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The Big Dig: Michael McGandy’s Hidden Gems

A foundation-restoration project has begun on Sage House, a summer-long excavation renovation we’ve coined The Big Dig. We’ll be on a construction site all summer, and we’re honestly excited to watch the progress. As the trench gets deeper, the porch torn down, the original stone foundation exposed, it seems the past is being raised right outside our windows.  

As the trench gets deeper, the porch torn down, the original stone foundation exposed, it seems the past is being raised right outside our windows.  

Without having to get our hands dirty, we asked our staff to dip into our library pulling our foundation-building texts from our 150-year history. What follows is a selection curated by members of our staff, treasures that we refer to as “hidden gems”.

Browse our new website at cornellpress.cornell.edu to add these finds to your cart, or to explore and dig for more backlist books of your choice. And don’t forget to enter 09BIGDIG to get 30 percent off at checkout!


Michael McGandy, Senior Editor and Editorial Director, Three Hills:

Mario Del Pero, The Eccentric Realist: Henry Kissinger and the Shaping of American Foreign Policy

Susan E. Klepp and Karin Wulf, The Diary of Hannah Callender Sansom: Sense and Sensibility in the Age of the American Revolution

Simon Desjardins and Pierre Pharoux, Castorland Journal: An Account of the Exploration and Settlement of New York State by French Émigrés in the Years 1793 to 1797

Peter Eisenstadt, Rochdale Village: Robert Moses, 6,000 Families, and New York City’s Great Experiment in Integrated Housing

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