What Are You Reading (May, 2008)?
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It's the kind of work P.G. Wodehouse would have Jeeves call "an improving book." :) I feel like I know more about the guitar and its role in American culture than I did before I read Noonan's book.
Moving on to What Hath God Wrought next.
Harper's work is excellent. He resurrects the Walking Purchase (1737) as a major reason behind the hostility of Delaware and Shawnee Indians in Pennsylvania in 1754 and 1755 at the beginning of the French and Indian War. His work implies also that concepts of ethnicity and civilization in America owe their origins to this event. Peter Silver goes on to expand on the same general idea in Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America. I haven't finished Silver's book yet, but I will before too long.
Moving on to C. F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873 (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series) by Philip Gura for little brain candy before finishing Silver's book.
It makes me think of our current obsession with antibiotics for every illness and even in soap and hand lotion. We may be inadvertently creating a super-resistant bug, much as the flushing of raw sewage into the Thames to clean up the slums created a breeding ground for cholera. Frightening thought.