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A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM
Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War
Harry V. Jaffa
Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000
576 pp., $35.00


In an incisive commentary on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Harry Jaffa discusses the legal and moral underpinnings of Lincoln's position on freedom and secession.
   
SHAKESPEARE AND THE GODDESS OF COMPLETE BEING
Ted Hughes
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992
524 pp., $35.00

Starting with his early poems, Shakespeare created out of two archaic myths the plots and substance of his greatest plays.
   
TERRORISM, ASYMMETRIC WARFARE, AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
Defending the U.S. Homeland
Anthony H. Cordesman
Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2002
448 pp., $49.95

Four very different books examine the threat of terrorism and the need for flexibility in meeting unpredictable attacks and weapons.
   
WHAT KIND OF NATION
Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States
James F. Simon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002
348 pp., $27.50

A law professor examines the decades-long conflict between the states-rights views of Thomas Jefferson and the Federalist beliefs of John Marshall.
   
THE PROSPECT BEFORE HER
A History of Women in Western Europe
Volume One: 1500--1800
Olwen Hufton
New York: Knopf, 1996
638 pp., $35.00


Historian Olwen Hufton vibrantly portrays the reality of women's experiences from the waning of the Middle Ages to the beginnings of the Enlightenment.
 
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