Fewer Bases, More Baseball

My review of Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism is now on-line. And here’s author Bill Kauffman’s review of Ginger Strand’s Inventing Niagara, from Thursday’s Wall Street Journal.


2 thoughts on “Fewer Bases, More Baseball

  1. R J Stove May 13, 2008 / 6:07 am

    Bill Kauffman in the WSJ! Now that‘s what I call casting against type.

    I wish more historians would take seriously the conjecture, expounded in Look Homeward America by the same author, that JFK’s obsession with landing on the moon before 1970 was derived from his frantic desire to check out the moon’s female talent, if any. Or as Bill K puts it (much better than I can), “Presumably our Pulitzer Prize-winning historian had heard colorable tales of sluttish seleno-starlets just dying for one of those fabled 45-second Kennedy love marathons.”

  2. Tim May 18, 2008 / 4:32 am

    Excellent review of a book that genuinely and entertainingly challenges the stereotypes. We need to keep Kauffman writing.

    Rob, wasn’t it Jerry Seinfeld who first suggested this hypothesis?

    “I know that women often complain about the number of things you have to do get male attention, the high heels, the pantyhose, the makeup, but let me tell you, it’s even worse if you’re a man. Because if you’re a man you don’t know what to do. That’s why we’re building bridges, climbing mountains, exploring uncharted territories. You think we want to do these things? Nobody wants to build a bridge. It’s really, really hard! Designing rockets flying off into space. I guarantee you, every astronaut when he comes back from space, goes up to a girl and goes:” So, did you see me up there?”‘ (Jerry Seinfeld)

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