Archive: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

What Year Was Most Important?

Was it 1492 or 1968? 1066 or 1848? We've had a spate of bestsellers about the events of a single year, and two new titles are on their way: 1959: The Year Everything Changed, by Fred Kaplan, will be published in June. Kaplan (who writes the War Stories column about...

By Alan Cooperman | March 27, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Five First-Rate Narrative Histories

Narrative history was considered an endangered species during the 1970s and '80s, when no-frills revisionist scholarship was in the ascendance. But in the decades since, on the shoulders of such bestselling authors as David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin, narrative history has made a comeback. We've rediscovered the joy of...

By Denny Drabelle | March 26, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Adopting Shakespeare at Folger Shakespeare Library

Once a year, the Folger Shakespeare Library assembles all its new acquisitions and lays them out for display. It's a rare chance to peruse some extremely precious (and sometimes arcane) documents.

By Ron Charles | March 25, 2009; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reader Spotlight: The Egans of Takoma Park

You never know when you'll have a few minutes to spare to read!

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | March 24, 2009; 2:18 PM ET | Comments (2)


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