History Buzz September 14 & 21, 2009: Dan Brown “The Last Symbol” and the Founders




  • Rosh Hashana, Circa 1919: Mrs. Shapiro is actually Barbara Ann Paster, one of the actors here at the Strawbery Banke restoration, a living museum in which over 350 years of Portsmouth homes, stores, churches and history have been preserved. It is in Puddle Dock, which was a decrepit neighborhood destined to be razed under urban renewal until a campaign in the 1950s and ’60s led by the town librarian saved 42 houses on 10 acres to create the museum…. – NYT, 9-17-09
  • Dan Brown: Da Vinci author’s ‘uproar’ warning: The Lost Symbol is expected to make claims about the influence of secret organisation the freemasons on US leaders. And it is tipped to brand first President George Washington a TRAITOR.
    British historian and Masonic expert Ashley Cowie: “Dan Brown is about to make a huge controversy because he knows it sells. He’s going to create uproar in America. But it’s fiction, not fact.”
    But fellow historian David Shugarts said: “It’s true that some of the founding fathers were powerful Masons.”… – The Sun (9-15-09)
  • The Economic Freeze on History: More than two-thirds of history departments are experiencing budget cuts that have “required real reductions in resources, faculty and staff,” according to a survey released Friday by the American Historical Association…. – Inside Higher Ed (9-14-09)
  • Historian Rebecca Solnit talks about how 9-11 should be remembered – Free Speech Radio News (9-11-09)





  • Morris Dickstein: When Grave Years Fueled Grand Art DANCING IN THE DARK A Cultural History of the Great Depression NYT, 9-16-09
  • Nicholas Thompson: Friends, Not Allies THE HAWK AND THE DOVE Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War – NYT, 9-13-09
  • Norman Podhoretz: Because They Believe WHY ARE JEWS LIBERALS? NYT, 9-13-09
  • Alan Simons examines how Republic of Turkey saved Jewish lives Shoah: Turkey, the US and the UK Jewish Info News (9-2-09)
  • Philip Smallwood: The Life of R. G. Collingwood Times Higher Education (UK), (9-3-09)


  • Nicholas Thompson’s trump card in writing about Nitze and Kennan – NYT (9-11-09)


  • John Hafnor: Historian Predicts Dan Brown Theme, Reveals New Lost Symbols: “The Da Vinci Code’s overarching premise was an Old World clash of religion and science, while the fresh theme for The Lost Symbol is likely to be a uniquely American power struggle between secret societies and the experiment known as democracy.” – USPRWire (9-10-09)


  • Anthony J. Badger: British historian says FDR has some complex lessons for Obama: Badger is a University of Cambridge historian and the author of several accessible and well-reviewed books about the South and the Depression, among them “North Carolina and the New Deal,” “FDR: The First Hundred Days” and “The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940.” Given the current economic situation, it seems especially appropriate that the University of South Alabama’s Department of History has selected Badger as this year’s N. Jack Stallworth lecturer (his topic: “The New Deal and the Creation of the Modern American South”)…. – al.com (9-14-09)
  • Peter Bance Sikh author short listed for historian award: A renowned Sikh author has been short listed for the annual EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards, for his book on Maharajah Duleep Singh… – The Sikh Times (9-14-09)


  • Mark Updegrove: Presidential historian appointed to direct LBJ Library: The LBJ Library and Museum announced the appointment of presidential historian Mark Updegrove to director Wednesday…. – News 8 Austin (9-17-09)
  • Best political communication book of the decade is … Campaign Talk: Why Elections are Good for Us by Roderick Hart was named the best political communication book of the last decade by the American Political Science Association. – Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire (9-12-09)
  • Dr. Takashi Yoshida: Associate Professor of History honored as emerging faculty scholar by Western Michigan University – WMU News (9-9-09)


  • Richard Norton Smith, Presidential Historian: The Clinton School invited Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith to come speak on “Lincoln 200”. It has been 200 years since Abraham Lincoln was born…. – TodaysTHV.com, 9-16-09


  • Inaugural Semester-long seminar on Constitutional History offered at N-Y Historical Society this fall: Lincoln’s Constitution will be taught at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The seminar will be held on September 17 and 24 and on October 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. NYHS Press Release (7-20-09)


  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity – Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Beyond The Da Vinci Code” – Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Angels & Demons Decoded” – Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Holy Grail in America” – Sunday, September 19, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Templar Code ” – Monday, September 20, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Stalin’s Secret Lair” – Monday, September 20, 2009 at 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: 09 – Freemason Underground” – Monday, September 20, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secrets of the Founding Fathers” – Monday, September 20, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Dark Age” – Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus Effect” Marathon – Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 2-5pm ET/PT


    NYT Non-Fiction Best Sellers List – September 20, 2009

  • #1 – Michelle Malkin: CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
  • #12 – Peter S. Canellos: LAST LION
  • #15 – J. Randy Taraborrelli: THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE
  • #20 – C. David Heymann: BOBBY AND JACKIE
  • #21 – Douglas Brinkley: THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR
  • #29 – Edward Klein: TED KENNEDY


  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009
  • Dean C. Jessee (Editor): The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, September 2009
  • James Patterson: The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller, September 28, 2009
  • Timothy Egan: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, October 19, 2009
  • Gil Troy, Vincent J. Cannato, eds.: Living in the Eighties, October 23, 2009
  • L. Fletcher Prouty: JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, (Paperback), November 1, 2009
  • Edward Kritzler: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge, (Paperback), November 3, 2009
  • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009


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