Category Archives: Potomac Books

August 18

News and Reviews

Books Crude Nation Raul Gallegos Book mentioned in the New York Times: “Gallegos provides crucial background for the country’s present situation, and also offers a solution for fixing the country’s economy and helping it re-enter the global energy industry.”   Perla Frédéric Brun Translated by Sarah Gendron and Jennifer Vanderheyden Review from Publishers Weekly: “…there is […]

August 10

From the Desk of Steven I. Levine: Russian Lessons

The following contribution comes from Steven I. Levine, translator of Russia’s Dead End: An Insider’s Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin (August 2017) by Andrei A. Kovalev. Levine a retired professor of politics and history, is the coauthor of Mao: The Real Story and Arc of Empire: America’s Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam. Andrei A. Kovalev’s Russia’s Dead End: […]

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 […]

August 04

News and Reviews

Books Glory Days Melissa Fraterrigo Starred review from Booklist: “If Willa Cather and Cormac McCarthy had a love child, she would be a writer such as Fraterrigo, whose imagery is equally evocative and unforgiving and whose characters are every bit as anguished and forlorn.”   Solomon D. Butcher John E. Carter Review essay in the Paris Review: […]

July 21

News and Reviews

Books Vice Capades Mark Stein Review in Inside Higher Ed: “There is something amusing, but also intriguing, about seeing examples from history of people working themselves up into a righteous frenzy of alarm and condemnation about, say, juggling, which was illegal in some of the early American colonies.”   Saving One’s Own Mordecai Paldiel Review essay […]

July 17

Happy Book Birthday to Amiable Scoundrel!

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War (Potomac Books, 2016) by Paul Kahan! Kahan is a lecturer at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He is the author of The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, […]

July 10

Remembering David Vincent

Baseball researcher and author David Vincent died on Sunday in Centreville, Virginia. He was sixty-seven years old. Vincent was a noted historian for the Society for American Baseball Research who specialized in the history of the home run. Nicknamed the “Sultan of Swat Stats” by ESPN, he had been the official scorer for the Washington […]

July 07

News and Reviews

Books   Outside the Bible Edited by Louis H. Feldman, James L. Kugel, and Lawrence H. Schiffman Praise from Jewish Review of Books: “The fruit of an extraordinary collaboration… Outside the Bible will replace classic earlier anthologies as the premier compendium of primary texts for scholars and teachers of the period.”   Project Eagle Robert S. Kim Recommendation from Reading […]

July 04

Reading List: American History

Our history is filled with iconic moments and images that define us as a nation. Celebrate your independence and American-ness with these titles! Remembering America: How We Have Told Our Past By Lawrence R. Samuel Our interpretation and expression of our country’s past reflects how that self-identity has changed over the last one hundred years […]

July 03

Publicist Picks: Breast Milk Sharing, Theme Parks, and other September Books

Tayler Lord and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP who share a cubicle and cannot stop talking about books (or caffeinated beverages, for that matter). Today they also share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in September. Tayler Lord: It’s officially Fall 2017! Even though it’s still […]