Also in the Washington Post: a review of Ernest Freeberg's The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America (Penguin), and Kevin Boyle reviews The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Beacon) by Jeanne Theoharis. According to Boy, Theoharis adds a "depressing new dimension" to the story of Park's arrest and boycott: "While Park's stance made her a celebrity it also made her a target."
reviews Stalin's Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War (Knopf) by Robert Gellately, and John Cochrane reviews The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong With Banking and What to Do About It (Princeton) by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig.
And in the New York Times you'll find a review of Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran (Metropolitan) by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, and a review of Alan S. Blinder's After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the response and the Work Ahead (Penguin)
At The New Republic you'll find a review of James Q. Whitman's The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (Harvard) by David Bell, Professor of History at Princeton. Some of Bell's remarks will be familiar to those who attended the great author meets reader panel on The Verdict of Battle at the ASLH this past November. Here's a sample:
Whitman's book does express a lament for the past, but he is a legal scholar, and it is a lawyer's lament, not a soldier's. He argues that for a long period of time, roughly from the early eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, battles paradoxically gave Western civilization a surprisingly effective means of restraining war's overall destruction. This was the case because the Western powers saw battle as an "accepted legal procedure," and agreed to abide by the result.Read on here.