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Go West, Young Aristocrat!

Posted 7/13/2012 in Book Reviews

Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830 - 1890 (Norton) by British historian Peter Pagnamenta tells of a surprising culture clash.

Straight from the Front Lines

Posted 7/9/2012 in Book Reviews

Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle (NAL Caliber) by Timothy M. Gay tells how the correspondents remade journalism for the big war.

A Dark Crime Illuminates Aspects of Japan

Posted 7/7/2012 in Book Reviews

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - And the Evil That Swallowed Her Up (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Richard Lloyd Parry describes a bizarre crime in a different society.

Digging the Importance of Geology

Posted 7/2/2012 in Book Reviews

Doug MacDougall in Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future (University of California Press) explains why the dusty old science is actually vitally instructive.

Hollywood Mobster

Posted 6/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster (ECW Press) by Tere Tereba gives us an exciting, horrifying life story.

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.


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