Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Book Review Roundup


There's a wide-ranging selection of historical texts reviewed in the press this week:

Books and Ideas carries a review of Elizabeth Hinton's From The War On Poverty To The War On Crime : The Making Of Mass Incarceration in America.

In the London Review of Books is a review of James Forman's Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America .


At Public Books Julia Ott reviews Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage's Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe.

Both the NYRB and The Atlantic review Frances FitzGerald's The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America.  The NYRB also carries Robert Darton's review of Histoire mondiale de la France edited by Patrick Boucheron (for the francophone legal historians).

The New York Times carries a review of business journalist Duff McDonald's history of Harvard Business School, The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite is reviewed in

Daina Ramey Berry's The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation is reviewed in The Washington Post.

Adam Rothman's Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery is reviewed at H-Net.

In History Today is a review of James Sharpe's A Fiery and Furious People: A History of Violence in England.

In The Economist is a review of Peter Marshall's Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation .

And finally, in The New Republic is a review of Annie Jacobsen's Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis (also reviewed in The NYT).

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