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Jed Rasula’s DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE reviewed in the New York Times Book Review

"Rasula uncovers why Dada didn’t expire along with the isms it either spawned or incorporated… One of [his] insights is to reveal Dada’s kinship to jazz, and thus to the specifically American ‘modernist’ outlook that blossomed throughout the century but was more acceptable in Europe than in its birthplace… [a] meticulous investigation."

John Palfrey discusses BIBLIOTECH on C-SPAN’s Book TV

John Palfrey talked about his book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, in which he argues that the nation’s library system is more important now than ever. In his book, the author contends that despite technological advances that have made many physical reference sources obsolete, libraries are essential to allow all people access to information.”

Kevin Kruse’s ONE NATION UNDER GOD reviewed in Foreign Affairs

"[A] fine new book…Kruse’s thoughtful book illustrates a kind of life cycle of American religious politics: fervent social movements rise up, crest with presidential support, and then slip away, leaving behind rituals, rhetoric, rules, and reforms."

 

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