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May 6, 2009 3:58 am


May 4, 2009: Historian Michael Oren Named Israel Ambassador to US



HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

  • Michael Oren: Appointed to US envoy role from Israel - Jerusalem Post, 5-2-09
  • New book says FDR tried to save Jewish refugees: A new book disputes widely held assumptions that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was insensitive to the plight of European Jews under the Nazis, and instead concludes that he tried to arrange resettlement for thousands of refugees in the late 1930s, only to be thwarted by his own State Department. The book,"Refugees and Rescue," claims FDR developed plans in 1938 for the United States to fill its immigration quota with 27,000 Jews from Germany and Austria and to send others to British-held Palestine and friendly nations in Africa and Latin America.... - AP, 5-1-09

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Mark Rudd: Years of Rage UNDERGROUND My Life With SDS and the Weathermen - NYT, 5-3-09
  • Mark Rudd:UNDERGROUND My Life With SDS and the Weathermen, First Chapter - NYT, 5-3-09
  • Raymond Arsenault: Voice of America THE SOUND OF FREEDOM Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America - NYT, 5-3-09
  • Raymond Arsenault:THE SOUND OF FREEDOM Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America, From Chapter 5,"Sweet Land of Liberty" - NYT, 5-3-09
  • Thomas Parrish: Inside Lend-Lease TO KEEP THE BRITISH ISLES AFLOAT FDR's Men in Churchill's London, 1941 - NYT, 5-3-09
  • James Mann, William Kleinknecht: Books About Ronald Reagan The Great Enigma THE REBELLION OF RONALD REAGAN A History of the End of the Cold War, THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America - NYT, 5-3-09
  • Ernest B. Furgurson on Winston Groom: HISTORY The Key in Lincoln's Pocket VICKSBURG, 1863 - WaPo, 5-3-09
  • Winston Groom: VICKSBURG, 1863, First Chapter - WaPo, 5-3-09
  • Alec Wilkinson, Allan M. Winkler: Two compelling new Pete Seeger books are timed to the folk singer reaching age 90 The Protest Singer, To Everything There is a Season - The Plain Dealer, 5-2-09
  • Richard Breitman, Barbara McDonald Stewart and Severin Hochberg: Roosevelt and the Jews: A Debate Rekindled Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1935-1945"It is a book that will change the consensus about the role of President Roosevelt," said Deborah Lipstadt, a leading expert on the Holocaust, who has read some sections. It" compels historians — both those who have vilified F.D.R. and those who have sanctified him — to rethink their conclusions." - NYT, 4-30-09
  • Daniel James Brown: Desperate Journey THE INDIFFERENT STARS ABOVE The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride - NYT, 5-1-09
  • Jon A. Shields: New study claims Christian right leaders teach careful moral reasoning and civics The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right - Source: NYT (4-24-09)

QUOTES:

  • David McCullough: Historian warns against 'instant history' of Obama's first 100 days during Drew U. speech: "I think we have an extraordinary president. He has the makings of one of the most remarkable presidents ever," said McCullough, 75, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his books on American history."The man is amazing... He has the capability to move people with words." - Source: NJ Star-Ledger (4-29-09)

PROFILES & FEATURES:

  • Sheryl Cohn: UCF Professor: Revise Holocaust Education, Nazis' persecution of Jews should be taught as standalone course: "One of my messages is the Holocaust is a standalone event," she said."It needs to be taught separately from World War II." - The Ledger, 5-3-09
  • Norton Mezvinsky: Professor called brilliant, inspiring, biased, dangerous: The controversial Central Connecticut State University icon, in his final lecture last week, found pathos in his life story and struck an American Gothic aura in his championing of radical causes. - Bristol Press, 5-2-09
  • James J. Lorence: Retired UWMC history professor a forever student, teacher - Wausau Daily Herald, 5-1-09
  • Museums: In Berlin, Teaching Germany's Jewish History - NYT, 5-2-09
  • Michael Burleigh: In his new book Burleigh's NOT writing about the Third Reich - Source: NYT (4-24-09)

INTERVIEWS:

HONORS, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • June 11-14, 2009: The ninth annual"Reacting to the Past" Institute at Barnard College (New York), Annual summer history institute at Barnard College - Source: Press Release (4-21-09)

ON TV:

  • PBS, Monday April 20, at 9pm: Seeing History Through Indians' Eyes:"We Shall Remain" NYT, 4-12-09 (pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain)
  • Donald Fixico: History professor advises new PBS documentary"We Shall Remain" - ASU Web Devil, 4-21-09
  • C-SPAN2:BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS American Experience: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: "Art of War" - Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "How the Earth Was Made" Marathon - Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "The States" Marathon - Thursday, May 5, 2009 at 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom" - Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces" - Friday, May 8, 2009 at 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Deep Sea Detectives: Slave Ship Uncovered!" - Friday, May 8, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Patton 360" Marathon - Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Art of War" - Sunday, May 9, 2009 at 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Ancient Aliens" - Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Thomas Childers: Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation's Troubled Homecoming from World War II, May 13, 2009
  • Simon Schama, American Future: A History, May 19, 2009
  • Geoffrey Blainey, Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific, May 25, 2009
  • Richard Ben-Veniste: Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate To 9/11, May 26, 2009
  • Douglas Brinkley, Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919, June 30, 2009

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