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  1. [+]
    Ambitious Research (Review)
    A Literary History of the American People, by Charles Angoff
    1. A Literary History of the American People by Charles Angoff
    The Forum, June 1931
  2. America in Perspective (1947)
    The United States Through Foreign Eyes
    7 Reviews, 2 Readable
  3. America in the Age of No Confidence
    The Saturday Review, August 10, 1974, pp. 15-21
  4. America: The Story of a Free People (1942)
    4 Reviews, 1 Readable
  5. The American Destiny (1975)
  6. [+]
    American History (Review)
    The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Ralph L. Rusk and Ralph Waldo Emerson
    1. The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph L. Rusk and Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The American Historical Review, July 1940, pp. 914-916
  7. [+]
    American History (2 Reviews)
    Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Modest Man, by Edward Mather
    1. Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Modest Man by Edward Mather
    2. Hawthorne as Editor by Arlin Turner and Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The American Historical Review, January 1942, pp. 357-358
  8. [+]
    American History (Review)
    Travels in the Confederate States, by E. Merton Coulter
    1. Travels in the Confederate States by E. Merton Coulter
    The American Historical Review, July 1950, pp. 935-936
  9. The American Mind (1950)
    An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880's
    11 Reviews, 3 Readable
  10. The American Political Party
    The American Scholar, Summer 1950, pp. 309-316
  11. The American Tradition
    A great American historian introduces Collier's new series of articles
    Collier's Weekly, April 27, 1956, p. 21
  12. America's Heritage of Bigness
    The Saturday Review, July 4, 1970, pp. 10-12
  13. [+]
    America's Not So Dubious Battle (Review)
    Fire in the Ashes, by Theodore H. White
    1. Fire in the Ashes by Theodore H. White
    The Reporter, November 24, 1953, pp. 42-47
  14. America's Robert E. Lee (1951)
    1 Review, 1 Readable
  15. The Blue and the Gray (1950)
    The Story of the Civil War as Told by Participants
    5 Reviews, 1 Readable
  16. Can We Control the War in Vietnam?
    The Saturday Review, September 17, 1966, pp. 25-27
  17. Can We Limit Presidential Power?
    The New Republic, April 6, 1968, pp. 15-18
  18. The Case for Amnesty
    The New York Review of Books, April 6, 1972, pp. 23-24
  19. Books and the Arts
    Children's Books Yesterday and Today
    The Nation, May 21, 1949, p. 586
  20. Choosing Supreme Court Judges
    The New Republic, May 2, 1970, pp. 13-16
  21. [+]
    Clear All Wires! (Review)
    Revolution, 1776, by John Hyde Preston
    1. Revolution, 1776 by John Hyde Preston
    The New Republic, May 10, 1933, p. 371
  22. [+]
    Comedy of Treason (Review)
    Divided Loyalties, by Lewis Einstein
    1. Divided Loyalties by Lewis Einstein
    The New Republic, November 29, 1933, p. 78
  23. Commager on Tocqueville (1993)
    2 Reviews, 1 Readable
  24. [+]
    Common Sense (Review)
    In a Time of Torment, 1961-1967, by I.F. Stone
    1. In a Time of Torment, 1961-1967 by I.F. Stone
    The New York Review of Books, December 5, 1968, p. 3
  25. [+]
    The Compleat Pioneer (Review)
    Forty-Niners, by Archer Butler Hulbert
    1. Forty-Niners by Archer Butler Hulbert
    The New Republic, December 30, 1931, p. 194
  26. [+]
    The Courage and Common Sense of Elmer Davis (Review)
    But We Were Born Free, by Elmer H. Davis
    1. But We Were Born Free by Elmer H. Davis
    The Reporter, April 13, 1954, pp. 44-45
  27. [+]
    Dangerous Myths in American Diplomacy (Review)
    The Limits of Foreign Policy, by Charles Burton Marshall
    1. The Limits of Foreign Policy by Charles Burton Marshall
    The Reporter, September 23, 1954, p. 54
  28. The Defeat of America (1975)
    Presidential Power and National Character
    1 Review
  29. [+]
    The Defeat of America (Review)
