American Studies Book Reviews 2010

Each student in the 2010 American Studies advanced seminar, "The Globalization of American Culture," read a recently published book in American Studies or a related discipline and wrote an essay commenting on its overall contribution to the field, its use of interdisciplinary methodology, and its potential use in other courses at Connecticut College. In some cases, students contacted the author and included the author's insights in their reviews. Thanks go to Kate Radlauer '10 and Maida Lanstein '10 for editing and formatting.

Methland: the Death and Life of an American Small Town, by Nick Reding, reviewed by Gregory Parker '10.

The Company He Keeps: a History of White College Fraternities, by Nicholas L. Syrett, reviewed by Trevor Bradley '10.

To Serve God and Wal-Mart: the Making of Christian Free Enterprise, by Bethany Moreton, reviewed by Liz Holland '10.

It's Our Day: America's Love Affairs with the White Wedding 1945-2005, by Katherine Jellison, reviewed by Devon Butler '10.

Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality, by Dwight A. McBride, reviewed by Jillian Nataupsky '10.

No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, by Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites, reviewed by Jordan Banks '10.

Are We There Yet?: the Golden Age of American Family Vacations, by Susan Sessions Rugh, reviewed by Deena Kimmel '10.

Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, by Tom Caraccioli and Jerry Caraccioli, reviewed by Grant Moryan '10.

Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, by Alicia R. Camacho Schmidt, reviewed by Jason Cordova '10.

Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks, by Bryant Simon, reviewed by Abigail Mayer '10.

Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940, by Amy Louise Wood, reviewed by Ryan Joyce '10.

The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel, reviewed by Dan Doherty '10.Finkel GoodSoldiers Doherty

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