From HNN, a review of Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830 by J. H. Elliott. From Literary Review, a review of James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years by Wayne Franklin. A review of The Shawnees and the War for America by Colin G. Calloway and The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears by Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green. A review of Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900 by Jack Beatty. A review of House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs. A review of Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier: Notorious Killings and Celebrated Trials by Bill Neal.

A review of The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie. A review of A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. Round Britain with a pint: A review of The Longest Crawl by Ian Marchant. From The Atlantic Monthly, a review of Women and the Making of the Modern House and Key Houses of the Twentieth Century. A review of Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There From Here by Akiko Busch. Just Beneath the Surface: Swimming across a river is primal, erotic, solitary, communal and a time to contemplate things big and small.  A review of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolin.

A review of Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America by Joan Shelley Rubin. LA history, written on the walls: A review of Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art by Steve Grody.  A review of The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy by Joan Quigley. A review of The Man Who Invented Flight: George Cayley and the First Airplane by Richard Dee. A review of The Final Call: In Search of the True Cost of our Holidays by Leo Hickman (and more). A review of Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation From Stifling People and Strangling Profits by Robert Townsend. A review of Crazy Bosses by Stanley Bing. 

A review of Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock by Andrew Beaujon. A review of The Pyjama Game: A Journey into Judo by Mark Law. A review of Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote.

From Foreign Policy, six regions and territories are craving international recognition. Each has its own government—even its own flag—but lacks independent status at the United Nations. Who will be next to win this coveted prize? A review of International Law and its Others. From Monthly Review, a look at how the South has already repaid it external debt to the North, but the North denies its debt to the South. A review of The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption by John Perkins. A review of Imperialism and Postcolonialism by Barbara Bush. An interview with Noam Chomsky on religion and politics.

From The Moscow Times, Bringing the Past to Life: Enthusiasts in Kaliningrad re-enact the Battle of Friedland, where Napoleon defeated the Russians. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves discusses the dispute over the Soviet memorial in Tallinn, why the Nazis were not necessarily worse than the Soviets, and the ethnic Russians plotting against the Estonian state. An excerpt from Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine by Timothy Snyder. The richer they come: Can Russia's oligarchs keep their billions - and their freedom? A new cult for a new leader? In Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov's persona faces Turkmens' murky isolation. Kazakhstan's feuding first family: When the president of an oil-rich former Soviet republic where the ruling family runs everything falls out with his son-in-law it can have huge repercussions. 

A review of The Boys from Dolores: Fidel Castro's Classmates From Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes. Lessons of Porto Alegre: The Brazilian experience shows us that local participation can be more than just consultation. Argentina's Power Couple: Cristina Kirchner's path from first lady to president is almost assured. But she's no Hillary (and more). There Goes the Neighborhood: American clout with its neighbors has hit a new low, warns Mexico's ex-foreign minister Jorge Castaneda.

The Lonely Business of Defending America: America can be hard to love these days. And persuading non-Americans even to like it can seem an impossible task. Executive Nonsense: Bush's assertion of privilege is wildly misplaced—and could lead to another Watergate. Maybe we've totally misjudged Mr. Bush. Perhaps he isn't a Kantian after all, but a Marxist, as in Groucho, who famously said, "These are my principles; if you don't like them, I have others".

Katherine Baker (IIT): The Problem with Unpaid Work. From The Boston Globe Magazine, The Daddy Track: As society acknowledges that men can be great parents, the number of single fathers is on the rise. So what is life like for men juggling career, family, and home? A lot like life for single moms; doctors, dietitians, school districts, and "sanctimommies" all have opinions about what you should feed your kids. So, what should you feed them?; "our kids are over-scheduled!" is a major worry and rallying cry for parents today. But is it really just a suburban legend?; and how did mothering get hip?

From The New York Observer, The New Victorians: They fall in love, dear reader, buy strollers, hire cooks—Heath, Michelle, Liv, Nicole join prissy New Bourgeoisie! "We’ve leaped to our parents’ level of success right away". Why Dutch Kids are Happier Than Yours: A progressive educational system and a family-friendly social system helps the Netherlands top a UNICEF survey on the well-being of children. A review of The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden. Blame it on Mr. Rogers: Why young adults feel so entitled. When she heard that a Newcastle councillor had recommended a family of ginger children dye their hair to avoid bullying, Louise Crowe decided enough was enough. Here, she reveals why the time is right for a redhead revolution. 

Field Guide to the Materialist: She's Gotta Have It: We're all bombarded by ads and surrounded by stores, but for some people, stuff reigns and to shop is to be. Communities in Crisis: A look at how sprawl is ruining our lives. A review of The Age of Abundance How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture by Brink Lindsey. A review of Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States by Hiroshi Motomura. A More Perfect Union: It's time we let legal immigrants vote in local elections. Doing so could save us from becoming like France! The borders of liberalism: Xenophobia is an illiberal response to immigration from the right, but multiculturalism represents much the same thing from the left.

Ian F. Haney López (Berkeley): "A Nation of Minorities": Race, Ethnicity and Reactionary Colorblindness.  Daniel Goldberg (Baylor): Universal Health Care, American Pragmatism and the Ethics of Health Policy: Questioning Political Efficacy. 

An excerpt from The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic. An excerpt from Trade in Classical Antiquity by Neville Morley. An excerpt from Ethnic Identity and Aristocratic Competition in Republican Rome by Gary D. Farney. A review of The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt: Art, Identity, and Funerary Religion by Christina Riggs. An excerpt from The Political Thought of King Alfred the Great by David Pratt. A review of Medieval Go-Betweens and Chaucer's Pandarus by Gretchen  Mieszkowski. A review of In Search of the Holy Grail: The Quest for the Middle Ages by Veronica Ortenberg. A review of The Saintly Politics of Catherine of Siena by F. Thomas Luongo.

A review of Marxism and Ecological Economics by Paul Burkett.  In economics departments, a growing will to debate fundamental assumptions. The LaRouche Youth Movement: Followers of “the best economist in the world today” are coming to your campus. Scott McLemee reads their literature without giggling. As of June 22, help is on the way for Maine students in the form of Opportunity Maine, an innovative local answer to the student debt crisis.  The Greek government has approved a series of reforms intended to modernise its university system, including the opening of private institutions and placing a limit on the maximum study period. However, the students are protesting. 

From Skeptical Inquirer, The Myth of Consistent Skepticism and The Cautionary Case of Albert Einstein: Being a skeptic implies that we consistently apply the methods of skepticism to all claims. However, all skeptics, even Einstein, are, at best, selectively skeptical; The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Lab closes, ending decades of psychic research; an article on deciphering Da Vinci’s real codes; and Theatre of Science: Two academics show—somewhat to their own surprise—that there is an audience for a live stage science show. And they have fun doing it. Will others follow?