I don’t do book reviews, so this is not that. But I just got my copy of New Jersey, A History of the Garden State, edited by Maxine N. Lurie and Richard Veit, with an introduction by Marc Mappen, and I’ve got to say—run out and get this book! It’s a terrific collection of articles on the different periods in New Jersey’s history, starting with Richard Veit’s excellent first chapter on Native Americans who lived here, as far back as 12,000 years ago and into the colonial period. Thank you Rich. It came just in time to help me sort out this confusing history for my own blog.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next chapters, because they are all written by the top people in the field: Michael Birkner, John Fea, Howard Gillete Jr., Brian Greenberg, Larry Greene, Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Paul Israel, Maxine N. Lurie, G. Kurt Piehler and Richard Viet.

No doubt about it. If you love New Jersey, you’ll love this book.