In his new book, Kevin Phillips argues that 1775, rather than ’76, was the decisive year of the American Revolution. (Personally, I’d go for 1781, but that’s just me.) Based on a quick appraisal while standing in the bookstore, this looks like a wide-ranging and meaty volume that’s well worth a read.
Jon Meacham also has a new biography of Thomas Jefferson out that’s gotten enthusiastic blurbs from some heavy hitters in American Revolution studies.
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.