Daily Archives: May 6, 2011

Shelby Foote and instant history on The Daily Show

Jon Meacham went on Comedy Central last night to talk about two projects he’s edited.  One of them is American Homer, an essay collection on Shelby Foote which is packaged with a new edition of Foote’s Civil War trilogy.  It’s an appropriate title; back when C-SPAN interviewed Foote, he agreed with a caller who cast his work in the Homeric narrative mold, as opposed to the more analytical model of other ancient writers like Thucydides.

Meacham’s other collection is an e-book on Bin Laden’s death and the War on Terror, which examines the shifts in American security efforts over the course of…well, the last week or so, I guess.

Here’s the interview.

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