Reading History: “How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (by Daniel Immerwahr)

It's become commonplace in certain circles--particularly the academy--to point out that, throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries America has practiced a form of imperialism, exporting its ideas and way of life throughout the globe, often at the point of a sword (or, more accurately, the barrel of a gun). There is, of course, a great … Continue reading Reading History: “How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (by Daniel Immerwahr)

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Reading History: “Anne of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait” (by Alison Weir)

When it comes to the wives of Henry VIII, a few stand out in the popular consciousness: Anne Boleyn (obviously), Katherine of Aragon, perhaps Jane Seymour. Then maybe Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr. Rarely, I suspect, do many people give much of a thought to Anne of Cleves, Henry's fourth wife whom, it was said, … Continue reading Reading History: “Anne of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait” (by Alison Weir)

Reading History: The Tragic Daughters of Charles I (by Sarah-Beth Watkins)

My thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book for review. I have to confess that when it comes to English royalty, I've never been much of a fan of the Stuarts. Somehow they lacked the charismatic panache that characterized their successors the Tudors, or the operatic tragedy of the Plantagenets. They just seemed … Continue reading Reading History: The Tragic Daughters of Charles I (by Sarah-Beth Watkins)

Reading History: “Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious Death” (by Anthony Everitt)

By this point, I've read numerous biographies of Alexander the Great. Some, such as Mary Renault's The Nature of Alexander are quite hagiographical, while more recent offerings from classicists such as Paul Cartledge and Robin Lane Fox take a more balanced view. Anthony Everitt's new book, Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious death falls … Continue reading Reading History: “Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious Death” (by Anthony Everitt)

Reading History: “American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt” (by Stephanie Marie Thornton)

Warning: Full spoilers for the novel follow. We seem to be living in a golden age of women's historical fiction. Authors such as Stephanie Dray, Kate Quinn, Michelle Moran, and Stephanie Marie have done a great deal to excavate the experiences of historical women. These include the subject of today's blog post, Stephanie Marie Thornton's … Continue reading Reading History: “American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt” (by Stephanie Marie Thornton)

Reading History: “The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation” (by Brenda Wineapple)

Note: My thanks to NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book for review. Going in to this book, I didn't know a great deal about the circumstances surrounding the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, and I knew even less about the reasons that drove the era's legislators to this great length. Having read Brenda … Continue reading Reading History: “The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation” (by Brenda Wineapple)

Reading History: Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement (David K. Johnson)

Note: My sincere thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review. In Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement, noted historian David K. Johnson (known for his research on the Lavender Scare), does a deep dive into the world of physique magazines and the strong connection between capitalism and … Continue reading Reading History: Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement (David K. Johnson)