The first chapter from U.S. History For Dummies by Steve Wiegand. A review of James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government by Colleen A. Sheehan. Here are 5 reasons the Founding Fathers were kind of dicks. A review of Citizen Bachelors: Manhood and the Creation of the United States by John Gilbert McCurdy. An interview with Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers. From Common-place, a review of The Overflowing of Friendship: Love Between Men and the Creation of the American Republic by Richard Godbeer; not every story of the Revolution fits so neatly into providentialist and heroic-nationalist narratives of the Founding; and a review of Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism by Timothy Mason Roberts. A review of The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America by Laura Dassow Walls. Giving Emerson the Boot: William Major and Bryan Sinche are weary of the cult of the Sage of Concord. Economics explains better why and how North and South clashed: Marc Egnal on his book Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War. From American Studies Journal, a special issue on Lincoln’s Legacy. Executing Justice: Confederate soldiers struggled to adjust to the harsh reality of deadly discipline. Sean Wilentz reviews U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh. From CRB, a review of books on FDR. From TLS, a review of Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein (and more and more and more and more; and more |inprint/01603/4323||at Bookforum). It was a long and stormy decade: The first chapter from Lessons from the Great Depression For Dummies_ by Steve Wiegand. The Real New Deal: John V. C. Nye on politics, truth and trust in the 1930s.