Monday, April 5, 2010

New in History from Harper Perennial

Rebirth of a Nation by Jackson LearWhen it was published in hardcover last year, Jackson Lear's Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 received so many great reviews that it was difficult to choose only one to include in a print ad. Now that the paperback is on the horizon in June, I'm faced with the same dilemma. In the end, this is the one:

“Dazzling cultural history: smart, provocative, and gripping. It is also a book for our times, historically grounded, hopeful, and filled with humane, just, and peaceful possibilities. Lears, with keen insight, refashions even our best known stories. . . . Lears’s history also sheds light on our recent financial meltdown. He provides a fine account of the post-Civil War cult of money. . . . Rebirth of a Nation is packed with historical truth-telling about America’s destructive myths, delusions and fantasies. But it is also a history of dissent, of the men and women who pushed back against the prevailing culture. . . . Lears is at his inspired best when he discusses the anti-imperialist intellectuals such as Mark Twain, Jane Addams, and William James.”—Charles Postel, The Washington Post

Happily--in this electronic age--I can tell you to look here for more reviews.

Also, make certain to take a look at these new paperbacks:

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