November Theme: American History

For the third year running, the Yale Press Log is covering American History in November, bringing you books and news from scholars and writers invested in the telling of our nation’s past; their aim most often to better illuminate lessons for our future and reconsider lost truths for our present.

The latest in the Lamar Series of Western History is a new biography of Geronimo, from award-winning author Robert M. Utley is published this month, which also celebrates Native American Heritage month. With the Savages and Scoundrels website, explore the untold story of America’s road to empire through Indian Territory, featuring a wealth of resources and information from Paul VanDevelder’s accompanying book. The “Disunion” series continues on the New York Times “Opinionator” blog, and we release Steven Lubet’s John Brown’s Spy: The Adventurous Life and Tragic Confessino of John E. Cook, the unknown story of John Cook, who plotted the Harper’s Ferry invasion with John Brown, participated in the disastrous raid, then betrayed his comrades in a tragic confession that shook the entire abolitionist movement.

After Election Day, many are asking the same questions as George C. Edwards III in his book, Why the Electoral College is Bad for America, and our e-newsletter subscribers are enjoying a special discount on a roundup of new politics and economics titles.

America’s visual past comes alive in Eleanor Jones Harvey’s The Civil War and American Art, accompanying an exhibition at the Smithsonian Art Museum that opens November 16. Meanwhile, the illustrated festivity and fanfare of The American Circus explores how American culture, demography, business practices, and other factors transformed the fundamental nature of the European circus into a distinctly American past time, with an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center.

One president in particular is having quite the year: first, we published “A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, by former Monticello Gardens and Grounds Director, Peter J. Hatch; now, Terry Lecturer Keith Thomson has Jefferson’s Shadow: The Story of His Science, the first book to focus on Thomas Jefferson’s science as passion, as influence on his vision for America, his experiments and inventions, and his lasting contributions to science.

And with the 75th anniversary of the Association of American University Presses, be sure to follow the blogs for University Press Week, November 11 – 17, with commentary and contributions from our corner of the publishing world!

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