In a recent Huffington Post essay, Gregory Weiner, author of American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, reminds us that Moynihan’s critique of the 1990s welfare reforms centered upon who would suffer most: the children. The article lays out the facts from recent research of just how many children suffer today, and, the depth of the poverty in which they are trapped.
Acclaimed by Great Plains Quarterly, “Sod and Stubble by Ise ranks with Giants in the Earth by Rolvaag and O Pioneers! by Cather in readability and memorability,” and reveals both the dark side and the heroism of pioneering. Originally published by John Ise in 1938, Von Rothenberger added extensive notes, along with more material from author Ise, including the fate of the family after the events of the book.
In USA Today Joel K. Goldstein, author of The White House Vice Presidency, a new book about how the office and role of VP has grown in importance in recent decades, reviews the numerous possible strategies and candidates for a Trump running mate: insider/outsider?, male/female?, current politician/former politician?, governor/senator?
Learn more about America’s national mammal, the buffalo, inside Dan Flores’s “American Serengeti.” America’s Great Plains once possessed one of the grandest wildlife spectacles of the world, equaled only by such places as the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, or the veld of South Africa. Buffalo, pronghorn antelope, gray wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears—less than two hundred years ago these creatures existed in such abundance that John James Audubon was moved to write, “it is impossible to describe or even conceive the vast multitudes of these animals.”
In a work that is at once a lyrical evocation of that lost splendor and a detailed natural history of these charismatic species of the historic Great Plains, veteran naturalist and outdoorsman Dan Flores draws a vivid portrait of each of these animals in their glory—and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers and ultimately a federal killing program in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Great Plains with its wildlife intact dazzled Americans and Europeans alike, prompting numerous literary tributes. “American Serengeti” takes its place alongside these celebratory works, showing us the grazers and predators of the plains against the vast opalescent distances, the blue mountains shimmering on the horizon, the great rippling tracts of yellowed grasslands. Far from the empty “flyover country” of recent times, this landscape is alive with a complex ecology at least 20,000 years old—a continental patrimony whose wonders may not be entirely lost, as recent efforts hold out hope of partial restoration of these historic species.
Written by an author who has done breakthrough work on the histories of several of these animals—including bison, wild horses, and coyotes—”American Serengeti” is as rigorous in its research as it is intimate in its sense of wonder—the most deeply informed, closely observed view we have of the Great Plains’ wild heritage.
Andrew Bacevich, author of “Diplomat in Khaki”, wrote an article featured in The Los Angeles Times supporting fellow UPK author and former Florida Senator Bob Graham’s decision to release a 28-page document that had been omitted from the 9/11 Commission’s official report. The document allegedly details Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Bacevich states, “Whether the 28 pages sustain or refute suspicions of Saudi involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks will remain impossible to say absent such executive action.”
The MeatEater sits down with UPK author Dan Flores to talk about his new release, “American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains.” The podcast features Flores’s outlook on the bison population decline as well as other environmental issues facing our world today.
Donald Zinman, author of “The Heir Apparent Presidency,” offers this piece for The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage.” Zinman speaks on timely political issues including challenges Hillary Clinton faces as she races to win the presidential election. As he writes, “If elected, Clinton, too, will most certainly have to correct something in Obama’s policy legacy, either because it’s malfunctioning or unpopular.”