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June 01, 2008
IN THE MAIL: A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, by Tony Horwitz. I liked his Confederates in the Attic. Reading the jacket copy, however, I wonder if the "conventional" middle-school history against which Horwitz is apparently reacting exists any more. At least, my daughter tells me that in her history classes it's all Native Americans and African Americans, with the European settlers mostly as foils and backdrops. No doubt some future Horwitz will rediscover cowboys and Zebulon Pike . . . .