War upon the Land
By Lisa M. Brady
208 pp. Illustrated. University of Georgia Press (April 2012).
$69.95 hardcover; $24.95 paperback and ebook.
The subtitle, Military Strategy and the Transformation
of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War, sug-
gests the theme. “The book argues that ideas about
nature — in particular, notions re-
garding improvement, control
through science and agriculture,
and wilderness — were central to
the development and success of the
Union strategy implemented in the
final two years of the war,” explains
Brady, a history professor at Boise
State University and former chapter president.
“Clearly written, fascinating in its details, and convincing in its arguments,” praises Georgetown University environmental historian J. R. McNeill.
The Life of Herbert Hoover
By Glen Jeansonne
566 pp. Illustrated. Palgrave Macmillan (February 2012).
“An impressive and provocative appraisal of
Herbert Hoover’s embattled presidency,” ap-
plauds Hoover historian George H. Nash,
“and a fresh, empathetic ac-
count” of the “Fighting
Quaker.” This “cautionary
tale of the contradictions be-
tween public service and po-
litical leadership … is des-
tined to become the stan-
dard” about the 31st chief ex-
ecutive, adds Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library Director Emeritus Timothy Walch. “A
competent president if not a great president,
he was a great man and, more importantly, a
good one,” University of Wisconsin-Milwau-
kee history professor Jeansonne (member at
large) writes via email.
American Indians and the Mass Media
Edited by Meta G. Carstarphen and John P. Sanchez
312 pp. Illustrated. University of Oklahoma Press (March 2012).
This collection “chronicles touchstones in the rela-
tionship between mass media and indigenous people in
the United States. Some of the chap-
ters are historical, while others exam-
ine contemporary practices. All of the
chapters include analyses from Ameri-
can Indian perspectives that do not
exist in any other volume about mass
communication,” summarizes coeditor
and contributor Carstarphen (Texas
Woman’s University), a professor at University of Okla-
homa’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Com-
munication. Sample topics: depictions in newspapers,
Life magazine, TV, and film; sports team mascots; and
the Native American Journalists Association.
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African American Students
in Urban Schools
Edited by James L. Moore III and Chance W. Lewis
328 pp. Peter Lang Publishing (May 2012).
$159.95 hardcover; 39.95 paperback.
“This volume,” subtitled Critical Issues
and Solutions for Achievement, “is a tremendous resource for all of us who care about
the educational futures of our children,”
declares Mary Lynne Calhoun, dean of
the College of Education at University
of North Carolina at Charlotte. Contributors, including coeditor Moore, an associate provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at
The Ohio State University, his Phi Kappa Phi chapter,
assess “teacher education, school counseling, school psychology, gifted education, career and technical education, higher
education, and more,” according to the press materials.