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The Hidden, Colossal Container Ships

Posted 11/14/2013 in Book Reviews

Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate (Metropolitan Books) by Rose George takes us behind the shipping scenes.

Holmes Is Persuaded for Freedom of Speech

Posted 11/8/2013 in Book Reviews

The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind - and Changed the History of Free Speech in America (Metropolitan Books) by Thomas Healy shows how Holmes came around.

Rooting Out the Witches

Posted 11/1/2013 in Book Reviews

Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal, and Seduction (Jonathan Cape) by Tracy Borman tells how those in power dealt with the witch threat.

Pictures of Information for Motion Pictures

Posted 10/28/2013 in Book Reviews

Infographic Guide to the Movies (Cassell Illustrated) by Karen Krizanovich presents movie trivia in a new way.

A New Look at the Arbuckle Scandal

Posted 10/26/2013 in Book Reviews

1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood (Chicago Review Press) by Greg Merritt

Understanding Literature via Computation

Posted 10/16/2013 in Book Reviews

Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History (University of Illinois Press) by Matthew L. Jockers is a manifesto for a new way of looking at literature.

Gumshoes, Shamuses, and Private Dicks

Posted 10/3/2013 in Book Reviews

The Private Eye: Detectives in the Movies (Reaktion Books) by Bran Nicol has new thoughts on a familiar movie hero.

A Book of Barricades

Posted 9/26/2013 in Book Reviews

Marcello Di Cintio's Walls: Travels Along the Barricades (Soft Skull Press) is a visit to walls around the world.

They Are All Out to Get Us

Posted 9/17/2013 in Book Reviews

The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory (Harper) by Jesse Walker tells of plots you never suspected.


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