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Texas collection burglarized

It seems like we’re seeing a lot of these stories lately.  Somebody broke into the Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives in Liberty, TX and made off with part of the collection.  If you’ve got any information, call the Liberty Police Department at 939-336-5666

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It pays to be Doris Kearns Goodwin

Steven Spielberg keeps buying the rights to her books faster than her publisher can get them on the shelves. From the LA Times:

A year after Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln” became a box office hit and award-season favorite, the filmmaker’s DreamWorks Studios has announced plans to make another presidential drama — and based on the work of the same author who helped make “Lincoln” possible.

The studio has acquired the rights to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s upcoming book “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” which is set for publication Nov. 5. Kearns also wrote 2005′s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius ofAbraham Lincoln,” which became the basis for Tony Kushner’s “Lincoln” script.

We’ve already had a couple of really good onscreen Teddy Roosevelts: Brian Keith in The Wind and the Lion and Tom Berenger in TNT’s Rough Riders. Interestingly, Keith was in Rough Riders, too; he played Roosevelt’s predecessor William McKinley. John Milius directed both films, so maybe it wasn’t a coincidence.

Not sure what they’re planning to do with Taft, but if Spielberg’s got some money to spare on visual effects, my people can sit down with his people and discuss an option on an old post of mine…

Be a shame to let this current superhero mania go to waste.

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Run Dave Run

Some upstanding citizens are trying to convince David Barton to run for the Senate.  If it means he won’t have as much time to write history books, I’d be happy to make a small campaign contribution.

I believed in Harvey Dent, and I believe in David Barton.

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More than you ever wanted to know about William Howard Taft’s weight loss program

Daily weigh-ins, food diaries, a low-carb diet, a personal trainer, the whole nine yards.  Check it out.

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Get your hands on some previously out-of-print UNC Press books

If you’ve been trying to track down a copy of an out-of-print UNC Press book, they’re offering some of their older titles again through the Enduring Editions program.  I think they’re basically paperback facsimiles of the original books published in low print runs or through some kind of POD arrangement.  However it works, I’m glad they’re doing it.  I just ordered a copy of Carl Driver’s John Sevier biography, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of those for a long time.

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Attack of the blog gremlins

So today I posted something about a story of two camp followers at King’s Mountain, and later when I happened to take a look at my blog, the post wasn’t at the top of the page where it was supposed to be.  I went back to the editing page and hit “Publish” again.  Still no luck.

Finally I noticed that the post had somehow ended up going underneath that Gettysburg photo post from a couple of days ago.  Wordpress inexplicably dated it Sept. 23 instead of Sept. 26.  So for all you folks who don’t subscribe to the blog by e-mail, there’s some new King’s Mountain stuff a couple of posts down.

Not sure what’s going on here, so if things are a little bit weird around here for a while, bear with me.

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Lowry claims Lincoln for conservatives, DiLorenzo responds to Lowry, Godwin’s Law kicks in

In his new book and recent National Review piece, Rich Lowry argues that the American Right has a friend in Lincoln.  I haven’t read the book, but based on the NR article I’d say he makes some valid points, overstates some things, and understates some others.  None of that is surprising, since it’s generally the pattern when people try to shoehorn nineteenth-century political figures into modern categories.

Lowry’s NR piece prompted this response from Thomas DiLorenzo.  While he never really refutes any of Lowry’s points, DiLorenzo does manage to mock Lowry’s physical appearance, criticize his writing style, and label the late William F. Buckley a fascist.  All that in about 350 words.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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Returning the souvenirs from Barry and Jason’s excellent adventure

The items Barry Landau and Jason Savedoff swiped from some two dozen archival repositories are gradually making their way back home.

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We have a winner, but we also have some glitches

Well, folks, there’s good news and bad news.  The good news is, we’ve got a winner for the Bunker Hill book giveaway.  The winning number was 674, by the way, which was also the lowest number of all the entries submitted.

Here’s the bad news.  When I contacted the winner to get a shipping address, he let me know that he’s been having trouble getting the comment function here on the blog to work.  “Whenever I try,” he said, “it won’t let me enter anything into the box called ‘Leave a reply.’ The phrase already in the box, ‘Enter your comment here…’ simply stays there and doesn’t disappear when I try to type over it.”  If anybody else out there has been having this problem, let me know by sending me an e-mail at the address on the “About the Blog” page and I’ll let the folks at WordPress know.

Anyway, let me thank everybody who entered the book giveaway.  We might do more of these in the future.

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Here’s a treat for all you WWII buffs

Rick Atkinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Liberation Trilogy (An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light) will be speaking at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre on Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 P.M.

Admission is free, but you’ll need to call (865) 215-8883 or click here to reserve a seat.

The guy’s a stellar writer and speaker.  Don’t miss it.

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