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King of the Con Men

Posted yesterday in Book Reviews

My Adventures with Your Money: George Graham Rice and the Golden Age of the Con Artist (St. Martin's Press) by T. D. Thornton brings a skilled con man out of obscurity.

How We Got Global Timekeeping

Posted 1/28/2016 in Book Reviews

The Global Transformation of Time 1870 - 1950 (Harvard University Press) by Vanessa Ogle tells you why your clock is showing the time it shows.

Biography of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture

Posted 1/20/2016 in Book Reviews

The Priest, the Prince, and the Pasha: The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture (MFA Publications) by Lawrence M. Berman gives all the details of an important work of art.

That Same Old Line

Posted 1/12/2016 in Book Reviews

Why Does the Other Line Always Move Faster? The Myths and Misery, Secrets and Psychology of Waiting in Line (Workman Publishing) by David Andrews gives insights into an activity we all participate in.

A History of Hilarity

Posted 1/9/2016 in Book Reviews

Kliph Nesteroff's The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy shows, as Steve Martin knew: Comedy is not pretty.

More than a World of Maps

Posted 12/31/2015 in Book Reviews

Map: Exploring the World (Phaidon) shows astonishing diversity.

A Step toward Liberty

Posted 12/29/2015 in Book Reviews

Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty (Viking) by Dan Jones puts the famous document in historical perspective.

Lessons from a Imaginary Planet

Posted 12/22/2015 in Book Reviews

The Hunt for Vulcan: And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe (Random House) by Thomas Levenson tells how science advances by researching how a theory does not fit.

Science vs. Spiritualism

Posted 12/16/2015 in Book Reviews

The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World (Crown Publishers) by David Jaher tells what happened with spiritualism was in fashion and scientists wanted to find out why.

The Domestic Fuhrer

Posted 12/9/2015 in Book Reviews

Hitler at Home (Yale University Press) by Despina Stratigakos shows the dictator's use of domestic settings.


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