Kelly Hignett hosts History Carnival CVII at The View East on Thursday 1 March. Send nominations of the best in February's history blogging to thevieweast*at*gmail*dot*com or use the form. David Silby hosts Military History Carnival XXX here at Cliopatria on Thursday 1 March. Use the form to submit nominations of the best in military history blogging since 1 December 2011.
James Polchin, "A Portrait of the Merchant as an Important Man," Smart Set, 21 February, reviews "The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini," an exhibit at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Edward Rothstein, "Authors in Rooms of Their Own," NYT, 23 February, reviews "Shakespeare's Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700," an exhibit at Washington, DC's Folger Shakespeare Library. David Bromwich, "The Pox Beneath the Powder," NYRblog, 28 February, reviews "Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine," an exhibit at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
David A. Bell, "Poker Lessons From Richelieu," Foreign Policy, March/April, reviews Jean-Vincent Blanchard's Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France. Lawrence Lipking, "Facts and Dreams," The Book, 23 February, reviews Frédérique Aït-Touati's Fictions of the Cosmos: Science and Literature in the Seventeenth Century, translated by Susan Emanuel.
Alan Taylor, "How the East Was Won," WSJ, 16 February, reviews Scott Weidensaul's The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America. Ari Kelman, "From Civil War to Civil Rights," TLS, reviews David Blight's American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights era, Gary W. Gallagher's The Union War, Stephanie McCurry's Confederate Reckoning: Power and politics in the Civil War South, and David Stoker's The Grand Design: Strategy and the US Civil War. Candice Millard, "Looking for a Fight A New History of the Philippine-American War," NYT, 17 February, reviews Gregg Jones's Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream.
Allan Massie, "Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggars Both," Standpoint, March, reviews Michael Hofmann, trans. & ed., Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters and Oliver Matuschek's Three Lives: A Biography of Stefan Zweig, trans. by Allan Blunden. Ron Rosenbaum, "Errol Morris: The Thinking Man's Detective," Smithsonian, March, sketches "America's most surprising and provocative public intellectual."