- Reviewed Elsewhere
Contributing reviewers Nell Altizer, Alana Bell, Judith Lütge Coullie, and Lars Fischer provided the excerpts for this issue.Publications reviewed include Aerodrome, Africa Today, American Catholic Studies, American Indian Quarterly, American Jewish History, The Americas, Arbitrium, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Callaloo, Canadian Historical Review, Catholic Historical Review, Cold War History, Conradiana, (KwaZulu-Natal) Daily News, Dance Research Journal, Economic History Review, Emily Dickinson Journal, English Historical Review, European Legacy, Film & History, French Studies, German History, German Studies Review, (Toronto) Globe and Mail, H-Disability, Henry James Review, Histoire sociale/Social history, Historian, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Historische Zeitschrift, H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews, Holocaust and Genocide, Studies, H-SHGAPE, H-Soz-u-Kult, Isis, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Classical Sociology, Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of European Studies, Journal of Modern History, Journal of Religious History, Journal of Sport History, Journal of the Civil War Era, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Lion and the Unicorn, Mail and Guardian, MLN, Monatshefte, Music and Letters, The New Yorker, New York Review of Books (NYRB), New York Times Book Review (NYTBR), Race & Class, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, sehepunkte, Sewanee Review, Slavery & Abolition, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Theatre Topics, Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorian Review, Victorian Studies, The Witness, and Women’s Writing.
Baseball’s Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander. Dan Austin. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska P, 2013. x + 167 pp. $24.95.
“[Austin] does nothing to dispel any of this folkloric symbolism of baseball’s past . . . [and] further idealizes ‘the good ol’ days’ of baseball. . . . [This] is a biography of Alexander’s extensive career as a professional baseball scout that is based on oral histories the author collected mostly from the title character. The book is simple and moves quickly, reading at times like a memoir, a biography, a compendium of non-fiction baseball short stories, and a coffee table book of popular historical snapshots of American life.”
Chad Carlson. Journal of Sport History 41.1 (2014): 151–52. [End Page 845]
Flirting With French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me and Nearly Broke My Heart. William Alexander. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. 266 pp. $15.95.
“[T]he appeal of ‘Flirting With French’ is not in the breathless descriptions of Paris or the bad puns in the chapter titles (‘A room with a Veau’) but in the author’s amiable dunderheadedness as he delves into the culture, with all its confounding contradictions.
Jan Benzel. NYTBR, Oct. 5, 2014: 18.
The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Kai Bird. New York: Crown, 2014. 430 pp. $26.00.
“Bird, the son of a Foreign Service officer who as a child was Ames’s neighbor in Dharan, has made a career writing impressively about American diplomatic history. . . . But a biographer’s skills are tested when the material is thin, as seems to be the case with Ames’s early life in a working-class section of Philadelphia, which Bird sketches with generalities and clichés. . . But the book quickly becomes a rich, nuanced portrait of a man who, in the C.I.A.’s term, had ‘a high tolerance for ambiguity.’ It is this trait that led Ames to develop a deep relationship—even a friendship—with Ali Hassan Salameh, the P.L.O.’s jet-setting, womanizing intelligence chief. . . . That relationship forms the narrative spine of much of the book, and Bird’s patient, detailed exposition of how the two men came to rely on each other is one of the best accounts we have of how espionage really works.”
Mark Mazzetti. NYTBR, July 27, 2014: 1, 16.
Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness. Paul Binding. New Haven: Yale UP, 2014. 496 pp. $40.00.
Andersen’s “noble, simple heroes and heroines struck a chord with readers living in a Europe of falling empires, technological advances, and religious upheaval. Binding doesn’t overemphasize this context, instead building a satisfyingly interior portrait around close readings of Andersen’s immense body of...