Monday, January 21, 2013

Winter Book Suggestions: Part 4

I just got my copy of the program for the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.  This year the meeting will be held on April 11-14 in San Francisco.

I will not be attending this year's meeting, but I always like to peruse the book advertisements in the back of the program to get caught up on what my fellow historians around the country are writing.

Here are some books that caught my eye.  Some of them I have discussed previously on the blog.

This year there were so many books of interest that I decided to divide my recommendations into multiple posts. Read Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3.  This will be our final installment.

Here goes:

Paul Harvey and Edward Blum, The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History (Columbia)

Kevin Phillips, 1775: A Good Year for a Revolution (Penguin)

Marcus Rediker, The Amistad Rebellion: The Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin)

John Barry, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul (Penguin). See our coverage of this book here and here and here.  My review of it is here.

Gordon Wood, The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States (Penguin).  See our coverage of this book here.

Ernest Freeberg, The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America (Penguin)

Jeffrey Pasley, The First Presidential Contest: 1786 and the Founding of American Democracy (Kansas)See our coverage of this book here.

Jim Cullen, Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think About History (Wiley)

Deborah Wills and Barbara Krauthamer, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (Temple).  See our coverage of this book here.

Jonathan Reider, Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed the Nation (Bloomsbury)

James Banner Jr., Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History (Cambridge).  See our coverage of this book here and here.

Daniel F. Rice, Reinhold Niebuhr and His Circle of Influence (Cambridge)

David Swartz, Moral Minority: The Evanelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (Penn).  Read our coverage of this book here and here.

Donna Merwick, Stuyvestant Bound: An Essay on Loss Across Time (Penn)

Eric R. Schlereth, An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States (Penn)

Cindy Ott, Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon (Washington)

1 comment:

americanorchard said...

I'll give a thumbs up to Rediker's new Amistad Rebellion book. I had the opportunity to discuss it with him pre-publication at an NEH seminar last summer, took a chance and ordered it for my US survey course this semester before I could read it. I have now read it and think it is an excellent book. Rediker does a good job putting the Africans at the center, but also gives a fair portrayal of the role abolitionists played, and the interesting relationship between the Africans and the abolitionists.

Bil Kerrigan
Muskingum University