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Laphams Quarterly

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  • Format: Magazine
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  • Publisher: Laphams Quarterly
  • ASIN: B000VI4N36
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "States of War" - V1,N1, Winter 2008, inaugural issue February 6, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
"States of War" is the inaugural issue of a new quarterly journal _Lapham's Quarterly_ edited by Lewis Lapham, former _Harper's Magazine_ editor. Although packaged as a journal/magazine about current issues, it's really a collection of "primary sources" - roughly defined as material contemporary to the time, such as memoirs, speeches, transcripts and poems. These kinds of "readers" are not big sellers outside of academia, so the idea of a dressed up history reader in the newsstand alongside _GQ_ and _Time_ seems at first fiscally foolish and intellectually audacious. Some critics, such as Sara Irvy in _The New York Times_ (December 31, 2007), are skeptical that dead voices applied to current events will find a popular audience, and that Lapham (now in his 70s) is associating himself with great names as a sort of self-published career epitaph. Forget the critics, he is on to something surprisingly good, Lapham's Quarterly turns out to be one of the best things I've read in years. Given the luminary contributors, perhaps it is only surprising no one did it sooner. I'll examine those authors in more detail below, but first some thoughts on the work as a whole.

What a delight to read primary sources with a common theme from all periods of history in bite-size easily digestible pieces, vetted and organized by professionals for a non-professional audience. Reading primary sources is studying history at the cellular level, most of us learn about history through more holistic but less immediate secondary sources, such as the latest history book by Simon Schama or a History Channel documentary. Primary sources are often left to the professionals or serious history obsessive to decipher, quote and explain the raw material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed August 26, 2008
By Sulaco
Subscription Term Name:1 year
What Lapham has done is to distill history for you. As a previous reviewer wrote, most people in modern society don't get (or seek) access to these texts. Even those with a desire to seek these works would never find such a pure cross-section on one specific subject.

Whether you love, hate, or don't care about Lapham, you can't deny his immense knowledge of literary works. If you've read Lapham, you know he is a self-professed book worm. He has dedicated his life almost as much to writing as he has to reading nearly everything he can get his hands on. The payoff is Lapham's Quarterly.

Another common thread of Lapham's writing is showing that the complexities of someone's life (and societies in general) were similar in 450 BC as they were in the 18th century as they are today. Just because you have a cell phone, an overloaded e-mail box and a computer that's on the fritz doesn't mean that you're much different than someone from ancient Rome. It's riveting to read these works and realize that even though everything has changed, nothing has changed. It also makes you cringe when you realize we humans make the same mistakes repeatedly.

I'm looking forward to keeping these books (magazines) around as encyclopedias of sorts for my kids...they're that good. They're so dense, I feel I have to give them a second read. In addition, I've been able to add great amount weight to my perspectives, and I didn't have to spend years in the library trolling for all these gems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars November 24, 2014
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