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January
20
January
20

American Ulysses

  Ronald C. White. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. New York, Random House (2016). Author Ronald C. White has the range of skills required to raise Grant’s standing as military leader, as president, and as human being. This is a tour de force, but promise me that you also will read—or reread—Grant’s More

December
05
December
05

The Allure of Immortality

Lyn Millner. The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet.  Gainesville, University of Florida Press (2015). How many visitors to today’s Fort Myers Beach, Florida, have any idea that this was the site of one of the most peculiar of America’s religious utopias?  Cyrus Teed, who saw himself as a More

September
20
September
20

Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics

Timothy Stewart-Winter. Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press (2016). “The path of gays and lesbians to political power led through city hall and developed primarily in response to the constant threat of arrest under which they lived.” With this thesis, Timothy Stewart-Winter offers a carefully-researched and richly-textured More

June
07
June
07

I Got Rhythm: Art and Jazz since 1920

Ulrike Groos and Sven Beckstette. I Got Rhythm: Art and Jazz since 1920 / Kunst und Jazz Seit 1920. Stuttgart, Prestel (2015). Ulrike Groos is the director of the Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart, Germany, and this is the catalogue from the museum’s exhibition “that exemplifies the close connection between jazz and the fine arts.” The timing More

May
23
May
23

Women Who Changed the World

Laurie Calkhoven. Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans. New York: Scholastic (2015). This is a book for children that, not surprisingly these days, includes an edition on Kindle. Among the fifty women is Chicago’s Jane Addams. In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our More

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