Mark Fernandez “From Chaos to Continuity”

This is a useful book, a clearly argued book, and a really comprehensible book. I say all these things because From Chaos to Continuity is also very much a legal history — and “useful,” “clear,” and “comprehensible” are not always words I find applicable to legal histories.

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Jon Kukla “A Wilderness So Immense”

There’s a lot to admire about this narrative history of the Louisiana Purchase. Kukla takes a geopolitical and diplomatic story of enormous scope and complexity and fashions it into an account that is coherent, readable, even entertaining. He rightly stresses that the factors that led to American possession of Louisiana were global in area and long in duration.

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