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Witness
4.35
did not like it
ooh boy - what I hunk of junk this thing is.

790 pages of Chambers's pathetic mewling makes it easy to understand, even for those of us who weren't th
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Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise
3.52
really liked it
Establishes the ways in which Wal-Mart helped to inculcate a spirt of Christian free enterprise in the Ozarks, working to build a globalized, neoliber ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
 
Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies
3.64
really liked it
Excellent overview of the 1970s - political and economic history. Stein blames the transformation of the US economy from industrial production driven ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
 
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
4.03
Useful as an easy summary of Marxian historio-philosophical thought and in its articulation of the differences between utopian (pre-Marxist) and scien ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
 
Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920
3.76
it was amazing
Kloppenberg engages with who he terms the "via media" thinkers - via media representing "a radical uncertainty," a rejection of permanent categories a ...more
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
 
The Permanent Revolution, Results and Prospects
3.81
Due to its (1905) political backwardness, (as Kautsky points out), Russia is dominated by foreign capital from more developed Western Nation. For this ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
 
The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression
4.16
it was amazing
As Angus Burgin illustrates in The Great Persuasion, the MPS “perceived their role…to be one of precipitating long-term ideological change.” Friedrich ...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
 
Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln
4.00
liked it
I found this a little bit tedious at times. The first thing that needs to be established is whether or not there is a such a thing as the American sel ...more
Aug 2014
Dec 11, 2010
 
Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
4.31
it was amazing
Argues against four things: Lincoln was the "Great Emancipator" (Emerson) who had to wait until public opinion caught up with his abolitionism. Lincol ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics
3.77
really liked it
Divides neoliberalism into three periods: 1920s-1940s (Hayek, Popper, Vin Mises), 1950's-1980 (Friedman, Stigler), and 1980-2008 (global neoliberalism ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
 
John Dewey and American Democracy
4.18
it was amazing
Westbrook writes against the dominant interpretation of Dewey as one of the founders of modern liberalism by placing him in the minority, on the radic ...more
Aug 31, 2015
Jul 31, 2014
 
Sceptical Essays
4.14
liked it
Very dated. I have read a lot of Bertrand Russell, and other than some references to his contemporaries, his work, particularly the autobiography and ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
 
Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men's Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860
3.65
it was amazing
Clothing as commodity and sign. Around the revolution, coarse homespun clothing was virtuous, a rejection of British trade and the British political e ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
 
Russia, 1905-07: Revolution as a Moment of Truth
4.00
really liked it
Shanin argues against the dominant understanding (in the 1980s and largely within Soviet Historiography it seems), particularly regarding Peasants. Th ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
 
No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920
4.03
really liked it
Lears explains the cultural and intellectual transformation of the period 1880-1920 as a flight from modernity and its attendant weightlessness and ra ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
 
The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
3.45
really liked it
Attempts to make sense of the paradox that the two nations most associated with individual political liberty and property rights (Britain and Holland) ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
The Declaration of Independence: A Global History
3.37
it was amazing
Considers the Declaration of Independence as a Global Document. Rather than a call to arms for a domestic audience, it was a declaration of not just i ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
The Myth of American Religious Freedom
3.99
liked it
Essentially argues that before the three decade liberal exception (1936-1968), conservative Protestantism was the de facto moral establishment of the ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
 
The Liberal Tradition in America
3.61
A 'consensus' historian deeply concerned by American consensus. Suggests that because America did not experience feudalism, it knows only liberalism, ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Sep 28, 2014
 
Black Life on the Mississippi: Slaves, Free Blacks, and the Western Steamboat World
3.81
really liked it
The importance of mobility, connections between slave autonomy and slave geography. Came out before Walter Johnson's "On Agency," and BUchanan's book ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
 
Policing Stalin's Socialism: Repression and Social Order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953
4.20
it was amazing
Argues that the traditional view of the 1930's in the USSR as being "bookended" by two different waves of 'terror' Dekulakization and the Purges is in ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
3.86
really liked it
McCurry describes the Confederacy as something unique: a modern, anti-democratic, pro-slavery, state. The seeds of the destruction of the Confederacy ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
 
Marx, Lenin, and the Science of Revolution
3.67
liked it
A little cumbersome, as Eastman makes an important and coherent point, but then sort of...remakes it for a maybe-superfluous 285 pages. The essential ...more
Aug 02, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public
3.73
really liked it
Focuses on the rise of polling in the period (roughly) 1920-1960, beginning with Middletown and then discussing Gallup and Kinsey. A departure from pr ...more
Nov 11, 2014
Nov 01, 2014
 
Stalin's Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926–1941
4.00
it was amazing
A piece with Shearer's book on Soviet Policing, Hagenloh distinguishes between the political repressions of the Great Terror (targeted at supposed Tro ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
3.95
it was amazing
Modern man (1979) is narcissistic in that the 19th century barriers between self and others have been broken down, but nothing has been forged to take ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
 
A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
3.68
it was amazing
Does a good job of expressing the idea that legacies can be complicated, Kazin closes with the idea that it is possible not only for someone to be a p ...more
May 2013
May 01, 2013
 
The Problem of Emancipation: The Caribbean Roots of the American Civil War
3.43
really liked it
Context
Where and how long is the civil war era
Role of media and public opinion in slavery, civil war and emancipation
The influence of religion on auto
...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
 
The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America
3.69
it was amazing
McCoy recasts the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison as part of an extended attempt at establishing a Republic. This is ultimately a tragedy, as th ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
Social Thought in America
3.42
it was amazing
Study of liberal-positivist social philosophy in the first decades of the twentieth century. White focuses on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Veblen, Dewey, Be ...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
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