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Killing and Torturing for 16th Century Justice

Posted 5/14/2013 in Book Reviews

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by historian Joel F. Harrington brings an executioner to life.

Thwarting Lincoln's First Assassins

Posted 5/10/2013 in Book Reviews

In The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War (Minotaur Books), historian Daniel Stashower tells how Lincoln was saved.

Life Not As We Know It

Posted 5/8/2013 in Book Reviews

Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own (W. W. Norton) by David Toomey examines possible organisms we may meet someday.

How We Got to Understand Tornadoes

Posted 5/4/2013 in Book Reviews

Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America's First Tornado Chasers (Pantheon Books) by Lee Sandlin tells an story of eventual scientific enlightenment.

Casting Out Devils

Posted 4/30/2013 in Book Reviews

The Devil Within: Possession & Exorcism in the Christian West (Yale University Press) by Brian P. Levack has a new explanation for possessions and exorcism.

A Study of Contingencies

Posted 4/23/2013 in Book Reviews

And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus (St. Martin's Press) by Selina O'Grady examines how religions jostle for position within empires.

Science Goes to the Dogs

Posted 4/18/2013 in Book Reviews

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think (Dutton) by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods examines the intelligence that makes dogs our friends.

How the Mummy Became a Monster

Posted 4/16/2013 in Book Reviews

The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (Oxford University Press) by Roger Luckhurst gives the background to the spooky mummy tradition.

The Whole Story from Dogpatch

Posted 4/10/2013 in Book Reviews

Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary (Bloomsbury) by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen tells a paradoxical life story.

How They Caught The Traitor Spy

Posted 4/4/2013 in Book Reviews

Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (Naval Institute Press) by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille is an insders' account of a famous case.


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