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Benjamin Harrison (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Michael Oppenheim for American History MagazineBy Charles W. CalhounTimes Books, June 2005 Benjamin Harrison is the answer to a trivia question: Who is the only president (1889-93) whose predecessor and successor was the same man, Grover …

Andrew Jackson: A Life and Times (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Mike OppenheimBy H.W. BrandsDoubleday, 2005 Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was our most unlikable president: touchy, belligerent, prejudiced, poorly educated. The hatreds of his youth (Britain, banks, the Eastern establishment, Indians) stayed with him until his death. Yet …

1776 (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Reviewed by Harris J. AndrewsBy David McCulloughSimon and Schuster, 2005 David McCullough's 1776 is one of those well-crafted popular histories that is certain to feature prominently on every history buff's reading list this summer. The Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer …

America Discovered: A Historical Atlas of Exploration (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Steven MartinovichBy Derek HayesDouglas & McIntyre, 2004 North America through the eyes of its explorers. In July 1536, after years traversing the American Southwest, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca arrived in Mexico City with three other …

Washington's Crossing (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Steven Martinovich By David Hackett FischerOxford University Press, 2004 Looking back on history, Americans tend to view the year 1776 through a Vaseline-coated lens. Determined to forge a new nation and throw off the shackles of British …

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Mike Oppenheim By Russell ShortoDoubleday, 2004 In 1609 Henry Hudson, an Englishman employed by Holland, sailed up his eponymous river past Albany. He didn't find a route to Asia, for which everyone yearned, but he did report …

The Raging Sea: The Heroic Story of America's Worst Tidal Wave (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Philip Brandt George for American History MagazineBy Dennis M. Powers Citadel Press, 2005 As the world rallies in support of the victims of the recent tsunami in Southeast Asia, attorney and author Dennis M. Powers reminds us …

His Excellency: George Washington (Book Review)

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Reviewed by Mike OppenheimBy Joseph J. EllisKnopf, 2004 Among our founding fathers, Franklin was the wisest, Hamilton the most brilliant, Jefferson the most intellectual, Adams the greatest scholar and Madison the most sophisticated politician. Yet they all acknowledged …
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