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Bill Kauffman’s Look Homeward, America is due in May from ISI Books.

  • War From a Cabbage Patch

    By Bill Kauffman | May 10, 2018
    You know you are not in for a Doris Kearns Goodwin/David McCullough hagiography when a biographer uses as an epigraph a character assessment by the thuggish Marilyn-mauling (Joe) McCarthyite RFK. (Isn’t the three-letter monogram usually a tip-off to a sinister force?)
  • Cherished Void

    By Bill Kauffman | January 17, 2018
    Gene Roddenberry was a hustling ex-cop who wanted to strike it rich in television, and he did, with a series called Star Trek, which he once described (before his slide into self-mythicizing and lucrative licensing deals) as "Wagon Train To the Stars."
  • New York vs. New York

    By Bill Kauffman | December 14, 2017
    Plunkitt lived in the days before garbage scows, Tawana Brawley, Nelson Rockefeller, radioactive waste, and the decimation of local government. In the Upstate-Downstate marriage, Plunkitt's was the Era of Good Feelings.
  • Up, Up, and Away

    By Bill Kauffman | July 19, 2017
    Howard E. McCurdy, a political scientist fascinated by "the relationship between imagination and public policy," has written a lively account of the "concerted effort by writers of popular science and science fiction, along with other opinion leaders, to prepare the public for what they hoped would be the inevitable conquest of space."
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