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A Cinematic and Racial Milestone

Posted 12/18/2014 in Book Reviews

The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War (PublicAffairs) by Dick Lehr is preparation for the centenary of a great, flawed film.

The Hell of America

Posted 12/15/2014 in Book Reviews

Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction (Oxford University Press) by Kathryn Gin Lum shows the American version of a scare story.

The How and Why of Whodunits

Posted 12/8/2014 in Book Reviews

Lucy Worsley's The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock (Pegasus Crime) tells how the detective story came to be.

Remembering a Lost Art

Posted 12/1/2014 in Book Reviews

Art Deco Mailboxes: An Illustrated Design History (W. W. Norton) by Karen Greene and Lynne Lavelle is a study in practical design.

What's In a Name? Success.

Posted 11/29/2014 in Book Reviews

Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) by Alexandra Watkins is an expert's take on commercial naming.

Sacred City, Profane History

Posted 11/25/2014 in Book Reviews

Ziauddin Sardar's Mecca: The Sacred City (Bloomsbury) is a history of a sacred place marked by discord.

How We Got Oral Contraceptives

Posted 11/21/2014 in Book Reviews

In The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (W. W. Norton), Jonathan Eig gives a tale of sociology, medicine, religion, and activism.

Dark and Light in Chaplin's Life

Posted 11/18/2014 in Book Reviews

Peter Ackroyd's Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life (Nan A. Talese) is an appreciation of the artist and an acknowledgement of his many flaws.

They Were All Very Merry at Pfaff's

Posted 10/28/2014 in Book Reviews

Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians (Da Capo Press) by Justin Martin is essential reading for those interested in American literature.

Big Data Shows Us Ourselves

Posted 10/24/2014 in Book Reviews

In Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking (Crown), Christian Rudder crunches the numbers, and learns lessons.


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