——Christopher “Kip” Forbes, Vice Chairman, Forbes Publishing Company
“Once again Dr. Lant has bought his mastery of the written word with his unique style in Poems of Massachusetts. I’m accustomed to reading Dr. Lant’s lyric prose full of rich language that flows and sings, painting vivid images in your mind. Much to my delight this is what I found in his poetry.”
——Patrice Porter, The Coffee Break author
“Dr. Jeffrey Lant continues to amaze me with his exquisite writing and so on point with Duende, as he would say and clearly this is such a beautiful reading of great poems. It definitely lifts the soul with a fresh breath of life. Complete blessing, veritas, ‘truth.’”
——MAJ Lance L. Sumner, USA, Retired
“This book has been a long time coming—literally my entire life. I have been interested through a long span of over sixty years in history, all aspects, all places, all points of view. This book has attracted worldwide notice and kudos. Whether you are from Massachusetts or coming to Massachusetts or want to know about Massachusetts or just want to read the quintessence of the language, this clever book is for you.”
——Dr. Jeffrey Lant
Dr. Jeffrey Lant, born in Maywood, Illinois has studied at twelve universities worldwide, including the University of Dijon; the University of Munich; the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (where he was awarded “The Sir Henry Jones Prize” in moral philosophy); the University of California, Santa Barbara (summa cum laude); the University of California, Santa Cruz; Cornell College; Northeastern University; and Harvard University, from where he graduated with an MA (1970) and PhD in History (1975). At Harvard he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Harvard Traveling Fellow, and won a prize for merit at Dudley House, Harvard College.
Dr. Jeffrey Lant has taught at over thirty universities across the nation, including University of Maine, Boston University, University of Connecticut, Hofstra University, University of Pittsburg, Chatham College, Case Western Reserve University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Minnesota, Southern Methodist University, Harvard College, and many more.
Over the course of many years, Dr. Jeffrey Lant has written more than a thousand articles and books on a wide variety of important subjects, including the British monarchy, animal rights, business development, marketing, public relations, publishing, nonprofit fundraising, politics, international relations, and consulting.
In addition, the two volumes of Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s memoir entitled A Connoisseur’s Journey: Being the Artful Memoirs of a Man of Wit, Discernment, Pluck, and Joy received nine literary awards, including one from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Lifetime Achievement.
Dr. Jefrey Lant is also an honored recipient of “Men and Women of Distinction” by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England.
His program on consulting, sponsored by Oklahoma State University, was the first university program to be broadcast from outer space. The initial broadcast went to over thirty universities.
Dr. Jefrey Lant is also world-famous for his Red Drawing Room, where he stores his art collection. Specializing in European Arts from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.
“You might think that at age seventy-one, with so many published materials and a host of prizes indicating how popular my publications are, that I would wish to retire, to lounge and snooze over someone else’s hard work. But you see, my work can never be finished, because every time I put fingers to keyboard I like to believe that I am changing the world just that bit. And when one knows one is doing good, there can be no argument for giving it up.”
——Dr. Jefrey Lant
North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an “American” or “Canadian” culture, but rather into one of the eleven distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory.
In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations, which conform to neither state nor international boundaries. He illustrates and explains why “American” values vary sharply from one region to another. Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) reveals how intranational differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent's history, from the American Revolution and the Civil War to the tumultuous sixties and the "blue county/red county" maps of recent presidential elections. American Nations is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America's myriad identities and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and are molding our future.
We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. Even the oddities—the entire state of Maryland(!)—have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence. But that's where the real mystery begins. Every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand.
How the States Got Their Shapes is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey.
How the States Got Their Shapes examines:Why West Virginia has a finger creeping up the side of PennsylvaniaWhy Michigan has an upper peninsula that isn't attached to MichiganWhy some Hawaiian islands are not HawaiiWhy Texas and California are so outsized, especially when so many Midwestern states are nearly identical in size
Packed with fun oddities and trivia, this entertaining guide also reveals the major fault lines of American history, from ideological intrigues and religious intolerance to major territorial acquisitions. Adding the fresh lens of local geographic disputes, military skirmishes, and land grabs, Mark Stein shows how the seemingly haphazard puzzle pieces of our nation fit together perfectly.