Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Short Takes

Andrew Sullivan shares an excerpt from Kate Sweeney's AMERICAN AFTERLIFE on his blog, The Dish. The excerpt, with accompanying YouTube video, highlights Eternal Reefs, "a company that 'mixes the cremated ashes of your loved one with a cement compound to create part of an artificial coral reef.'"

On March 24, Ronald Angelo Johnson gave a talk on his book, DIPLOMACY IN BLACK AND WHITE, at the Pickering House in Salem, MA. The event was hosted by the Pickering House and the Salem Athenaeum. In its write-up about the event, the Boston Globe says it "drew a pack of dedicated history buffs, partly because it also featured a talk by Pickering family descendant Thomas R. Pickering, a former US ambassador to the United Nations who also served as ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan."

James Marten, author of the forthcoming AMERICA'S CORPORAL, answers questions about James Tanner, the subject of his book, for the Civil War Monitor. Check out the video below for the full interview. Also pickup the spring issue of Civil War Monitor for Marten's article on Tanner.
In Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription required), the "Personal Journeys" story about Robert Currey, a storehouse furniture founder, mentioned one of our books in the article:
Then came John McCown, a black activist who arrived in 1967 as executive director of the Georgia Council on Human Relations, a civil rights organization. Blacks considered him a savior; whites, a scoundrel, according to BLACK BOSS: POLITICAL REVOLUTION IN A GEORGIA COUNTRY written by John Rozier and published by the University of Georgia Press. Rozier credits McCown with transforming Hancock into the first black-controlled county in the United States since Reconstruction.

Michele Gillespie's KATHARINE AND R. J. REYNOLDS is a "well-researched joint biography," according to the Journal of Southern History. Gillespie "takes care to situate the couple in the economic, political, and social currents of their time . . . [she] informs readers about southern history and conveys appreciation for the lives of the couple."

A review by Hispanic American Historical Review says Robert J. Cottrol's THE LONG, LINGERING SHADOW has "made an immensely valuable contribution to analyses of racial formation and jurisprudence."

According to History: A Review of Books. Erica Ball's TO LIVE AN ANTISLAVERY LIFE "is a valuable addition to the cultural and intellectual history of antebellum America."