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10/29 – Justin Gifford on Eldridge Cleaver, with Robyn C. Spencer

The figure who embodied the militant and controversial spirit of the Black Panther Party more than anyone was Eldridge Cleaver. Charismatic, brilliant, and courageous, Cleaver built a base of power and influence that struck fear deep in the heart of white America. It...

10/21 – Heather Clark on Sylvia Plath, with Ruth Franklin

With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials–including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews–Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts who had poetic...

10/15 – Larry Tye on Joseph McCarthy, with Kai Bird

In the long history of American demagogues, from Huey Long to Donald Trump, never has one man caused so much damage in such a short time as Senator Joseph McCarthy. We still use “McCarthyism” to stand for outrageous charges of guilt by association, a weapon of...

10/13 – David S. Reynolds on Abraham Lincoln, with James Oakes

From one of the great historians of nineteenth-century America, a revelatory and enthralling new biography of Lincoln, many years in the making, that brings him to life within his turbulent age: Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times Lincoln’s lineage was considered...

10/6 – Fredrik Logevall on JFK, with David Nasaw

Fredrik Logevall has spent much of the last decade searching for the “real” JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. This volume spans the first thirty-nine...
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