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"Labor’s Home Front": the AFL in World War II

The history of labor during wartime is an enticing subject, the history of labor during World War II especially so.


Today in history: Writer Ken Kesey born in 1935

Kesey is best remembered for his novels "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"and"Sometimes a Great Notion."


“Lincoln for Beginners”: illustrated biography of a gradualist radical

Whole libraries are dedicated to the study of Lincoln; Buhle's synopsis, reflecting all the warts and charm of his subject, might a good place to begin.


“When Government Helped”: Comparing FDR and Obama

Just reading the notes at the end of every chapter is an education. The writers' research is deep and wide.


“The End of American Labor Unions” examines roots of anti-unionism

"The End Of American Labor Unions" is a good little book, packed with insight and analysis. 


Today in history: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling turns 50

She's best known as the author of Harry Potter, which has achieved worldwide reknown, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.


"Race to Revolution" a must-read on U.S.-Cuba history

"Race To Revolution: The United States And Cuba During Slavery And Jim Crow" should be read especially now, as relations are renewed with Cuba.


Today in history: Ernest Hemingway is born

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961) was one of America's most popular authors.


"JFK and the Unspeakable" is "convincing portrait" of Kennedy

This is the only book on the assassination recommended by the Kennedy family.


Hey, Boo: To stage a Mockingbird

Theater Review: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird; the Theatricum has its finger on the American pulse.

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