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Ten random things: April 23

Ten books I currently have checked out from the library:

  1. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
  2. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
  3. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
  4. Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites and Monuments Get Wrong by James W. Loewen
  5. One for the Road: Hitchhiking Through the Australian Outback by Tony Horwitz
  6. Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator by Craig Yoe
  7. The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs
  8. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry
  9. Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever
  10. The State of Jones: The Small Southern County That Seceded From the Confederacy by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer

Somehow I ended up with five works of 19th century American history at once (nos. 2, 3, 8, and 10, plus Charles Sumner and the Coming Civil War by David Donald, which I just returned to the library earlier tonight. They're all cover slightly different eras—well, except for What Hath God Wrought, which is a general overview of the period during which the Jackson and Polk biographies take place. Still, my the time I'm done with all these I may have to set the 19th century aside for a few months.

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