Great Gifts for History Lovers 2017

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While Kurt Andersen is not an historian, he has written book an exhaustively researched book explaining why Americans repeatedly get hoodwinked by conspiracy theories. He argues that fantasy is embedded deeply into our national character. Throughout our history, the United States has been a country of conmen, hucksters and hustlers. While Americans like to think of ourselves as the inheritors of the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, we probably have more in common with the hustler who conned them out of their horse.
<i>[ American Girls in Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream]</i> by Julia Mickenberg (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
<i>American Girls </i> explores the history of the American women who went to Russia looking for adventure, freedom, revolution, work and a new life. After they moved to Russia they found challenges and hardships. Many were disturbed by both the conditions of the country and the treatment of people by the new government. <i>American Girls in Russia</i> explores the stories of these women and provides a glimpse into both their lives and the conditions in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30s. Check out our interview with [[American Girls in Red Russia: Interview with Julia Mickenberg|Julia Mickenberg]].
<i>[ The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition]</i> by Manisha Sinha (Yale University Press, 2017)