Your blogger is on the move in anticipation of the new semester, and as result this Labor Day-edition of the weekend roundup will proceed at a brisker pace than usual.
Bryant Simon's The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives is reviewed in The Washington Post. Also reviewed in The Washington Post is Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews.
In the Boston Review is a review of Nancy Maclean's Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America.
In The New York Times is a brief article by Eric Foner on the legacy of Robert E. Lee . Also in the NYT is Mark Lilla's response to Beverly Gage's review of his The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.
Michael Klarman's The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution is reviewed at H-Net.
In the New Republic is a review of David Armitage's Civil Wars: A History in Ideas.
The Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Tisa Wenger's Religious Freedom The Contested History of an American Ideal.
Finally, among the recent interviews at the New Books Network is one with Carwyn Jones about his New Treaty, New Tradition: Reconciling New Zealand and Maori Law. Also at the site, Daniel Bennett speaks about his Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement. Johanna Neuman describes her Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women's Right to Vote. Finally, Juliet Hooker is interviewed about her Theorizing Race in the Americas Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos.