Michael A. Bellesiles

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Arming America: The Origins...

2.92 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 2000 — 5 editions
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1877: America's Year of Liv...

3.85 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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Revolutionary Outlaws: Etha...

3.80 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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A People's History of the U...

3.77 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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Inventing Equality: Reconst...

4.18 avg rating — 11 ratings6 editions
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Lethal Imagination: Violenc...

3.57 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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Conspiracy and Consent in I...

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Arming America: The Origins...

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Documenting American Violence

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Bibliobase Documents Second...

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Heretic Queen by Susan Ronald
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To be succinct, this book does not deliver on the promise of its title. I was hoping to learn more about Queen Elizabeth’s intellectual and religious perspectives but instead encountered an onslaught of names and connections, insignificant events and ...more
Heretic Queen by Susan Ronald
"Interesting at points, and clearly well researched, but the number of names and the way they are presented made this feel a bit like drinking out of a firehose. I read about a third and them gave up, as the only points I found really engaging were th" Read more of this review »
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The Premonition by Michael   Lewis
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How did the United States become the example of how not to respond to a pandemic? We all know by now (or at least we should) that the administration of the previous president failed completely to accept even the reality of the Coronavirus, let alone ...more
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Exhalation by Ted Chiang
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There are few authors who think so far outside the conventional box of literature as Ted Chiang. His stories are more than entertaining, they are philosophical challenges to accepted ideas. Even the shortest stories, like “What’s Expected of Us,” rai ...more
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Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Sometimes I Lie
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Sometimes I Lie is a dark book that can be difficult to read as all the characters are awful. However, it is brilliantly structured and written, the characters vivid and vile, the plot a twisty masterpiece of imagination. I’m very impressed by the au ...more
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A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
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The problem with supernatural novels is that when they hit a difficult patch in the narrative, one of the magic characters does something new and unexpected. Oh, did I not mention that magicians can bring an ancient figure back to life from their bon ...more
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An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
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An Easy Death is a curious genre-bending hybrid; a mix of Western, supernatural, romance, and alternate history. One of the great “what ifs” of U.S. history is what would have happened had one of Giuseppe Zangara’s bullets hit newly-elected President ...more
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The Sultans by Noel Barber
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The Sultans is a slightly odd book, the first half being more a collection of anecdotes than a sustained historical study. Noel Barber chooses, for unstated reasons, to skip the first nine sultans in order to begin with Suleiman, often called “The Ma ...more
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American Jesus by Stephen R. Prothero
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This is in many ways a fascinating scholarly study of the ways in which Americans have viewed Jesus, though it does leave many questions unanswered. At its best, American Jesus explores the shifting theology of popular Christian belief in the ninetee ...more
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She Said by Jodi Kantor
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Early in this outstanding book the authors ask the fundamental question: Why Harvey Weinstein? Why did it take so long for him to be brought to justice, and why did 70 million Americans then vote for a self-proclaimed sexual predator to be President ...more
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