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July 13, 2009: Obama Discusses the Presidency with Beschloss, Brands, Brinkley, Dallek, & Kearns Goodwin



HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

  • Obama's Secret Meeting With Historians: The president held a dinner at the White House for leading presidential scholars
    Obama held a dinner at the White House residence with nine such scholars on June 30, and it turned out to be what one participant described as a"history book club, with the president as the inquisitor." Among those attending were Michael Beschloss, H. W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley, Robert Dallek, and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Obama asked the guests to discuss the presidencies that they were most familiar with and to give him insights into what remains relevant to the problems of today. - Kenneth T. Walsh in US News & World Report (7-10-09)

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Kevin Mattson: Thirty Years Later, in Praise of Malaise WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU UP TO, MR. PRESIDENT? Jimmy Carter, America's"Malaise," and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Shaun A. Casey: RELIGION AND POLITICS Faith in the Electorate THE MAKING OF A CATHOLIC PRESIDENT Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960 WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Richard Wrangham & Tom Standage: Cooking Up a Pot of Civilization CATCHING FIRE How Cooking Made Us Human, AN EDIBLE HISTORY OF HUMANITY - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Tom Standage:AN EDIBLE HISTORY OF HUMANITY Chapter One THE INVENTION OF FARMING - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Margaret MacMillan: Getting History Right DANGEROUS GAMES The Uses and Abuses of History - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • James Scott: HISTORY Misguided Missiles THE ATTACK ON THE LIBERTY The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly 1967 Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Larry Tye: BIOGRAPHY 'No Man Got to Be Common' SATCHEL The Life and Times of an American Legend - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Larry Tye: SATCHEL The Life and Times of an American Legend Chapter One Coming Alive - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Gavin Mortimer: HISTORY The Wright Stuff CHASING ICARUS The Seventeen Days in 1910 That Forever Changed American Aviation - WaPo, 7-12-09
  • Craig Nelson, Andrew Chaikin with Victoria Kohl: Giant Step, Full Stop ROCKET MEN The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, VOICES FROM THE MOON Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences - NYT, 7-8-09
  • Craig Nelson: ROCKET MEN The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, Chapter Seven A Way to Talk to God - NYT, 7-8-09
  • Elijah Wald: Roll Over, John Lennon HOW THE BEATLES DESTROYED ROCK 'N' ROLL An Alternative History of American Popular Music - NYT, 7-10-09
  • James MacGregor Burns: New Book on Supreme Court by Historian Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court - iberkshires.com (7-6-09)
  • James MacGregor Burns says Supremes Really Govern America Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court - MICHIKO KAKUTANI in the NYT (7-6-09)

PROFILED & FEATURED:

QUOTED:

INTERVIEWED:

  • Immanuel Ness: You Say You Want a Reference Book About Revolution? The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500 to the Present - Inside Higher Ed (7-8-09)
  • Michael Oren: Israeli Ambassador in conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg (video) -
    youtube.com (7-2-09)

SPOTTED:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • August 1, 2009: An Evening with Ken Burns: Kens Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Burns' films,"More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source." This evening will afford Chautauqua an opportunity to hear one of the most influential documentary makers of all time. Chautauqua Institutition. For more info 716-357-6200. - Jamestown Post-Journal, 5-21-09

ON TV:

  • Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money Brings The Economic Crisis Down to Earth on PBS each Wednesday in July - About.com, 6-29-09
  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity - Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2:BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: "The Exodus Decoded" - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake" - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Cities Of The Underworld: New York: Secret Societies" - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "The Antichrist" - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Angels: Good or Evil" - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Lost Worlds: The Real Dracula" - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai" - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "The Lost Pyramid" - Friday, July 17, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "UFO Files: The Pacific Bermuda Triangle" - Friday, July 17, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Kennedys: The Curse of Power" - Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy" - Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Roger S. Bagnall: Oxford Handbook of Papyrology, July 14, 2009
  • David Maraniss: Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics That Stirred the World (Reprint), July 14, 2009
  • Buzz Aldrin: Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon, July 23, 2009
  • Alice Morse Earle: Child Life in Colonial Times (Paperback), July 23, 2009
  • William A. DeGregorio: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Seventh Edition, August 15, 2009
  • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009

DEPARTED:




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