    Roots of War, by Richard J. Barnet
    1. Roots of War by Richard J. Barnet
    The New York Review of Books, October 5, 1972, pp. 7-12
  30. Documents of American History (1934)
    2 Reviews
  31. Don't Believe Anything you Read!
    The Nation, April 20, 1946, pp. 463-464
  32. [+]
    The Economics of Appomattox (Review)
    King Cotton Diplomacy, by Frank Lawrence Owsley
    1. King Cotton Diplomacy by Frank Lawrence Owsley
    The New Republic, September 23, 1931, p. 158
  33. Editorial
    The American Scholar, Summer 1943, pp. 261-262
  34. Education in a Free Society (1960)
    1 Review, 1 Readable
  35. The Empire of Reason (1977)
    How Europe Imagined and America Realized the Enlightenment
    6 Reviews, 1 Readable
  36. English Traits
    The Atlantic Monthly, August 1948, pp. 61-65
  37. [+]
    Federalist history (Review)
    John Marshall in Diplomacy and in Law, by Lord Craigmyle
    1. John Marshall in Diplomacy and in Law by Lord Craigmyle
    The Saturday Review, May 13, 1933, p. 590
  38. Fifty Basic Civil War Documents (1965)
  39. [+]
    The Fight for Fur (Review)
    The Forbidden Ground, by Neil H. Swanson
    1. The Forbidden Ground by Neil H. Swanson
    The Saturday Review, June 11, 1938, p. 13
  40. The First Book of American History (1957)
    1 Review
  41. Foreign Study---Perils and Possibilities
    On the Evils of a Foreign Education
    The Saturday Review, February 18, 1967, pp. 83-84
  42. Freedom and Order (1966)
    A Commentary on the American Political Scene
    2 Reviews, 1 Readable
  43. Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent (1954)
    6 Reviews, 1 Readable
  44. The Library
    [+]
    The German Problem (2 Reviews)
    Germany Is Our Problem, by Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
    1. Germany Is Our Problem by Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
    2. The German Talks Back by Heinrich Hauser
    The American Mercury, December 1945, pp. 753-757
  45. The Great Declaration (1958)
    1 Review, 1 Readable
  46. The Great Proclamation (1960)
  47. The Growth of the American Republic (1930)
    9 Reviews, 4 Readable
  48. Has the Small College a Future?
    The Saturday Review, February 21, 1970, pp. 62-65
  49. [+]
    Here Is Heresy (Review)
    The Secession of the Southern States, by Gerald W. Johnson
    1. The Secession of the Southern States by Gerald W. Johnson
    The Saturday Review, January 20, 1934, p. 426
  50. The Heritage of America (1939)
    8 Reviews, 3 Readable
  51. [+]
    His Eye on the Eagle (Review)
    The Priceless Gift, by Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, Woodrow Wilson, and Ellen Axson Wilson, ...
    1. The Priceless Gift by Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, Woodrow Wilson, and Ellen Axson Wilson, ...
