Sample book reviews published by Bernard von Bothmer

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Bernard von Bothmer has reviewed books in American history for The Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Civil War History, The Journal of Southern History, The Journal of American Nineteenth Century, History News Network, and Civil War Book Review.

Bernard von Bothmer teaches American history at the University of San Francisco, where he received USF’s 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award for Excellence in Teaching and USF’s 2016 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, and at Dominican University of California. He received a B.A. with honors from Brown University, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in American history from Indiana University. von Bothmer has taught American history for over 20 years, and is the author of Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush.

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Framing the Sixties is a smart, important and impressively researched account of the decade that far too often is reduced to clichés by the left and the right. This book will be invaluable to anyone eager to know the real story behind the political and cultural consequences of that tumultuous time.

Tom Brokaw, author of Boom! Talking About the Sixties

This fine book illustrates the truth of the maxim that history is what the present wants to know about the past. To understand why the meaning of the 1960s remains a critical matter for both conservatives and liberals, Bernard von Bothmer's careful study is the place to start.

Michael Kazin, co-author, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

Von Bothmer details numerous overgeneralizations, misstatements of facts, and revised personal biographies as politicians adjust their ideas and past actions to modern political trends.

Alexander Bloom, Journal of American History