In the tradition of E. F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful, renowned economist Clair Brown argues persuasively for a new economics built upon equality, sustainability, and right living. She believes that there is something very wrong with GDP. An economist at the University of California at Berkeley, she has long been troubled by the fact that classical economics […]
“Every stone wall is unique and every stone tells a story,” says Robert M. Thorson, the author of this field guide to historic New England stone walls. Exploring Stone Walls is like being in Thorson’s geology classroom, as he presents the many clues that allow you to determine any wall’s history, age, and purpose. Thorson highlights […]
Even before the Civil War, Richmond, Virginia was a prominent and distinctive city. The most industrialized city of the South, and one of the largest and most ethnically diverse, it managed to be entrepreneurial and forward looking in a way that belied the stereotype of the old South while remaining thoroughly committed to slave-holding and […]
Under the watch of the business community, Atlanta grew from a railroad terminus to an essential production hub for the Confederacy and a tempting target for the Union armies. The city grew faster than even its greatest boosters could have imagined, but war, slavery, and economic pressures left many in dire situations. Then, after having […]
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.
An interdisciplinary scholar of the indigenous and colonial past, James F. Brooks is professor of history and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has previous been a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Berkeley, and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in […]
Clair Brown is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. An economist whose life-long interest in issues of work and economic justice has informed her research and writing, she is a past Director of the Institute of Industrial Relations at Berkeley, and Chair […]
Joshua D. Rothman is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Alabama, where he has taught since receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 2000 and where he served as Director of the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South from 2010-2016. A […]
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 […]
There once may have been 250,000 miles of stone walls in America’s Northeast, stretching farther than the distance to the moon. Even though most are crumbling today, they contain a magnificent scientific and cultural story—about how New England was formed—and in Robert Thorson’s hands they live and breathe. “The stone wall is the key that […]
At the center of the contemporary culture wars is what has been called “The War over the Family,” a pervasive anxiety about the fate of the young in our society. Addressing the looming fears about the American young, The Crucible of Consent places the current culture wars into cultural and historical perspective. Behind concern for the fate […]
Paul and Marie Pireaud, a young peasant couple from southwest France, were newlyweds when World War I erupted. With Paul in the army from 1914 through 1919, they were forced to conduct their marriage mostly by correspondence. Drawing upon the hundreds of letters they wrote, Martha Hanna tells their moving story and reveals a powerful […]
Pamela Greenberg has an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a Masters in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. She has received several writing awards, including a University Fellows award at Syracuse, a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and a residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has been published […]
Rory Naismith is an historian specializing in the European Middle Ages. He has taught since 2015 at King’s College London. His principal research interest is the role of money (coined and otherwise) in early medieval Britain, particularly Anglo-Saxon England, and he has published extensively on the subject. Although money has obvious economic implications, it is also […]
Science writer David Stipp was Fortune Magazine's chief science and medical writer from 1995 to 2006. Previously he was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering science, medicine and technology. He is the author of The Youth Pill, an investigation of the scientific work being done in the field of longevity research and of the forthcoming A Most Elegant Equation.
Gordon Whitman is Director of Policy for PICO National Network. As a community organizer, legal services lawyer and strategist, Gordon has helped working families build strong and effective community organizations for 18 years. During that time he has helped triple the size of the PICO network, in part by leading the effort to build new […]