    The Saturday Review, January 19, 1963, pp. 35-36
  52. A Historian Looks at Our Political Morality
    The Saturday Review, July 10, 1965, pp. 16-18
  53. [+]
    A Historian of the Colonial Mind (Review)
    The Life of Moses Coit Tyler, by Howard Mumford Jones and Thomas Edgar Casady
    1. The Life of Moses Coit Tyler by Howard Mumford Jones and Thomas Edgar Casady
    The Saturday Review, July 8, 1933, p. 689
  54. [+]
    How It All Looked to Mr. Truman (Review)
    The Year of Decisions, by Harry S. Truman
    1. The Year of Decisions by Harry S. Truman
    The Reporter, December 1, 1955, pp. 42-45
  55. [+]
    If Only We Wouldn't Talk So Much! (Review)
    The Price of Power, by Herbert Agar
    1. The Price of Power by Herbert Agar
    The Reporter, August 8, 1957, pp. 52-53
  56. Immigration and American History (1961)
    Essays in Honor of Theodore C. Blegen
    1 Review
  57. [+]
    The Imponderables of History (2 Reviews)
    The Revolutionary Spirit in France and America, by Bernard Fay
    1. The Revolutionary Spirit in France and America by Bernard Fay
    2. America and French Culture, 1750-1848 by Howard Mumford Jones
    The New Republic, May 9, 1928, p. 355
  58. 'Intelligence'
    The Constitution Betrayed
    The New York Review of Books, September 30, 1976, pp. 32-37
  59. America and Britain
    Introduction
    The Saturday Review, October 13, 1951, p. 11
  60. Is Freedom an Academic Question?
    The Saturday Review, June 20, 1964, pp. 54-56
  61. Is Freedom Really Necessary?
    The Saturday Review, February 21, 1953, pp. 11-12
  62. Is Ivy Necessary?
    The Saturday Review, September 17, 1960, pp. 69-70
  63. Jane Addams: 1860-1960
    The Saturday Review, December 24, 1960, pp. 26-27
  64. Jefferson, Nationalism, and the Enlightenment (1974)
    2 Reviews
  65. The Land and the People
    The English Character: An Interpretation
    The Saturday Review, October 13, 1951, pp. 20-21
  66. The Library
    [+]
    Large States Versus Small (2 Reviews)
    U.S. War Aims, by Walter Lippmann
    1. U.S. War Aims by Walter Lippmann
    2. The Time for Decision by Sumner Welles
    The American Mercury, October 1944, pp. 495-499
  67. Letters
    The New York Review of Books, June 15, 1972, p. 36
  68. [+]
    The Lively History of the Fur Trade (Review)
    Beaver, Kings and Cabins, by Constance Lindsay Skinner
    1. Beaver, Kings and Cabins by Constance Lindsay Skinner
    The Saturday Review, September 30, 1933, p. 143
  69. Living Ideas in America (1951)
    2 Reviews, 1 Readable
  70. [+]
    Louis Bromfield Looks Backward (Review)
    The Farm, by Louis Bromfield
    1. The Farm by Louis Bromfield
    The Saturday Review, August 19, 1933, p. 49
  71. Majority Rule and Minority Rights (1943)
    A Study in Jeffersonian Democracy and Judiciary Review
    3 Reviews, 1 Readable
  72. [+]
    Maker of History, Writer of History (Review)
    Triumph and Tragedy, by Winston S. Churchill
    1. Triumph and Tragedy by Winston S. Churchill
    The Reporter, January 19, 1954, pp. 34-37
  73. McGuffey and His Readers
    The Saturday Review, June 16, 1962, pp. 50-51
  74. The Misuse of Poewr
    The New Republic, April 17, 1971, pp. 17-20
  75. [+]
    Monopolies of the Mind (Review)
