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Fun with Ancient Roman History

Posted 6/27/2014 in Book Reviews

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Romans but Were Afraid to Ask (Atlantic Books) by Peter Jones is history and fun, too.

Visiting Pompeii through the Centuries

Posted 6/17/2014 in Book Reviews

From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town (Belknap/Harvard) by Ingrid D. Rowland tells of how visitors, including famous ones, came to see the ruins.

Finding Young Dickens at Home

Posted 6/10/2014 in Book Reviews

Ruth Richardson's Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist & the London Poor (Oxford University Press) tells how she discovered his childhood home.

Tracking the Wily Dinosaur

Posted 6/3/2014 in Book Reviews

Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Trace Fossils (Pegasus Books) by Anthony J. Martin tells of footprints, nests, and more.

Lost Movies, Lost Opportunities

Posted 5/31/2014 in Book Reviews

The Greatest Movies You'll Never See: Unseen Masterpieces by the World's Greatest Directors (Cassell Illustrated), edited by Simon Braund, helps us imagine what might have been.

Genitals and Other Previously Unappreciated Accomplishments of Evolution

Posted 5/25/2014 in Book Reviews

Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us about Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves (Viking) by evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen is full of sexual surprises.

A Sad Elephantasia

Posted 5/20/2014 in Book Reviews

In Jumbo: The Unauthorized Biography of a Victorian Sensation (Aurum Press), John Sutherland tells how we treated the most famous of elephants, and others.

How We Found Ourselves, Before GPS

Posted 5/13/2014 in Book Reviews

In Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans (William Morrow), David Barrie calls us back to scan the skies.

Portrait of the Artist as Combatant

Posted 5/7/2014 in Book Reviews

Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake (Yale University Press) by Donald E. Sutherland tells of a brilliant painter and competent brawler.


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