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Victoria and Her Assassins

Posted 9/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy (Pegasus Books) by historian Paul Thomas Murphy demonstrates how the assassins empowered the monarch.

The Truth, Maybe, About a Forger's Life

Posted 9/18/2012 in Book Reviews

Ken Perenyi in Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger (Pegasus Books) tells a forger's secrets.

Remembering the Alamo

Posted 9/14/2012 in Book Reviews

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation (Little, Brown and Company) by James Donovan is a fine recounting of the famous story.

Benedict Arnold's Wife and Accomplice

Posted 9/13/2012 in Book Reviews

In Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot to Betray America (Lyons Press), Mark Jacob and Stephen H. Case show how Benedict Arnold didn't go it alone.

The Mathematics of Architecture

Posted 9/6/2012 in Book Reviews

Alexander J. Hahn in Mathematical Excursions into the World's Great Buildings (Princeton University Press) gives a history of two great interconnected disciplines.

Ancient Views on a Constant Topic

Posted 9/1/2012 in Book Reviews

Sin: The Early History of an Idea (Princeton University Press) by Paula Fredriksen shows that defining what sin is and isn't was a product of culture, even in the early church.

Authentic Folk Art from Melville's World

Posted 8/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum (David R. Godine, Publisher) by Stuart M. Frank brings forth creations from eyewitnesses to the world of whaling.

The Greatest of Military Hoaxes

Posted 8/27/2012 in Book Reviews

In Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (Crown), Ben Macintyre tells the story of brilliant trickery.

This Book Is Something

Posted 8/26/2012 in Book Reviews

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story (Liveright Publishing) by Jim Holt takes readers on a philosophical tour of big mysteries.

Investigating a Tabooed Universal Practice

Posted 8/21/2012 in Book Reviews

With the Hand: A Cultural History of Masturbation (Reaktion Books) by Mels van Driel attempts to understand the many taboos.


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