Books for Fall 2018

Jacksonian Democracy Carol Berkin, A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism (Basic Books, 2017) 978-0465060887 Mark R. Cheathem, Andrew Jackson, Southerner (LSU Press, 2013) ISBN 9780807150986 Cassandra Good, Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015) ISBN 9780199376179 Jack Larkin, The Reshaping of Everyday Life (HarperPerennial, 1989) ISBN 0060916060 …

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Jacksonian America: 2017 in Review

Total blog views: 41,076 Most active 2017 month in views: August (5,024) Ten most-viewed posts of 2017 (2017 posts in bold): 1. Debunking the Lincoln-Kennedy Federal Reserve Meme 9,766 2. Andrew Jackson’s Profane Parrot 4,368 3.  Was Calvin Coolidge a Klansman? 1,773 4. The Man Who Wanted to Kill Andrew Jackson 1,678 5. 248 Years Later, Andrew Jackson Remains Controversial 1,153 6. Is Donald …

Review of Andrew Jackson: Hero Under Fire

As part of his publicity campaign for his new book,  Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny, Brian Kilmeade hosted a Fox News Channel (FNC) special, entitled Andrew Jackson: Hero Under Fire. At the risk of piling on my previous review of Kilmeade's book, I wanted to give some …

Review of Kilmeade and Yaeger’s Jackson Book

Popular history books can be a mixed bag. Oftentimes, they are well written but contain poor history. Finding the sweet spot--a well-written, well-researched book--is not easy, although one can think of journalists (Jon Meacham, Doris Kearns Goodwin) and historians (Bill Brands, Stephen Ambrose) who have been successful to various degrees in this regard. Fox News …

Sneak Peek at My New Book Cover

After a longer span of time than expected, The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson is finally in production. Copy-edits are in, and I'm awaiting page proofs. You may remember that back in August, I asked you to help choose the book cover. Turns out, the folks at Johns Hopkins Univ. Press had …

10 Books That Influenced Andrew Jackson, Southerner

Joe Stoltz, who has a new book out on Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans that you should rightly assume is better than Brian Kilmeade's, inspired me to write about the books that played an integral role in the writing of Andrew Jackson, Southerner.  (Yes, I'm four years late to the game.) In alphabetical …

Brief Review: Joshua Green, The Devil’s Bargain

If you want a quick, readable overview that explains how Donald Trump won the presidency, I highly recommend Joshua Green's Devil's Bargain. It's an even-handed take, offering criticism of nearly everyone: Bannon, Trump, Clinton, etc. I kept pretty close tabs on the campaign, but even I didn't realize how all of the pieces came together …

Books for Spring 2018

Conspiracy Theories Jovan Byford, Conspiracy Theories: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave, 2011) ISBN 9781137520241 Barna William Donovan, Conspiracy Films: A Tour of Dark Places in the American Conscious (McFarland, 2011) ISBN 9780786439010 Kathryn Olmsted, Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011) ISBN 9780199753956 Michael William Pfau, The Political Style of Conspiracy: Chase, Summer, and Lincoln …

Review: Joseph Smith Papers, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846

Last year, Spencer McBride asked me to participate in a blogger event for The Joseph Smith Papers (JSP) that focused on the publication of the volume containing the Council of Fifty Minutes, March 1844-January 1846 (C50). My teaching schedule prevented me from being part of that session, but Spencer graciously sent me a copy of the volume …

Help Choose My Next Book Cover!

You can help me choose my next book cover! In the comments, note which of the below eight images you think would make the best cover for The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson. Use whatever criteria suits you, and add your reasoning in your comment if you want.*     …