THE GOOD COUNTRY by Lauck NOTE: MEETING ONLINE

Fascinating History
Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 pm

Fascinating History Book Group meets the Tuesday immediately before the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The book group is led by Shane Cagney from Politics and Prose and meets online--for details please contact bookgroups@politics-prose.com

The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest, 1800-1900 By Jon K. Lauck Cover Image

The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest, 1800-1900 (Paperback)

$26.95


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At the center of American history is a hole--a gap where some scholars' indifference or disdain has too long stood in for the true story of the American Midwest. A first-ever chronicle of the Midwest's formative century, The Good Country restores this American heartland to its central place in the nation's history.

Jon K. Lauck, the premier historian of the region, puts midwestern "squares" center stage--an unorthodox approach that leads to surprising conclusions. The American Midwest, in Lauck's cogent account, was the most democratically advanced place in the world during the nineteenth century. The Good Country describes a rich civic culture that prized education, literature, libraries, and the arts; developed a stable social order grounded in Victorian norms, republican virtue, and Christian teachings; and generally put democratic ideals into practice to a greater extent than any nation to date.

The outbreak of the Civil War and the fight against the slaveholding South only deepened the Midwest's dedication to advancing a democratic culture and solidified its regional identity. The "good country" was, of course, not the "perfect country," and Lauck devotes a chapter to the question of race in the Midwest, finding early examples of overt racism but also discovering a steady march toward racial progress. He also finds many instances of modest reforms enacted through the democratic process and designed to address particular social problems, as well as significant advances for women, who were active in civic affairs and took advantage of the Midwest's openness to women in higher education.

Lauck reaches his conclusions through a measured analysis that weighs historical achievements and injustices, rejects the acrimonious tones of the culture wars, and seeks a new historical discourse grounded in fair readings of the American past. In a trying time of contested politics and culture, his book locates a middle ground, fittingly, in the center of the country.
Product Details ISBN: 9780806190648
ISBN-10: 0806190647
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication Date: November 17th, 2022
Pages: 366
Language: English


G-MAN by Gage NOTE: MEETING ONLINE

Fascinating History
Thursday, July 25, 7:30 pm

Fascinating History Book Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The book group is led by Shane Cagney from Politics and Prose and meets online--for details please contact bookgroups@politics-prose.com

G-Man (Pulitzer Prize Winner): J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century By Beverly Gage Cover Image

G-Man (Pulitzer Prize Winner): J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century (Paperback)

$25.00


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Politics and Prose at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
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2 on hand, as of Jun 17 2:20pm
Politics and Prose at Union Market (1324 4th Street NE)
3 on hand, as of Jun 25 5:35am

Now in paperback, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J Edgar Hoover deemed "Masterful…an enduring, formidable accomplishment, a monument to the power of biography [that] now becomes the definitive work”by The Washington Post (and everywhere else)


"Revelatory...an acknowledgment of the complexities that made Hoover who he was, while charging the turbulent currents that eventually swept him aside."—The New York Times

G-Man is the groundbreaking portrait of a colossus who dominated half a century of American history and planted the seeds for much of today’s conservative political landscape. Hoover transformed a scandal-riddled law-enforcement backwater, into a modern machine—one just as oppressive as it was promising. He rose to power and then stayed there, decade after decade, using the tools of the state to create a personal fiefdom unrivaled in U.S. history. Beverly Gage’s monumental work explores the full sweep of Hoover’s life and career, from his birth in 1895 to a modest Washington civil-service family to a strongarm for white supremacists and the politicized Christian right, serving eight presidents. G-Man places Hoover back where he once stood in American political history--not at the fringes, but at the center--and uses his story to explain the trajectories of governance, policing, race, ideology, political culture, and federal power as they evolved over the course of the 20th century. 

“[A] crisply written, prodigiously researched, and frequently astonishing new biography”The New Yorker

“Gage’s penetrating account of Hoover’s career, especially his many long-eclipsed triumphs, offers a well-timed and sobering perspective as yet another institution in our fractured country struggles to maintain trust.” -The Atlantic

“Gage’s triumph is her deft navigation through Hoover’s 'deep state,' while reminding us of the abuse of power that remains his enduring legacy.”—The Boston Globe
Beverly Gage is professor of 20th-century American history at Yale. She is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded, which examined the history of terrorism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She writes frequently for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, among other publications.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593511466
ISBN-10: 0593511468
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 896
Language: English
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 

Winner of the New-York Historical Society’s 2023 Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize

Winner of the Organization of American Historians 2023 Ellis W. Hawley Prize

Winner of the 43rd Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography


Finalist for the 2023 ABA Silver Gavel Award in Books, the 2023 Mark Lynton History Prize, and the Biographers International Organization 2022 Plutarch Award

The New York Times "TOP 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2022"

The Atlantic "Top 10 Books of the Year"

The Washington Post "Top Ten Books of 2022"

