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A First Class American Swindler

Posted 7/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Geoffrey G. Ward tells the story of his great-grandfather in A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States (Knopf)

A Good Weird Doctor

Posted 7/24/2012 in Book Reviews

Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor (PublicAffairs) by Pam Belluck describes an unorthodox doc's helpful ways.

Never Put It In Writing

Posted 7/20/2012 in Book Reviews

Kate Summerscale's Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (Bloomsbury) tells of a forgotten courtroom scandal.

Deadly Desert Weirdness

Posted 7/17/2012 in Book Reviews

Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History (Nation Books) by Deanne Stillman tells of a duel in the desert.

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.


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