From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish-American War of 1898 by Bonnie M. Miller, reviewed by Cecelia Bonnor.
Chronologically arranged, Miller’s account takes readers through the period from 1896, prior to the beginning of the Spanish-American War and the sinking of the Maine in 1898, to the period following the end of the war, in 1901. In the first chapter, Miller provides an incisive analysis of how American culture makers... Read more.
Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age by Ann M. Blair, reviewed by Matthew Z. Heintzelman.
In Too Much to Know, Ann M. Blair explores the modes of controlling information in the pre- and early modern eras. Confronted as we are today with massive amounts of information, much of it irrelevant, inaccurate or wrong, modern readers... Read more.
The Hidden History of South Africa’s Book and Reading Cultures by Archie L. Dick, reviewed by Anthony Olden.
The history and politics of South Africa have had a major influence on what its people read over the years. During the apartheid years the many titles banned ranged from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Insulted and Humiliated to Franz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth... Read more.
The Rise of the Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century by Matthew S. Hedstrom, reviewed by Peter Ward.
Matthew S. Hedstrom’s The Rise of the Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century explores the interaction between American religion and religious book reading in the first half of the twentieth century... Read more.