For January, 1book140 Gets Historical

1book140_icon.JPG We've been talking about a history month for much of 2011, and January seems like an opportune time, doesn't it? What goes better with snow and blustery winds than a hot cup of cocoa and a damn'd thick, square book? So what kind of history book are we talking about? I'm inclined toward an open interpretation of the theme. Would Vidal Gore's best-seller, 1876, count? Why not? (Actually, I can think of a reason or two, but I'll keep those to myself.) Or perhaps you prefer the recently published Niall Ferguson polemic, Civilization: The West and the Rest? Fair game. For what it's worth, my Platonic ideal of a history book is the Barbara Tuchman classic, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. It's rigorously researched, widely acclaimed by other historians, and accessibly written. (Consider it nominated.) But when it comes to nominating, I like to see folks cast a broad net.

Nominations will close on Tuesday, December 27th, and we'll begin voting on Wednesday, December 28th. I know we're running late this month. I apologize for the sloth, bookies. Chalk it up to the egg nog.

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He helps run @1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter book club. More

Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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