Everyone Liked Harry

Reviewed by Robert E. Weir

Photos from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

The Secret Historian Has Left the Closet

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade, by Justin Spring ’84 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Reviewed by Robert E. Weir

Utter Darkness

When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America, by David E. Nye ’68 (MIT Press)

Reviewed by Robert E. Weir

Glass Houses

For many in the Bay State, slavery was not a moral issue—it was an accounting problem. Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, by Professor Emeritus of Physics Robert Romer ’52 (Levellers Press)

Reviewed by Robert E. Weir

Warts and All


Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution, by Joel Richard Paul ’77 (Riverhead Books, 2009), tells a tale that would be histrionic if it weren’t actual history.

Reviewed by Robert E. Weir

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

By Professor of American Studies and History Martha A. Sandweiss. Penguin.