Last Updated November 30, 2016
A Nice Place to Visit, by Aaron Cowan, was reviewed in the December 2016 issue of Choice. The review read, "Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and St. Louis all grew to prominence during the second industrial revolution, only to fall on hard times.... Each city thought revitalization would come through convention centers and business travelers and later from sports stadiums and leisure tourists.... Cowan rightly concludes that real revitalization will attract conventioneers and suburbanites and offer educational and employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged city dwellers. Summing Up: Recommended."
America's First Adventure in China, by John Haddad, was part of a combined review in China Review International, Vol 21, No. 2, 2014. The review read, "[The book is] particularly important for bringing matters of trade and commerce to light, matters that have been long overshadowed by studies of Chinese labor emigrations (both indentured and free) and the politics of Chinese exclusion. More broadly, [the book is] part of that larger trend which emphasizes regional and transnational ties that are constructed around and across oceans and seas..... [Haddad] surveys a broad range of activities, but I found several chapters on the early US-China trade, under the Canton system and after the first Opium War but before the California gold rush, the most interesting."
The Archival Turn in Feminism, by Kate Eichhorn, was reviewed in the Summer 2016 issue of Feminist Collections. The review read, "Eichhorn takes a queer and cultural theoretical approach to archived Riot Grrrl and Third Wave feminist materials in this compact work.... Eichhorn lays out in the introduction this is not meant to be a standard history, but rather a 'dirty' history that uses a 'queer' methodology.... [T]he text follows an episodic and exploratory trajectory through the author's engagement with...three Third Wave feminist collections.... discussions also draw on the work of prominent critical and cultural theorists." [NOTE: Link not available.]
Nathanael Lauster, author of The Death and Life of the Single-Family House, was reviewed in the New York Journal of Books, on November 28. The review read, "Lauster examines how one Canadian city has undergone a dramatic transformation to curb sprawl.... [The book] is an important contribution to urban studies particularly in terms of its head-on challenge to our 'house habit' and the cognitive dissonance in which this is embedded. In this respect, it resonates throughout North America, far beyond the careful case study in which it is grounded."
Last Updated November 23, 2016
Two Temple University Press titles reviewed in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of American History
• The review of Framing the Audience, by Isadora Anderson Helfgott, read, "Framing the Audience is a deeply researched work that skillfully considers the roles that a range of public and private institutions played in spreading art and thoughtfully meditates on the consequences of corporate patronage for artists, art, industry, and social change."
• The review of The Parker Sisters, by Lucy Maddox, read, "This interesting story embodies many of the issues relating to race and slavery that Americans were struggling with in the decade before the Civil War. Maddox ably reconstructs the narrative of the complicated cases, the kidnapping charges, and the murder of Rachel's employer and would-be rescuer, Joseph Miller. The author effectively utilizes primary sources, especially court records and newspapers."
Unsettled, by Eric Tang, was reviewed in Refuge: The Canada's Journal on Refugees, Volume 32, No. 2, (2016). The review read, "[A]n important contribution to the literature on Southeast Asian refugees in the United States.... Tang is writing against earlier work on refugees in the United States, which focused on cultural groups without giving adequate consideration to the context where they were resettled. Indeed this is the key contribution of the book.... Tang's book helps flesh out our understanding of the lives of Cambodians in the United States."
The Politics of Staying Put, by Carolyn Gallaher, was reviewed in the Fall 2016 issue of Washington History. The review read, "Staying Put offers students of Washington history a sketch of the economic and demographic trends that have shaped life and political discourse in D.C. communities in the early decades of the home-rule city. The volume will be particularly valuable for those curious about why and how well-intentioned social justice policy may miss its mark or who are interested in wrestling with the question of how policy might be better engineered. Gallaher's work contributes to the general study of America's millennial cities by showing what the urban struggle to accommodate public objectives and market forces has looked like in D.C. under limited home rule."