    The First Freedom, by Morris L. Ernst
    1. The First Freedom by Morris L. Ernst
    The Nation, June 15, 1946, pp. 723-724
  76. A Nation of Travelers
    An Editorial
    The Saturday Review, January 11, 1958, p. 24
  77. The Library
    [+]
    The Negro in Our Democracy (2 Reviews)
    An American Dilemma, by Gunnar Myrdal, Richard Sterner, and Arnold Rose
    1. An American Dilemma by Gunnar Myrdal, Richard Sterner, and Arnold Rose
    2. Black Boy by Richard A. Wright
    The American Mercury, June 1945, pp. 751-756
  78. [+]
    New England and Middle Colonies and States (Review)
    Louisa May Alcott, by Katharine S. Anthony
    1. Louisa May Alcott by Katharine S. Anthony
    The American Historical Review, July 1939, pp. 1006-1007
  79. The Nineteenth-Century American
    The Atlantic Monthly, December 1946, pp. 71-77
  80. Noah Webster 1758-1958
    The Saturday Review, October 18, 1958, pp. 10-12
  81. On the Way to 1984
    The Saturday Review, April 15, 1967, pp. 68-69
  82. One Hundred Years of Famous Pages from the New ... (1950)
    1 Review, 1 Readable
  83. [+]
    The Open Mind and the Closed Border (Review)
    The Migration of Ideas, by Gilbert Highet
    1. The Migration of Ideas by Gilbert Highet
    The Reporter, July 6, 1954, p. 38
  84. Our Day and Generation: The Words of Edward M. ... (1979)
    1 Review
  85. The Perilous Delusion of Security
    The Reporter, November 3, 1955, pp. 32-35
  86. The Perilous Folly of Senator Bricker
    The Reporter, October 13, 1953, pp. 12-17
  87. [+]
    The Presidency After Watergate (2 Reviews)
    Who Makes War, by Jacob K. Javits and Don Kellermann
    1. Who Makes War by Jacob K. Javits and Don Kellermann
    2. The Living Presidency by Emmet John Hughes
    The New York Review of Books, October 18, 1973, pp. 49-52
  88. [+]
    Reconstruction Reconstructed (Review)
    South Carolina During Reconstruction, by Francis Butler Simkins and Robert Hilliard Woo...
    1. South Carolina During Reconstruction by Francis Butler Simkins and Robert Hilliard Woody, ...
    The New Republic, July 27, 1932, p. 295
  89. [+]
    A Reed Shaken by the Wind (Review)
    Hans Christian Andersen, by Hans Christian Andersen
    1. Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen
    The New Republic, June 15, 1927, p. 105
  90. Reports and Comment
    Foreign Policy: Outmoded Assumptions
    The Atlantic Monthly, March 1982, pp. 12-21
  91. The Republican Dilemma
    The Reporter, October 14, 1952, pp. 6-8
  92. Responsibility of American Nationalism
    Foreign Policy Report, January 1, 1958, pp. 57-58
  93. The Roots of Lawlessness
    The Saturday Review, February 13, 1971, pp. 17-19
  94. The School as Surrogate Conscience
    The Saturday Review, January 11, 1975, pp. 54-57
  95. The Second St. Nicholas Anthology (1950)
    2 Reviews, 1 Readable
  96. Selected Writings of William Dean Howells (1950)
    3 Reviews, 1 Readable
  97. [+]
    The Shame of the Republic (3 Reviews)
    The Politics of Lying, by David Wise
    1. The Politics of Lying by David Wise
    2. The Crippled Giant by J. William Fulbright
    3. Political Prisoners in America by Charles E. Goodell
    The New York Review of Books, July 19, 1973, pp. 10-14
  98. [+]
    "She Conquered a Crown" (Review)
