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Tag: history

What I’m Reading: The King’s Best Highway

The King’s Best Highway is a history of what was once called the Boston Post Road–the road from New York to Boston that developed in colonial times from a series of Indian trails, became the most important and trafficked road in America in the… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The King’s Best Highway”

What I’m Reading: Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade

Medieval Cities, by French professor Henri Pirenne, was published in 1952 but is the synthesis and culmination of lectures he had been building on since the 1920s. I believe Dr. Pirenne was the one who came up with the theory that it was not… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade”

What I’m Reading: In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made, by the late NYU Professor Norman F. Cantor, is billed on the cover as the best and most thorough book of the Black Death ever written. I don’t know. It… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made”

What I’m Reading: Stories of Daily Life From the Roman World

Stories of Daily Life From the Roman World: Extracts From the Ancient Colloquia, translated and with commentary by Eleanor Dickey, is not precisely what I was expecting, although it was close enough.

What I’m Reading: Where They Ain’t

Where They Ain’t, by Burt Solomon, is an excellent look at baseball in the immedate pre-modern era, from 1894 to 1902. It observes this era through the lens of the Baltimore Orioles, who invented a new style of baseball that made them the most… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Where They Ain’t”

What I’m Reading: White Trash

No, White Trash is not the latest southern Gothic pulp romance; rather, as its subtitle reads, it’s The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, a 2016 book by Nancy Isenberg. In America we have a tendency to think of ourselves as a classless society,… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: White Trash”

What I’m Reading: Town, City & Nation: England, 1850-1914

Working on my newest novel (it’s going well, thank you!) has taken its toll on my posting frequency lately, that and that my most recent book doesn’t lend itself to much light discussion. Town, City & Nation: England, 1850-1914 is a real academic book. But… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Town, City & Nation: England, 1850-1914”

What I’m Reading: The Race Underground

The Race Underground by Doug Most is an account of the race at the end of the 19th century between Boston and New York to build America’s first subway. Actually, the title is somewhat of an exaggeration–it wasn’t much of a race, as Boston won… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Race Underground”