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Impertinent Questions

Carla Zecher

Now in English: The Memoir of a Robinson Crusoe à la française

Bon voyage, armchair travelers! Carla Zecher follows the perigrinations of an eighteenth-century French lieutenant.

Daniel Sayers

Anthropologist Daniel Sayers on Maroons Who Found Freedom in the Great Dismal Swamp

Non-Indiana Jones-style archaeology takes a bow in southern Virginia.

Jules Witcover

Jules Witcover on the Ups and Downs of American Vice Presidents

NEH-funded book on veeps.

David Igler

Sea Captains Changed the Pacific World. David Igler Explains How.

Western Americanist and native Californian David Igler on sea captains who sought their fortunes

Susan Shillinglaw

Sue Shillinglaw on Grapes of Wrath, Published Seventy-Five Years Ago

With Susan Shillinglaw on the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

Jane Leavy

Mickey Mantle Biographer Jane Leavy Really Doesn’t like the Designated-hitter Rule.

But she loves baseball and complicated heroes

Paula A. Michaels

Impertinent Questions with Paula A. Michaels

On the Soviet experiment that became Lamaze.   

Annegret Fauser

Impertinent Questions with Annegret Fauser

How music was used and appreciated during World War II.

Jack Russell Weinstein

Impertinent Questions with Jack Russell Weinstein

On the long reach of Adam Smith.

Portrait of Martha Jefferson Randolph

Impertinent Questions with Cynthia A. Kierner

On the devoted oldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson.