Category Archives: Books Publishing and Writing

Book Notes: “The Whig Interpretation of History”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: This short essay — which can be easily read in a weekend or even a single sitting — is a useful rejoinder to the idea that there exists a “right side of history.” Butterfield, a Cambridge don, takes … Continue reading

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Notes on “The True History of the American Revolution”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: If, like me, you’ve always had a hard time squaring the narrative of the American Revolution with the requirements of common sense, you might get something out of Sydney George Fisher’s “The True History of the … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: The Most Useless and Unproductive of All Forms of Reflection

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It is the natural result of the whig historian’s habits of mind and his attitude to history — though it is not a necessary consequence of his actual method — that he should be interested in the promulgation … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: Usage Which is Reasonable Generates Usage Which is Unreasonable

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The usages which a particular community is found to have adopted in its infancy and in its primitive seats are generally those which are on the whole best suited to promote its physical and moral well-being; and, if … Continue reading

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Book Notes: “A Disease in the Public Mind”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: All of the brouhaha over Confederate statues has rekindled my interest in the Civil War, so I decided to work my way through some of the books that have been cluttering my shelves. The first one is this … Continue reading

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A Bit of a Sea-Dandy

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: As I passed the wake of the steamer, I wheeled in pursuit, fired a blank cartridge, and hauling down the Federal, threw the Confederate flag to the breeze. It was amusing to witness the panic which … Continue reading

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Book Notes: “Vanishing New York”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Jeremiah Moss, sole proprietor of the Vanishing New York blog since 2007, tells the history of the city over the last 20+ years in terms of, what he calls, “hyper-gentrification.” Hyper-gentrification is “gentrification on speed, shot up with … Continue reading

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