Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.
It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.
The pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s went out fashion -- yet never really went away. Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original.
Put down that chocolate and pick up some broccoli! Improve your attitude and you can do anything! Scott McLemee looks into a new book on the critique of self-improvement.
A historian's travels can contribute more to her work than archival sources. Scott McLemee reads Dispatches From Dystopia.
Thorstein Veblen's The Higher Learning in America is back in a new edition. Scott McLemee revisits a scathing classic.
It's compact, direct and mind melting -- and now its story has been told. Scott McLemee meditates on The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography.
The age of print is giving way to the digital age... right? Scott McLemee looks into a scholar’s alternative perspective.
Social hierarchy is a touchy subject. Scott McLemee looks at a sociologist's study of wedding across class lines.
Smoking is cool, sophisticated, sexy and enjoyable. Plus, it can kill you. Scott McLemee looks at a study of how students try to split the difference.