Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Short Takes

Quentin Tarantino recently won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained. Historian Adam Rothman addresses the question of historical accuracy/inaccuracy in the movie in a recent article for the Daily Beast. He uses Joshua D. Rothman's FLUSH TIMES AND FEVER DREAMS to show that "Mississippi was even more violent and bizarre in that period" than a Quentin Tarantino movie.

The Daily Mail also draws comparisons between Django Unchained and FLUSH TIMES AND FEVER DREAMS by recounting the story of Virgil Stewart, which Joshua D. Rothman uses to open his book.

Loran Smith profiles the Altamaha River in the Albany Herald and recommends our book, ALTAMAHA. "There is a book written about the Altamaha which allows for enlightenment to those who don’t live near the river-those who don’t have a vested interest in the Altamaha. The book, published by the University of Georgia Press-THE ALTAMAHA: A RIVER AND ITS KEEPER, by Dorinda Dallmeyer and Janisse Ray-includes over 200 photographs by James Holland, former Altamaha river keeper."

The front page of the February 23 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald focuses on the new NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF GEORGIA book. The photographs by Hugh and Carol Nourse are highlighted as well as the research that took more than a decade to complete.
"NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF GEORGIA began as an update of the ground-breaking 1978 book NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS OF GEORGIA by the late Charles Wharton. But the new book goes far beyond Wharton’s work, explaining the geological and ecological processes that created the dozens of distinct natural communities in Georgia, one of the most biologically diverse states in the nation."
THE FAITHS OF THE POSTWAR PRESIDENTS author David L. Holmes was on "HearSay With Cathy Lewis" on Monday, February 18 as part of a President's Day program. Listen to the interview here. (David Holmes appear about halfway through the program.)

Wake Forest Magazine features an excerpt from Michele Gillespie's KATHARINE AND R. J. REYNOLDS.

Both Alison Hope Alkon's BLACK, WHITE, AND GREEN and Jay Watson's READING FOR THE BODY were reviewed in the Winter 2013 issue of the Southern Register.
  • "Though her fieldwork is confined to the Bay Area, Alkon's findings can and should be heeded by farmers markets and related 'food justice' programs across the nation, including the South."
  • "[READING FOR THE BODY] is certainly one of the most important books in Southern studies to appear in recent years."

"[PANAMA AND THE UNITED STATES] is far from a dry chronicle of treaties. . . . For the American reader especially, Conniff's account of the end of the alliance offers a good approach to learn about Panama today."—American Diplomacy