Monday, March 12, 2007

Recent Reviews

A few reviews from recent days:

- Kurt Anderson's Heyday (Random House), a historical novel set in the antebellum period. Reviewed by Allen Barra in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

- Joel Rose's The Blackest Bird (W.W. Norton), another take on the Mary Rogers murder, from a fictional perspective. Reviewed by Wendy Smith in the LATimes.

- Karen Ordahl Kupperman's The Jamestown Project (Harvard University Press), and a number of other new books appearing on the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's settlement. Reviewed by Tony Horwitz in the Washington Post.

- Peter Mancall's Hakluyt's Promise (Yale University Press) and Benjamin Woolley's Savage Kingdom (Harper Press), also focusing on early American settlement. Reviewed by Fintan O'Toole in The Guardian.

- Edward Pearce's The Great Man (Jonathan Cape), a new biography of Robert Walpole. Reviewed by Tristram Hunt in The Guardian.

- James Oakes' The Radical and the Republican (W.W. Norton), a 'joint biography' of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Reviewed by James McPherson in the NYRB.

- F.P. Lock's Edmund Burke (Oxford University Press), the second volume of Lock's Burke biography. Reviewed by Jonathan Clark in the TLS.