October 2012: Summary of Features
About the Cover: Montante Family Library. D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY. Rand Bellavia, library director. John Bray, photographer.
Editorial: Our Pals (aka Reviewers). Choice Humanities Editor Rebecca Bartlett shares excerpts from correspondence between editors and reviewers, including one that reveals the meaning of "interrobang."
New & Forthcoming Political Science & Economics Publications, 2012–2013. This feature highlights forthcoming titles scheduled for publication from the late summer of 2012 through 2013. Each of the titles on the list was suggested by the publisher and then selected by Choice for its relevance to undergraduate curricula.
Bibliographic Essay: Alchemical Histories: Understanding Contemporary Conservatism in the United States. The vast scholarship on the contemporary conservative movement in the United States tells a coherent story about conservatism's varied origins. The recent titles discussed here look at the conservative movement's mid-20th-century origins in opposition to the New Deal and in regional backlashes to post-WW II federal social policies; key players and leaders in the movement, such as William F. Buckley, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan; the rise of regional conservative philosophies, such as the anti-civil rights and anti-government growth of the southern states and the Sunbelt; the rise of the Christian Right as a player in conservative politics; and attempts to bring these groups together into a unified movement.