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As the Trump adminstration takes us into new terrain at a breathless pace—challenging our ideas about how a president should exercise his powers, or even our notions of simple decorum—many are looking at other world leaders, both past and present, to gain perspective. In a thought-provoking interview with WNYC's On the Media, John Patrick Leary says that many of these comparisons rely on dangerous cultural stereotypes

Pollsters and election analysts will tell you that Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton was partly due to his capturing the evangelical vote. The impact of organized religion extends past the voting booth, however, influencing policy on both the state and federal levels. One might think this dynamic is a relatively recent phenomenon, but politicians have courted, and listened to, clergy and faith-based voters since the earliest days of the nation. Historian Spencer McBride takes a fascinating look at this political relationship in his new book, Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and Politics of Revolutionary America.

Chip Sullivan’s Cartooning the Landscape brings the comic strip and the study of our landscape together in one dazzling book. A professor of landscape architecture at UC Berkeley, Sullivan stresses artistic rendering as a path to understanding our landscapes. This encompasses fine art but also the uniquely flexible medium of the comic strip. On top of his strikingly original visual approach, Sullivan is a spellbinding storyteller, offering tales ranging from a reimagining of Hadrian’s Elysian Fields to an inside look at the creation of the model landscapes of King Kong. We had plenty of questions after reading Chip’s book, and he was kind enough to provide some answers in the following interview.

In honor of Black History Month, the UVA Press is offering a 20% discount on titles in African American Studies. From Frederick Douglass to Toni Morrison, from the early efforts of the NAACP and barrier-breaking college students to community building in modern-day Richmond and the first African American president, this selection of titles offers a glimpse into an incomparably rich history. Through the end of February, you will receive 20% off these books by using the promotional code 10AAS20 when you order online.

As the New York Times has just pointed out, the late Richard Rorty wrote in 1998 about a increasingly disenchanted American working class ultimately turning to a strongman. That strongman, some now believe, is embodied by Trump. We asked Michael Bérubéwho studied with Rorty and wrote the introduction to a brand new book of Rorty lectures, Philosophy as Poetryfor his thoughts on the great philosopher's political prescience.

An utterly unique talent, Chip Sullivan has shared his vast knowledge of the landscape through his numerous courses at Berkeley, where his lectures are enormously popular, as well as a medium some would not expect: the cartoon strip. His new book, Cartooning the Landscape, collects countless panels from the celebrated comic strip he published for years in Landscape Architecture magazine and adds many more. 

 "A presidential election in the United States may be looked upon as a time of national crisis. . . . A fever grips the entire nation." Is this a comment on Hillz vs. the Donald? No, it's Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the most prescient minds in history, writing in the 1830s about American elections. What would he think about the 2016 election? We asked Olivier Zunz, editor of a new edition of Tocqueville's Recollections, for his thoughts on Tocqueville’s persistent relevance in the political discussion.

Published to coincide with the National Park Service's 100th anniverary—being celebrated this week—National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape looks at the history of the parks' vast network of roads. Authored by NPS historian Tim Davis, the book reveals how roads have been the crucial element not only in creating iconic views but the access for millions of people to enjoy the parks. Davis agreed to answer a few questions about his book and the fascinating story it tells.

In his latest book Charles Dew provides an unfiltered view of the ruthlessly segregated world in which he grew up and how he escaped it. The Making of a Racist shows, from the inside, how a culture of racism is passed on from one generation to the next, contaminating even the lives of otherwise decent people—people who in some regards might remind us of our own families. Dew recently discussed his book on the Diane Rehm Show.

Published in association with the Society of Architectural Historians, the celebrated Buildings of the United States series (BUS) has been covering the history of the built world in America, state by state. The latest title to emerge from this collaboration, however, looks at a single city in depth. Buildings of Savannah is the first volume in the SAH/BUS City Guide series. We caught up with lead author, Robin B. Williams, to ask a few questions about the book.

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