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Dominique BrowningIn a fascinating and provocative survey, Children at Play: An American History, Howard P. Chudacoff traces the evolution of the ways in which children have amused themselves since colonial times. Using letters, diaries and literature as his sources, he examines adults' attitudes toward play, as "the devil's workshop," or as the work of childhood. At the same time, he shows what children have done to amuse themselves—either in spite of the adults or abetted by them…Chudacoff, a professor of history at Brown University, builds up to a scathing critique of modern parents' intrusion in children's play.
—The New York Times