First in Violence, Deepest in Dirt, by Jeffrey S. Adler (Harvard) Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

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First in Violence, Deepest in Dirt, by Jeffrey S. Adler (Harvard)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"Chicago's murder rate quadrupled between 1875 and 1920 as modernity firmly took hold. Not exactly a coincidence, this criminologist argues."

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A Nation Among Nations, by Thomas Bender (Hill Wang)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"Taking exception to exceptionalism, the author argues that the American Revolution was but a sideshow in a long-running French-British grudge match, and that the Civil War was just another eruption of mid-nineteenth-century restlessness in the mold of the European revolutions of 1848."

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Richard Hofstadter, by David S. Brown (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A biography of the influential historian who, the author reveals, had a paranoid style all his own."

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The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality, by Nick Bryant (Basic Books)
Reviewed by Christopher Hitchens ("Feckless Youth", September 2006)

"As Nick Bryant shows in his admirable book, [Kennedy and his advisors] saw themselves as highly dependent on Dixiecrat votes, in the country and in Congress, for reelection. And they regarded, not the insufferable status quo, but the 'agitators' among black Americans, as the problem."

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The Scratch of a Pen, by Colin G. Calloway (Oxford)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"Forget the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence: it was the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1763 at the close of the French and Indian War, that set the stage for the birth of the United States."

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The American Home Front, by Alistair Cooke (Atlantic Monthly)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A previously unpublished account of the late BBC correspondent's travels in America after the bombing of Pearl Harbor."

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American Taxation, American Slavery, by Robert L. Einhorn (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"The long tradition of American anti-government rhetoric finds its roots not in virtuous yeomanry, the author argues, but rather in the short-term efforts of slave owners looking to protect their interests."

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Yellowstone Command: Colonel Nelson A. Miles and the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877, by Jerome A. Greene (University of Nebraska Press)
Reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz ( "Chairs, Rag Mags, Indian Wars," July/Aug 2006)

"This is among the most realistic books on war that I've read: it explicates not the horror and drama of battle but the hard slog, the brutal single-mindedness of winning commanders, the blunt facts of logistics and supply, and the slow but inexorable unraveling of morale."

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Patriotic Fire, by Winston Groom (Knopf)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite team up to protect New Orleans from British invaders, in this nonfiction book from Forrest Gump's creator."

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Realistic Visionary, by Peter R. Henriques (Virginia)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"A biography of George Washington focusing on his religious convictions, romantic entanglements, and views on slavery."

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A Godly Hero, by Michael Kazin (Knopf)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"His Scopes-trial star turn notwithstanding, William Jennings Bryan here emerges as a proto-New Dealer and an exponent of an unrealized religious left."

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1973 Nervous Breakdown, by Andreas Killen (Bloomsbury)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"A study identifying 1973—the year of Roe v. Wade, the earliest stirrings of punk rock, and the premiere of the first reality-TV show—as the definitive end of the sixties and a turning point in contemporary history."

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James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, by Richard Labunski (Oxford)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"Watch the wig powder fly as James Madison and Patrick Henry slug it out over the constitutional freedoms we take for granted today."

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Redemption, by Nicholas Lemann (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healey and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", October 2006)

"The author offers this engrossing chronicle of white Southerner's violent rollback of Reconstruction in the 1870s. This book reveals the volatile ways in which history, politics, and pop culture and influence one another and perpetuate falsehood."

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The Life of Benjamin Franklin: Journalist, 1706-1730 and Printer and Publisher, 1730-1747, by J. A. Leo Lemay (Pennsylvania)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"The first two installments of a projected seven-volume biography of one of the portlier Founding Fathers."

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The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, by Mark A. Noll (North Carolina)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"Both the Union and the Confederacy thought God was on their side. Something had to give."

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Mayflower, by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"The Pilgrims' turbulent first fifty years in the New World, and how they set the stage for subsequent American history, from the author of In the Heart of the Sea."

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Blessed Among Nations, by Eric Rauchway (Hill and Wang)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"America's rise to preeminence, the author argues, was the product of a perfect storm of foreign investment, luck, and global instability, and we forget at our peril the fickle nature of such forces."

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Growing Up Jim Crow, by Jennifer Ritterhouse (North Carolina)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"A study of how both black and white children in the pre-civil-rights South learned the 'etiquette' of segregation."

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Rough Crossings, by Simon Schama (Ecco)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"Seeking freedom, tens of thousands of slaves cast their lot with the British during the American Revolution."

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There Goes My Everything, by Jason Sokol (Knopf)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", September 2006)

"A young historian provides a fascinating and remarkably empathetic assessment of how white southerners experienced the civil-rights movement."

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Upon the Alter of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War , by Harry S. Stout (Viking)
Reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz ("Lee and Sherman", April 2006)

"Stout applies ethical standards to the prosecution of the war. This can at times be a tiresome exercise, but it yields some refreshing and unsettling (albeit often unintended) insights into the most probed of America's conflicts."

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The Divided Ground, by Alan Taylor (Knopf)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"A narrative account of the settling of the northern border of what would become the United States. The Indians thought they could preserve some of their land by leasing rather than selling it to the newcomers. The colonists disagreed."

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Triangle, by Katharine Weber (FSG)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", June 2006)

"The memories of the last living survivor of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire are probed by her granddaughter, a composer, and a historian."

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31 Days, by Barry Werth (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover-to-Cover", April 2006)

"A painstaking reconstruction of the period between Richard Nixon's resignation, in August of 1974, and his pardon a month later. Never has the Ford administration seemed so gripping."

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Kingfish, by Richard D. White Jr. (Random House)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ("Cover to Cover", May 2006)

"Huey Long: ruthless autocrat or populist hero? Actually, both."

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Financial Founding Fathers, by Robert E. Wright and David A. Cowen (Chicago)
Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006)

"Portraits of Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, and the seven other men most responsible for building the monolith of American finance."

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