Austen scholar Amy Smith’s memoir of a reading group road trip from Mexico to Argentina with Austen’s books as her traveling partner, offers new delights by seeing these beloved books from the other side of the border. Amy Smith had read everything from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to the many Austen sequels and prequels and even dating handbooks. […]
We’ve all been taught that through biological inheritance we acquire traits from our parents and grandparents as a result of the individual genes that they pass along to us, unchanged, barring rare mutations. But what if your grandmother’s diet could affect your health? Obviously if we accept that inherited = genetic, this doesn’t make sense. […]
Popular views of the 1970s associate the decade with failure: failure of the military in Vietnam, failure of the presidency in Watergate, failure of the economy in oil crises and stagflation, and ailure of both major political parties in addressing the nation’s serious problems. Pulitzer Prize winner David Kennedy dismissed American society in the 1970s […]
We tend to think of the Civil War as a uniquely American event; a war waged within our borders that defined the fate of the country. We rarely think of it as an international war, but the Union and the Confederacy knew that their fates were closely tied to whether Britain, France, and Spain would […]
Eric Hinderaker is Professor of History at the University of Utah, and the author of Boston’s Massacre, published by Harvard University Press. Praised by the Wall Street Journal as “fascinating,” Boston’s Massacre explores the larger significance of the Boston Massacre — from the era of the American Revolution to our own time. Eric is also the author of […]
After almost getting expelled for exposing his prep school’s outrages in the Boston press, David Williams spent 1968 crossing the Pacific in the merchant marine and fighting the Vietnam War in the peace movement. Wanted in Oregon for jaywalking, be hitchhiked home to enjoy the mayhem of the Sixties at Harvard where he occasionally attended […]
Elizabeth Fenn is professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She studies and writes about the early American West, focusing on epidemic disease, Native American, and environmental history. Her aim is to develop a continent-wide analysis that incorporates Native Americans as well as African, British, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Russian colonizers into a […]
Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). From 2010 to 2013, prior to coming to CFR, she served in the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, covering a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan), and providing policy direction and support for four U.S. embassies and four consulates. She is the author of <em>Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World</em> to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. <em>Kirkus</em> has called it "a wonderfully detailed look at India today."
Transcending the boundaries of class and race, the G.I. Bill enabled a sizable portion of the hallowed “greatest generation” to gain vocational training or to attend college or graduate school at government expense. Its beneficiaries had grown up during the Depression, living in tenements and cold-water flats, on farms and in small towns across the […]
Peter Williamson had a fantastic tale to tell upon his return to Aberdeen, Scotland in 1758. He would publish, and perform, his story of being kidnapped as a boy in Aberdeen, transported across the Atlantic and sold into indenture in Philadelphia, then freed only to have his home destroyed in a raid at the outset […]
When Abraham Lincoln helped create the Republican Party on the eve of the Civil War, his goal was to promote economic opportunity for all Americans, not just the slaveholding Southern planters who steered national politics. Yet while visionary Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower shared Lincoln’s egalitarian dream, their attempts to use government to […]
Like the Greeks who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece, the new Argonauts—foreign-born, technically skilled entrepreneurs who travel back and forth between Silicon Valley and their home countries—seek their fortune in distant lands by launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. Their story illuminates profound transformations in the global […]
Maxim D. Frank-Kamenetskii is professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University’s Center for Advanced Biotechnology. Best known for his contribution in the field of DNA topology, supercoiling, and unusual structures, He was a founding member of Moscow Tribune, the Russian intellectual club organized by Andrei Sakharov. His research is focused on theoretical and experimental studies […]
Fred Anderson is professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of <em>Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766</em>, published by Alfred A. Knopf and the winner of three prizes: the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Colorado Book Award. It was also a finalist for the National Critics Book Circle Award in Non-Fiction. With Andrew Cayton, he is the author of <em>The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000</em>, which was published by Viking Penguin. He also is the author of <em>The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War</em>, published by Viking as a companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name.
James Livingston is Professor of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where where he teaches on American economic, cultural, and intellectual history. His most recent book, No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea, was published by the University of North Carolina Press. His previous book, Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the […]
Andreas Wagner is a professor in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zurich and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute for the study of complex systems. He is the author of Arrival of the Fittest: How Life Invents Itself, which Kirkus (in a starred review) called “A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm…’ His next book, <em>Landscapes of Evolution: Mapping the Origins of Creativity</em>, will be published by Basic Books.