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.

From Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Capitalism, Identity, and Social Rights; Matthew Abraham (DePaul): Chomsky’s Audience Problem: Is Anyone Listening?; and Ian Williams on Orwell and the British Left. From Edge, David Gelernter on why it's time to start taking the Internet seriously. A look at the five kinds of appeal to authority you meet on the Internet. From The Cato Journal, a special issue: Are unions good for America? From The Wall Street Journal, what were they thinking? Christopher Buckley on why politicians always seem to believe they can get away with it; pushing the envelope: The Postal Service may stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but written words are thriving in the age of email; and the Bible of Bibliomania: A review of The Oxford Companion to the Book, ed. Michael F. Suarez and H.R. Woudhuysen. Why do expensive hobbies inspire silly names? New research shows how our social ties can influence us for better and worse: making us fatter, more likely to smoke, marry, divorce and even vote — governments should take heed. A review of The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong by David Shenk. From National Geographic, spirits in the sand: The ancient Nasca lines of Peru shed their secrets. A review of The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers by Nancy Sherman. A review of books on all aspects of maps and mapping, from navigation to contemplation. An excerpt from The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. How can the United States forge a better partnership with Pakistan, the epicenter of global terrorism? Set to vibrate: We’ve moved from the etiquette of the individual to the etiquette of the flow. More on The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam.

From Armed Forces Journal, Dan Greenon the Taliban’s political program; and can any nation cost-effectively battle jihadist networks in dozens of the most remote, austere and hazardous regions on Earth? Sucking up to dictators is harder than it looks: Simon Shuster goes inside the failed attempt to turn Turkmenistan, Central Asia's most insular regime. Lloyd Richardson reviews Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present by Christopher Beckwith. Sea slaves in Asia: Human traffickers kidnap men to work on fishing vessels. From Publishing Perspectives, an article on Turkmenistan’s tragicomic publishing revolution; and a short history of Turkmen literature. Reality-TV shows like Afghan Model are rewiring Afghan culture — for better and for worse. From Marx to Mohammed: A review of books on Central Asia. A look at how China is resetting the terms of engagement in Central Asia (and more). Riches in the near abroad: The West’s recession spurs China’s hunt for energy supplies in its own backyard. An interview with Kanat Saudabayev, Kazakhstan's foreign minister, on his country's unlikely new role as Europe's democracy watchdog. A review of In The Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan by Seth G. Jones. Pattern and process among pastoralists: A review of books on early Eurasia. In Karakalpakstan, an obscure corner of central Asia where the waters of the Aral Sea have turned to desert, Jack Shenker finds a nation fleeing ecological disaster and authoritarian rule. Dictator-lit: Historically spurious and spiritually confused, Emomalii Rahmon's presidential history of Tajikistan plays fast and loose with notions of national identity.

Kanchan Sarker (Grant MacEwan): Economic Growth and Social Inequality: Does the Trickle Down Effect Really Take Place? It's money that matters: Economic inequality is the social division we should be worrying about. Those in the lower-income groups are in a much, much deeper hole than the general commentary on the recession would lead people to believe. Fifteen million Americans want work, few companies want to hire, the burden shifts to the government — what can it do? Here are five myths about how to create jobs. Lay off the layoffs: Our overreliance on downsizing is killing workers, the economy and even the bottom line. Etay Zwick on how Wall Street transformed work in America. From The Washington Monthly, who broke America’s jobs machine? Why creeping consolidation is crushing American livelihoods; and a review of Crash Course: The Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster by Paul Ingrassia (and more and more and more and more). A review of The Economics of Integrity: From Dairy Farmers to Toyota, How Wealth Is Built on Trust and What That Means for Our Future by Anna Bernasek. A review of Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being by George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton. One of the lessons of the corporate job-shredding Great Recession we have just been through is that we really do need more handmade cabinets, and fewer cube dwellers — if we learn to value vocation again, this recession will have been a blessing indeed. The introduction to The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World by Amar Bhide. The first chapter from The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times, ed. David S. Landes, Joel Mokyr and William J. Baumol.

Building a Better Teacher: There are more than three million teachers in the United States, and Doug Lemov is trying to prove that he can teach them to be better. A review of Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform by Thomas Popkewitz. A review of The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. A review of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch (and more and more and more). High School 2.0: Can Philadelphia’s School of the Future live up to its name? An excerpt from Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago. A review of Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal’s Triumph in the Inner City by Ben Chavis. The ABCs of Struggling Schools: Why literacy is at the heart of the problems that plague our lowest-performing public schools. Challenging tests and falling short may be hard on the ego, but they can do more than mere studying for eventually getting it right. What's sophisticated about elementary mathematics? Plenty — that's why elementary schools need math teachers. A review of Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools by Sharon L. Nichols and David C. Berliner. An interview with Alison Wolf on books on education and society. Why don't students like school? Because the mind is not designed for thinking. Colleges face a challenge to masculinity: How 9th-grade gridlock keeps boys out of college. Class Dismissed: Why not eliminate the self-indulgent, debauched waste that is the senior year of high school? As teenagers become adults and eventually working professionals, how much does high school really contribute to their human development and financial, social, and professional well-being?