Category Archives: Excerpts

August 16

Excerpt: Bootleggers and Borders

The following is an excerpt from Bootleggers and Borders: The Paradox of Prohibition on a Canada-U.S. Borderland (Nebraska, 2014) by Stephen T. Moore.  From Chapter 4: The Halcyon Days of Rum-Running Roy Haynes, the second U.S. commissioner of prohibition and an astute observer of the border’s effect on the liquor traffic, once remarked that it was […]

August 09

Excerpt: Upstairs at the Roosevelts’

The following has been excerpted from Upstairs at the Roosevelts’: Growing Up with Franklin and Eleanor (July 2017).  Chapter 1: My Twelve Years in the White House The question most frequently asked of me is, “What was life like in the White House?” A response saying that it was “wonderful, fantastic, unforgettable and yet a disaster” only provokes […]

July 25

Excerpt: Think of Lampedusa

Earlier this month, The Guardian published “‘Do-gooders’ no more: Lampedusans turn against refugee tide as patience wears thin,” which brings attention to the recent mayoral election on the small Italian island and what it means for its resident and migrant populations. Giusi Nicolini, celebrated around the world for her commitment to welcoming refugees, was defeated by former […]

July 18

Excerpt: The Letters of Henry James

Earlier this month, Holland Cotter highlighted the artistic work and influence of Henry James in his New York Times article on the Morgan Library & Museum’s exhibition, “Henry James and American Painting.” The article brings up several people featured in the exhibit and throughout James’ life, including Elizabeth Boott, a close friend and painter. At UNP, Henry […]

July 11

EXCERPT: The Native South

The following has been excerpted from The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies, edited by Tim Alan Garrison and Greg O’Brien (July 2017). An Interview with Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green On July 11, 2012, Greg O’Brien conducted the following interview with Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green at their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. […]

July 06

EXCERPT: American English, Italian Chocolate

The following has been excerpted from American English, Italian Chocolate: Small Subjects of Great Importance by Rick Bailey (July 2017).   Flip-Flops and the Leaning Tower of Pisa   . . . Clogs and I were not made for each other. I kept falling off of them. “I can’t walk on these things,” I said to my […]

June 27

EXCERPT: Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens

The following has been excerpted from Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens, edited and with an introduction by Mark Warner and Margaret Pruser (June 2017). This book is the latest in the Historical Archaeology of the American West series.  Introduction Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens They are the kind of taglines that flash sporadically across any evening […]

June 22

EXCERPT: The Spirit and the Sky

The following has been excerpted from The Spirit and the Sky: Lakota Visions of the Cosmos by Mark Hollabaugh (June 2017). From Chapter 4: The Stars and Constellations Although the night sky is filled with surprises in the form of comets, meteor showers, and the northern lights, some aspects like the stars’ nightly movement and the constellations’ […]

Perfectly Awful June 21

Excerpt: Perfectly Awful

The NBA Draft is tomorrow and the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have officially completed a blockbuster trade. Luckily for the Sixers, it’s 2017 and not 1972. Below is an excerpt from Charley Rosen’s Perfectly Awful: The Philadelphia 76ers’ Horrendous and Hilarious 1972-1973 Season (Nebraska, 2014).  [7] How Low Can You Go?  How would the Sixers react […]

June 12

Excerpt: Ellen Browning Scripps

The following is an excerpt from Ellen Browning Scripps: New Money and American Philanthropy (June 2017) by Molly McClain.  Chapter 7: Old Age, New Age At the same time that Ellen worked to establish the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she also began to search for purpose in her own life. She had never been particularly speculative, having […]