January 6, 2008 |
AMAZON.COM lists more than 36,000 books on the American Civil War, and my guess is that most of them depict battles and heroes, and describe wartime deaths as noble and tragic. Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering" does something different. It's a shattering history of the war, focusing exclusively on death and dying -- how Americans prepared for death, imagined it, risked it, endured it and worked to understand it. Some 620,000 soldiers died in the Civil War.
March 11, 2009
Book prize: Historian and Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust has won the fourth annual American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War."
February 19, 2009 |
Harvard University will raise undergraduate tuition 3.5%, to $33,696 a year, and reconsider its planned expansion into Boston's Allston neighborhood after record losses to its endowment. Construction of a science complex will slow this year and broader plans for developing the Allston campus are delayed, President Drew Gilpin Faust said in a letter posted on Harvard's website. The Cambridge, Mass., school said in December that its endowment, the richest in education, lost $8 billion, or 22%, in the four months that ended Oct. 31.
March 3, 2009 |
Robert Alter, a UC Berkeley professor and author of 22 works on the Bible, literary modernism and contemporary Hebrew literature, will be the 29th recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award when the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are presented April 24. The Kirsch is a lifetime achievement honor named for a past L.A. Times book critic. The Times Book Prizes honor 45 nominees in nine categories. Here is a complete list: Biography H.W.
October 16, 2008 |
The finalists for the National Book Award in fiction, announced Wednesday at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, offered an interesting mix of newcomers and veterans. Rachel Kushner, a Los Angeles writer, and Salvatore Scibona have both been nominated for their first novels: "Telex From Cuba" and "The End," respectively. Aleksandar Hemon received a 2004 MacArthur "Genius" Grant yet is also a relative newcomer; "The Lazarus Project" is his second novel (he's also published a collection of short fiction)
December 30, 2010
With his signature last week, President Obama ended the military's distasteful policy of "don't ask, don't tell. " In doing away with this discriminatory practice, he also ushered the American armed forces back into the mainstream of American life. One salutary consequence is that some of the nation's most prestigious universities now are willing to host Reserve Officer Training Corps units on their campuses, ending a decades-long standoff between the country's educational elite and its military.