Publishers Weekly * "Top Ten Books of 2022"

Smithsonian Magazine "The Ten Best History Books of 2022"

"Revelatory...an acknowledgment of the complexities that made Hoover who he was, while charging the turbulent currents that eventually swept him aside."The New York Times

“[A] crisply written, prodigiously researched, and frequently astonishing new biography”The New Yorker

“Gage’s penetrating account of Hoover’s career, especially his many long-eclipsed triumphs, offers a well-timed and sobering perspective as yet another institution in our fractured country struggles to maintain trust.” -The Atlantic

“Gage’s triumph is her deft navigation through Hoover’s 'deep state,' while reminding us of the abuse of power that remains his enduring legacy.”—The Boston Globe

"Judicious... make[s] you realize...Hoover's half-century of immense influence rested on his mastery of a very American art--the crafting of his image." --Adan Hochschild, The Nation

“Gage has done a service to history with this clear-eyed portrait of a man who was, for better and for worse, very much an American of his century.”The American Scholar

“This is a monumental work about power, responsibility, and democracy itself. With deep research, an engaging voice, and penetrating insights, Beverly Gage has crafted a portrait of a man and a country in all its complexity and contradiction. To understand who we are, Gage argues, we need to understand the rise and reign of J. Edgar Hoover. And this book is now an indispensable element in the unending work of grasping the nature of our flawed nation.” —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

"Beverly Gage has created a masterwork of biography that reveals the contradictions of the American Century through a man who embodied nearly all of them. Those seeking to understand the conservative movement, American authoritarianism and backlash to progress will find much here, as will those interested in liberalism and the transformative power of government. "
Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together

"Captivating...Nuanced, incisive, and exhaustive, this is the definitive portrait of one of 20th-century America’s most consequential figures."Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A welcome reevaluation of a law enforcement legend.”Kirkus Reviews

An incomparable portrait of one of the most influential and reviled figures in American history. In stunning detail, Beverly Gage presents J. Edgar Hoover’s complex life and career within the wider political contexts and cultural value systems that facilitated his rise to power—and his notorious, often discriminatory abuses of that power—as FBI director for nearly a half century. This extraordinary biography raises critical questions about the scope of police authority, the contours of citizenship, and the limits of democracy that strongly resonate."  
-Elizabeth Hinton, author of America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
 
"Good biographers know that their first obligation is to understand their subject, and only then to commend or condemn.  That's long seemed impossible for J. Edgar Hoover, who shrouded himself in secrecy while publicizing the organization he led.  Beverly Gage, however, has found her way, triumphantly, through Hoover's contradictions.  G-Man is rigorously researched, vividly written, and, most remarkably, fair.  It will long remain the definitive account.”
-- John Lewis Gaddis, author of George F. Kennan:  An American Life

“What hath Hoover wrought? No one has answered that question as exhaustively or as astutely as the inimitable Beverly Gage. Hoover, at long last, has met his match. G-Man is unflinching, incisive, and riveting, part biography, part political thriller, and much more: an essential new history of twentieth-century America.
—Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States
 
“Essential reading for those who care about government power and constraint—which should be all of us. In clear, accessible writing, Beverly Gage offers a thorough and fair-minded appraisal of the twentieth century's most powerful American, one whose legacy and shadow still hang over Washington. We should know this history, or be condemned to repeat it."
—James Comey, former director, FBI, and author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

G-MAN by Gage NOTE: MEETING ONLINE

Fascinating History
Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 pm

Fascinating History Book Group meets the Tuesday immediately before the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The book group is led by Shane Cagney from Politics and Prose and meets online--for details please contact bookgroups@politics-prose.com

G-Man (Pulitzer Prize Winner): J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century By Beverly Gage Cover Image

G-Man (Pulitzer Prize Winner): J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century (Paperback)

$25.00


In Stock—Click for Locations
Politics and Prose at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
5 on hand, as of Jun 25 5:20am
Politics and Prose at The Wharf (610 Water St SW)
2 on hand, as of Jun 17 2:20pm
Politics and Prose at Union Market (1324 4th Street NE)
3 on hand, as of Jun 25 5:35am

Now in paperback, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J Edgar Hoover deemed "Masterful…an enduring, formidable accomplishment, a monument to the power of biography [that] now becomes the definitive work”by The Washington Post (and everywhere else)


"Revelatory...an acknowledgment of the complexities that made Hoover who he was, while charging the turbulent currents that eventually swept him aside."—The New York Times

G-Man is the groundbreaking portrait of a colossus who dominated half a century of American history and planted the seeds for much of today’s conservative political landscape. Hoover transformed a scandal-riddled law-enforcement backwater, into a modern machine—one just as oppressive as it was promising. He rose to power and then stayed there, decade after decade, using the tools of the state to create a personal fiefdom unrivaled in U.S. history. Beverly Gage’s monumental work explores the full sweep of Hoover’s life and career, from his birth in 1895 to a modest Washington civil-service family to a strongarm for white supremacists and the politicized Christian right, serving eight presidents. G-Man places Hoover back where he once stood in American political history--not at the fringes, but at the center--and uses his story to explain the trajectories of governance, policing, race, ideology, political culture, and federal power as they evolved over the course of the 20th century. 

