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Book Review: “Barred: Why the Innocent Can’t Get Out of Prison” — Blind Justice

December 6, 2022
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Daniel S. Medwed demonstrates just how astronomical the odds are against anyone who tries to question a guilty verdict, no matter how suspect the conviction.

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Book Review: Napoleon — Savior or Hitler?

November 12, 2018
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British historian Adam Zamoyski has drawn a portrait of Napoleon that is neither flattering nor diminishing.

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Book Review: “How to Listen to Jazz” — A Helpful Earful

July 26, 2016
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Readers inspired to take a listening journey from Gioia’s historical perspective will benefit greatly from his delineation of jazz’s various forms.

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Book Review: “John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit” — A Sympathetic Look at a New England Aristocrat

April 27, 2016
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James Traub has admirably captured the man inside the public figure, giving us a complex view of a typical New England grandee.

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Book Review: “The Law of the Land” — How Geography Influenced the Constitution

August 11, 2015
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It is nice to know that there is someone as cultivated and enthusiastic about constitutional history as Professor Akhil Reed Amar.

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Book Interview: When Did America Become a Christian Nation?

May 27, 2015
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“Yes, America might have been a nation of Christians, but that was different from being formally a Christian nation.”

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Books Interview: Heather Cox Richardson on the History of the Republican Party — Going Full Circle

September 22, 2014
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In this book, Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson explores the (d)evolution of the Republican Party from its founding in 1854 through the presidency of George W. Bush.

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