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Here come the Patent Trolls

Hot off the press (almost) from another of our former ICJS fellows, Jeff Matsuura, is Jefferson vs.

Poetic Debt

I have a new book in my sights - Robert Wright's One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe (McGraw-Hill, 2008).   One of our house interpreters discovered Wright's work a few years ago and ever since it's been an ongoing quest to acquire everything Robert Wright ever wrote.  Said interpreter's glowing opinion is seconded by the reviewer of this newest book for the Journal of American History: "If I could write like Wright, I would be thrilled.  Some passages in the book are stunning - almost poetic."  (Remember, this is a book about debt we're

Thomas Barclay Gets His Due

Recently arrived as a very kind gift from two former fellows:

Beautiful Book

It's not quite brand new, but a number of our staff were positively googly-eyed over this book, so I thought it worth mentioning: A Pattern Book of Tools and Household Goods, published by the Early American Industries Association in cooperation with the

Grand Avenues

Grand Avenue by Scott Berg Looking at Washington D.C. today it is hard to imagine it during Jefferson's time.

Jefferson's Ranking As President

The Leaders We Deserve In his new book, The Leaders We Deserve (and a few we didn't), Alvin Felzenberg does not create one master presidential ranking, but creates certain categories and ranks each president in those categories. So, how did Jefferson do?

Was it love?

Annette Gordon-Reed discusses a tricky question in the latest American Heritage magazine (vol. 58 no. 5, Fall 2008): "Did Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson Love Each Other?  A Historian Tackles One of American History's Thorniest Questions".  Don't worry, I won't give away the ending, but Gordon-Reed brings up some intriguing facts and makes some thought-provoking observations.

Ultimate Latrobe

I've just received a Very Large Book:  The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, by Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A.

Hail to the Chew

Our very own Elizabeth V. Chew has an article published in the new book Structures and Subjectivities: Attending to Early Modern Women (ed. Joan E. Hartman and Adele Seeff, University of Delaware Press, 2007).

New Book Coming Out

A new book will be published by the author of Measuring America:Andro Linklater (June 2007) entitled the Fabric of America.  He describes the importance of order by boundaries that helped make America grow.  Settlers wanted government involved to create laws, especially enforce land claims.  It basically reverses Turner's frontier thesis.  In this new book, his main topic is And