The first newspapers were timid and fearful of censors. Pamphlets were freer to report the news and offer an opinionated perspective. Jeffrey Collins reviews "The Invention of News" by Andrew Pettegree.
Shakespeare has long been an American obsession—from the constant antebellum productions of 'Othello' to LBJ played as Macbeth and Schwarzenegger's Hamlet. Lee Sandlin reviews "Shakespeare in America," edited by James Shapiro.