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Apr 30, 2021

Two books on the pre- and post-civil war New York and Kentucky deal with dark but also more hopeful episodes in US history

History is seldom neat. Two books, one on antebellum New York and the other on 1890s Kentucky, illustrate the tension, showing despicable behavior relieved by the stalwart courage of a few.

Related: Thaddeus Stevens review: the Radical Republican America should remember

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Dec 18, 2020

The Trump administration, if not the Trump book, is nearly behind us. From Bob Woodward to Barack Obama, what were the best reads of another tumultuous American year?

A long time ago, in 1883, a future president (Woodrow Wilson, a subject of this year’s reckonings) studied political science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in a classroom in which was inscribed the slogan “History is Past Politics, Politics is Present History”, attributed to Sir John Seeley, a Cambridge professor.

Related: What Were We Thinking review: Carlos Lozada on why Trump books matter

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Aug 15, 2020

The finale of an epic history runs from 1976 to 1980 – four years of upheaval and change which seem distinctly familiar

Despite its title, Reaganland is actually an exhaustive history of the years 1976-1980 – and thus perforce a history of the administration of Jimmy Carter.

Related: Rick Perlstein: 'If you're not writing about the berserk, you're not writing about America'

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