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Asterisk History

Posted 3/17/2014 in Book Reviews

The Rude Story of English (McClelland & Stewart) by Tom Howell presents a unique history of our language.

True Confessions

Posted 3/13/2014 in Book Reviews

The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession by John Cornwell tells a shameful history.

Hauntings and Humans

Posted 3/5/2014 in Book Reviews

A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 Years of Hunting for Proof (Particular Books) by columnist Roger Clarke is just as much about people.

Bubbling Drinks through the Centuries

Posted 3/1/2014 in Book Reviews

Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World (Chicago Review Press) by Tristan Donovan is a history of carbonated drinks.

"It Can't Happen" Happens All the Time

Posted 2/24/2014 in Book Reviews

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by mathematician David Hand looks at the probability of the improbable.

Ending, Not Curing, Diseases

Posted 2/18/2014 in Book Reviews

The End of Plagues: The Global Battle Against Infectious Disease (Palgrave Macmillan) by immunologist John Rhodes is full of medical optimism.

A History Lesson about Hoover

Posted 2/6/2014 in Book Reviews

The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI (Knopf) by Betty Medsger recalls a brilliant act of civil disobedience.

Photos of Animals Gone Forever

Posted 2/4/2014 in Book Reviews

Errol Fuller's _Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record_ (Princeton University Press) gives us pictures of what we have lost.

The Irresistible Elevation of Balloons

Posted 1/31/2014 in Book Reviews

Richard Holmes's Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air (Pantheon) is a grand history of ballooning.


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