place as a milestone in media [...]

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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