“[A] crisply written, prodigiously researched, and frequently astonishing new biography”The New Yorker

“Gage’s penetrating account of Hoover’s career, especially his many long-eclipsed triumphs, offers a well-timed and sobering perspective as yet another institution in our fractured country struggles to maintain trust.” -The Atlantic

“Gage’s triumph is her deft navigation through Hoover’s 'deep state,' while reminding us of the abuse of power that remains his enduring legacy.”—The Boston Globe
Beverly Gage is professor of 20th-century American history at Yale. She is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded, which examined the history of terrorism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She writes frequently for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, among other publications.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593511466
ISBN-10: 0593511468
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 896
Language: English
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 

Winner of the New-York Historical Society’s 2023 Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize

Winner of the Organization of American Historians 2023 Ellis W. Hawley Prize

Winner of the 43rd Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography


Finalist for the 2023 ABA Silver Gavel Award in Books, the 2023 Mark Lynton History Prize, and the Biographers International Organization 2022 Plutarch Award

The New York Times "TOP 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2022"

The Atlantic "Top 10 Books of the Year"

The Washington Post "Top Ten Books of 2022"

Publishers Weekly * "Top Ten Books of 2022"

Smithsonian Magazine "The Ten Best History Books of 2022"

"Revelatory...an acknowledgment of the complexities that made Hoover who he was, while charging the turbulent currents that eventually swept him aside."The New York Times

“[A] crisply written, prodigiously researched, and frequently astonishing new biography”The New Yorker

“Gage’s penetrating account of Hoover’s career, especially his many long-eclipsed triumphs, offers a well-timed and sobering perspective as yet another institution in our fractured country struggles to maintain trust.” -The Atlantic

“Gage’s triumph is her deft navigation through Hoover’s 'deep state,' while reminding us of the abuse of power that remains his enduring legacy.”—The Boston Globe

"Judicious... make[s] you realize...Hoover's half-century of immense influence rested on his mastery of a very American art--the crafting of his image." --Adan Hochschild, The Nation

“Gage has done a service to history with this clear-eyed portrait of a man who was, for better and for worse, very much an American of his century.”The American Scholar

“This is a monumental work about power, responsibility, and democracy itself. With deep research, an engaging voice, and penetrating insights, Beverly Gage has crafted a portrait of a man and a country in all its complexity and contradiction. To understand who we are, Gage argues, we need to understand the rise and reign of J. Edgar Hoover. And this book is now an indispensable element in the unending work of grasping the nature of our flawed nation.” —Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

"Beverly Gage has created a masterwork of biography that reveals the contradictions of the American Century through a man who embodied nearly all of them. Those seeking to understand the conservative movement, American authoritarianism and backlash to progress will find much here, as will those interested in liberalism and the transformative power of government. "
Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together

"Captivating...Nuanced, incisive, and exhaustive, this is the definitive portrait of one of 20th-century America’s most consequential figures."Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A welcome reevaluation of a law enforcement legend.”Kirkus Reviews

An incomparable portrait of one of the most influential and reviled figures in American history. In stunning detail, Beverly Gage presents J. Edgar Hoover’s complex life and career within the wider political contexts and cultural value systems that facilitated his rise to power—and his notorious, often discriminatory abuses of that power—as FBI director for nearly a half century. This extraordinary biography raises critical questions about the scope of police authority, the contours of citizenship, and the limits of democracy that strongly resonate."  
-Elizabeth Hinton, author of America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
 
"Good biographers know that their first obligation is to understand their subject, and only then to commend or condemn.  That's long seemed impossible for J. Edgar Hoover, who shrouded himself in secrecy while publicizing the organization he led.  Beverly Gage, however, has found her way, triumphantly, through Hoover's contradictions.  G-Man is rigorously researched, vividly written, and, most remarkably, fair.  It will long remain the definitive account.”
-- John Lewis Gaddis, author of George F. Kennan:  An American Life

“What hath Hoover wrought? No one has answered that question as exhaustively or as astutely as the inimitable Beverly Gage. Hoover, at long last, has met his match. G-Man is unflinching, incisive, and riveting, part biography, part political thriller, and much more: an essential new history of twentieth-century America.
—Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States
 
“Essential reading for those who care about government power and constraint—which should be all of us. In clear, accessible writing, Beverly Gage offers a thorough and fair-minded appraisal of the twentieth century's most powerful American, one whose legacy and shadow still hang over Washington. We should know this history, or be condemned to repeat it."
—James Comey, former director, FBI, and author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

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