Tag Archives: American history

Lincoln in the Bardo — George Saunders

My word. This book was made for my dual projects! A Man Booker shortlisted book about the president I probably hold highest in my estimation and, even better, it’s amazing. Just under a year into the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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History of Wolves — Emily Fridlund

I got so excited when I finished reading History of Wolves. I was maybe halfway through the longlist and it was increasingly clear that 2017 was a strong year. So when I’d picked up a first-time novel, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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FDR — Jean Edward Smith

FDR is an impressive man. I had a high regard for him going into this project, and reading Jean Edward Smith’s biography only elevated my opinion. Between the New Deal and the US war record, FDR left a formidably strong … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover — Eugene Lyons

As this project has developed, some presidents have come across as somewhat laclustre. Others have struck me as being singularly unfortunate. A number of the antebellum presidents could be considered both. So, I think, could Hoover. Hoover’s presidency cannot help … Continue reading

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Coolidge: An American Enigma — Robert Sobel

Coolidge managed to escape from the Harding administration with his reputation unscathed and, after serving half a term following Harding’s death, won reelection predominantly on the back of the country’s strong economic performance. Coolidge had a reputation for being quiet, … Continue reading

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The Shadow of Blooming Grove: Warren G. Harding in His Times — Francis Russell

Harding’s administration is almost exclusively known for the scandals that happened within it and Harding’s presidency is frequently seen as the worst to date. I feel “to date” may be an important qualifier, but it’s hard to disagree with the … Continue reading

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Wilson — A. Scott Berg

Woodrow Wilson is one of the few US Presidents about whom my school days gave me some preparation. UK history teaching at the secondary level places a significant emphasis on 20th century history, and in particular on the two World … Continue reading

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