Well, gentle readers, July's halfway marks the conclusion of my American Independence series, at least for another year. What ground did I cover this year?
- Revolutionary Summer, Joseph Ellis; a history of the summer of 1776, in which the States declared their independence, and the British fleet arrived to squash the rebellion.
- Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, Bill Kauffman; a biography of Luther Martin which is principally about the Constitutional debates. Martin was the most prominent republican ('anti-federalist") in attendance
- The Lost Continent: Bill Bryson travels the United States to revisit childhood trips through small-town America, regaling the reader with memories and reflections. Though Bryson pines for an image of small-town America, whenever he arrives in a small town he complains about the lack of restaurants and the presence of locals.
- A Place in Time, Wendell Berry. Stories about the Port William membership, a ready remembrance of the America that was.
- East of Eden, John Steinbeck; a family epic set in the Salinas Valley of California that revisits the story of Cain and Abel.
- Passionate Sage, Joseph Ellis; on the character and beliefs of John Adams.
- Unsettled America, Wendell Berry. Berry's first and most famous defense of agrarian America, doubling as a condemnation of the thing that replaced it.
Earlier in the week I also finished India: A New History, so the Discovery is on the move!