Your next book title: The Making of America and the Making of America

I’m now reading an advance copy of Mike McDonnell’s wonderful, soon-to-be-released Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (2015).  And recently, in a conversation with Cody Osterman (one our fine ACS grad students, as well as a funny guy), we were talking about Ben Carp’s fine Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea […]

The Pit Barrel Cooker and the history (and future) of technology

Imagine a new cooking device that can reduce the time of a particular cooking technique by a third or more, uses half the energy, produces more uniform results, and requires less attention on the part of the cook.  In the history of technology, such an advance in efficiency would be considered a major breakthrough that […]