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Beauty Arising from Turbulence

Posted 6/26/2012 in Book Reviews

Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War (Hill and Wang) by Guy Gugliotta tells how bitter conflicts produced a monument to our way of government.

Great Movie, Sad Reality

Posted 6/22/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Real Great Escape: Roger Bushell and the Most Daring POW Breakout of the Second World War (Bantam Press), historian Guy Walters corrects movie history.

What Makes Creationists Tick

Posted 6/19/2012 in Book Reviews

In Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolution Front Line (Oxford University Press), Jason Rosenhouse explores the world of Biblical literalists.

Don't Forget to Take Your Guidebook

Posted 6/16/2012 in Book Reviews

In A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics (Yale University Press), historian Neil Faulkner has an amusing way to explain Ancient Greek history.

A Candied World Tour

Posted 6/13/2012 in Book Reviews

_Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy_ (St. Martin's Press) by Kate Hopkins hunts the world and hunts through history for the perfect candy.

It's Too Unreal

Posted 6/7/2012 in Book Reviews

In _Reality: A Very Short Introduction_ (Oxford University Press), philosopher Jan Westerhoff finds that it is not so simple telling what is real.

A Worldwide Tour of Survivors

Posted 6/6/2012 in Book Reviews

Richard Fortey in Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind (Knopf) visits living fossils.

Adventures in Posting: An Eccentric Biography

Posted 6/1/2012 in Book Reviews

The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects (Princeton Architectural Press) by John Tingey tells of a British eccentric who investigated what his postal system could do.

Making Revelation a Little Less Weird

Posted 5/29/2012 in Book Reviews

In Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation (Viking), Elaine Pagels provides context for the strangest book in the Bible.

Conning the Con Men

Posted 5/25/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Mark Inside (Knopf), Amy Reading tells of the victim who would not let the swindlers go.


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