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Many years in the making, Buildings of Wisconsin is the latest volume in the celebrated Buildings of the United States series. The book draws on the expertise of more than twenty contributors, and nowhere is its collaborative spirit more apparent than in the volume introduction—fourteen essays written by a who's who of the state's eminent historians. The brief excerpts that follow, from four of these introductory essays, offer a sampling of the book's content, from the vernacular to the spectacular.
Trump and the Easy Analogy
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
The Religious Vote: An American Tradition
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.
The Art of the Landscape
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.
Celebrate Black History Month
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.
NEW SERIES: American Spirituality
Announcing a new series:
Series Editors: Matthew S. Hedstrom & Leigh Eric Schmidt
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 Bérubé—who studied with Rorty and wrote the introduction to a brand new book of Rorty lectures, Philosophy as Poetry—for his thoughts on the great philosopher's political prescience.
WATCH: New Trailer for Cartooning the Landscape
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 War of the Chamber Pots"
"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.
UVA Press Wins Three Awards from the APSA
The University of Virginia Press was well represented among this year's winners of book awards from the American Political Science Association. Congratulations to the authors and series editors!