What We’re Reading: November 20, 2014

Today’s What We’re Reading features memory of Wonder Woman, comet landings, Sherman’s March, and much, much more!

What We’re Reading
The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall
Melvyn P. Leffler argues that the US has “misinterpreted the end of Communism for a quarter of a centuy.”

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers
With the end of fall term looming, time to buckle down and churn out those pages.

Wonder Woman: The Weird, True Story
The history of a feminist icon that is no longer perceived as one.

The Caves
A photo essay of a village built in and around ancient caves in Iran.

150 Years Later, Wrestling With a Revised View of Sherman’s March
The Union general’s March to the Sea was brutal, but his troops were careful to destroy only the South’s war machine, a strategy historians now deem effective and legal.

Cartoon representations of the Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander, with Philae ready to take the plunge to the comet’s surface.

Rosetta Mission’s Historic Comet Landing: Full Coverage
Space.com lists a convenient timeline of the comet landing carried out by the ESA including an infographic to get you up to speed on the Rosetta/Philae mission to land on comet 67P background.

What We’re Listening To
A Journey Through the History of American Food in 100 Bites
From graham crackers to mac ‘n cheese, NPR features an interview saying that the quintessential American food is up for debate.

Fun and Offbeat
The Mathematician Who Proved Why Hipsters All Look Alike

Historians are not the only ones delving a little too far into everyday life, as this phenomenon of the hipster gets an in-depth look from a mathematician and neuroscientist. We think we get it … but we probably don’t … because we study history here at the AHA.

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