    Crusader in Crinoline, by R. Forrest Wilson
    1. Crusader in Crinoline by R. Forrest Wilson
    The Saturday Review, March 15, 1941, p. 6
  99. A Short History of the United States (1945)
    3 Reviews, 1 Readable
  100. Should Historians Write Contemporary History?
    The Saturday Review, February 12, 1966, pp. 18-20
  101. Should UN Expel Aggressors?
    Foreign Policy Report, December 15, 1956, pp. 49-50
  102. The Spirit of 'Seventy-Six (1958)
    The Story of the American Revolution as Told by Participants
    3 Reviews, 1 Readable
  103. The St. Nicholas Anthology (1948)
    3 Reviews, 2 Readable
  104. [+]
    State Planning and Freedom (Review)
    The Road to reaction, by Herman Finer
    1. The Road to reaction by Herman Finer
    The American Mercury, January 1946, pp. 113-116
  105. [+]
    States' Rights and Senator Neuberger (Review)
    Adventures in Politics, by Richard L. Neuberger
    1. Adventures in Politics by Richard L. Neuberger
    The Reporter, December 2, 1954, pp. 42-43
  106. The Story of the Second World War (1945)
    5 Reviews, 2 Readable
  107. Telling the Story of the Revolution
    The Saturday Review, December 27, 1958, pp. 9-10
  108. [+]
    The Terror of the Damyankees (Review)
    Bedford Forrest, and His Critter Company, by Andrew Nelson Lytle
    1. Bedford Forrest, and His Critter Company by Andrew Nelson Lytle
    The New Republic, July 22, 1931, p. 266
  109. Theodore Parker, Intellectual Gourmand
    The American Scholar, Summer 1934, pp. 257-265
  110. Theodore Parker: Yankee Crusader (1936)
    7 Reviews, 4 Readable
  111. Tocqueville' Mistake
    Centralization and a strong national government have extended, not curtailed, our liber...
    The Harpers Monthly, August 1984, pp. 70-76
  112. Tom Paine Talks Back to Providence
    The Saturday Review, December 24, 1955, pp. 5-7
  113. [+]
    Transition (Review)
    The Rise of the City, 1878-1898, by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
    1. The Rise of the City, 1878-1898 by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
    The New Republic, July 5, 1933, p. 215
  114. Twelve Years of Roosevelt
    The American Mercury, April 1945, pp. 391-401
  115. [+]
    United States History: General (Review)
    Makers of Christianity, Vol. III, by William Warren Sweet
    1. Makers of Christianity, Vol. III by William Warren Sweet
    The American Historical Review, April 1939, p. 722
  116. The University as Employment Agency
    The New Republic, February 24, 1968, pp. 23-26
  117. Victims of Success
    The Saturday Review, May 3, 1958, pp. 12-14
  118. Vietnam: A Debate
    The Problem of Dissent
    The Saturday Review, December 18, 1965, pp. 21-23
  119. [+]
    Washington via Case Studies (Review)
    Washington and the Revolution: A Reappraisal, by Bernhard Knollenberg
    1. Washington and the Revolution: A Reappraisal by Bernhard Knollenberg
    The Saturday Review, December 21, 1940, p. 5
  120. Articles
    Washington Witch-hunt
    The Nation, April 5, 1947, p. 385
  121. Wayfaring Scholars
    The Saturday Review, February 18, 1961, pp. 56-57
  122. What Are We Waiting For?
    The New Republic, July 6, 1968, pp. 17-18
  123. What Do We Mean by Academic Freedom?
    The Nature of Academic Freedom
    The Saturday Review, August 27, 1966, pp. 13-15
  124. What Liberty Means to Robert A. Taft
    The Reporter, July 22, 1952, pp. 11-13
  125. What U.S. Must Do to Implement Current Policy
    Foreign Policy Report, January 26, 1951, p. 1
  126. When Majors Wrote for Minors
    The Saturday Review, May 10, 1952, pp. 10-11
  127. Where Are We Headed?
    The Atlantic Monthly, February 1946, pp. 54-58
  128. Who Is Loyal to America?
    The Harpers Monthly, September 1947, pp. 193-198
  129. Why Are We Mad at Teacher?
    The Reporter, October 21, 1954, pp. 39-40
  130. [+]
    Why Call It Liberalism? (Review)
    Liberalism in the South, by Virginius Dabney
    1. Liberalism in the South by Virginius Dabney
    The New Republic, April 5, 1933, p. 221
  131. [+]
    Wild Bill Hickok (Review)
    Wild Bill and His Era, by William Elsey Connelley
    1. Wild Bill and His Era by William Elsey Connelley
    The Saturday Review, July 22, 1933, p. 3
  132. Winston Churchill
    An Appreciation
    The American Mercury, August 1945, pp. 135-146
  133. 1918-1968: Is the World Safer for Anything?
    The Saturday Review, November 9, 1968, pp. 21-24
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