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Publishers’ Weekly Starred Review of Native Nations

A History of Violence, Wall Street Journal, Review of Ned Blackhawk’s The Rediscovery of America (June 30, 2023)

The Not-So-New World, Wall Street Journal, Review of Pekka Hämäläinen’s Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America (September 16, 2022)

Exiled from Paris to a Land of Alligators, Wall Street Journal, Review of Joan DeJean’s Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast (April 15, 2022)

Revolutionary Answers, Wall Street Journal, Review of Joseph Ellis’s The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773-1783 (September 17, 2021)

Returning to the Sources, Wall Street Journal, Review of Tobey Pearl’s Terror to the Wicked (March 12, 2021)

Brothers in Arms, Wall Street Journal, Review of Peter Cozzens’s Tecumseh and the Prophet (October 23, 2020)

Colonial Boston’s Civil War, Wall Street Journal, Review of Serena Zabin’s The Boston Massacre: A Family History (February 28, 2020)

Mary, Mother of George, Wall Street Journal, Review of Martha Saxton’s The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington (June 8, 2019)

The Revolution Out West, Wall Street Journal, Review of Patrick Spero’s Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West (December 18, 2018)

The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen (History Channel, spring 2018)

Filling in Early America’s Blanks, Wall Street Journal, Review of James Horn’s 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy and Joseph Kelly’s Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin (October 25, 2018)

He Opened the Way West, Wall Street Journal, Review of Mary Stockwell’s Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America (May 15, 2018)

Swept Away by the ‘Revolution’, Wall Street Journal, Review of Russell Shorto’s Revolution Song: The Story of America’s Founding in Six Remarkable Lives (November 17, 2017)

The Birth of American Nationalism, Wall Street Journal, Review of Carol Berkin’s A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism (May 31, 2017)

When America Opened Its Doors, Wall Street Journal, Review of A. Roger Ekirch’s American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution (February 17, 2017)

Reframing the American Revolution, Wall Street Journal, Review of Paul Staiti’s Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters’ Eyes and Jane Kamensky’s A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (October 15, 2016)

Commerce and Common Sense, Wall Street Journal, Review of Edward G. Gray’s Tom Paine’s Iron Bridge: Building a United States (2016) (April 22, 2016)

Fact v. Fiction television program (Discovery’s American Heroes Channel, fall 2015)

Time Out (WCOM, October 2015)

Philadelphia Was Far Away, Review of Independence Lost by Mark G. Spencer, Wall Street Journal, August 2015

Review of Independence Lost in The New Yorker, July 2015

Review of Independence Lost by Woody Holton, New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 2015

The Diane Rehm Show (WAMU/NPR, July 2015)

The State of Things (WUNC/NPR, July 2015)

Ozarks at Large (KUAF/NPR, July 2015)

BookTV, C-Span (July 2015)

This Is How Politically Inferior Women Were after the American Revolution,” History News Network Op-Ed, July 26, 2015 (republished on, July 27, 2015)

We Have a President for a Reason,” New York Times Op-Ed, March 13, 2015, p. A25.

The American Revolution documentary (Discovery’s American Heroes Channel, Dec. 2014)

Life, Liberty, and Benign Monarchy?” New York Times Op-Ed, July 3, 2009, p. A21