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Citizens Opposing Nazi Tyranny

Posted 1/6/2015 in Book Reviews

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France (HarperCollins) by Caroline Moorehead informs and inspires.

Scandal Strikes Marie Antoinette

Posted 12/29/2014 in Book Reviews

How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair (Da Capo Press) by Jonathan Beckman makes lively an old scandal.

Medieval Views of Jews

Posted 12/23/2014 in Book Reviews

Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography (Metropolitan Books) by Sara Lipton gives a history of increasingly unpleasant pictures.

A Cinematic and Racial Milestone

Posted 12/18/2014 in Book Reviews

The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War (PublicAffairs) by Dick Lehr is preparation for the centenary of a great, flawed film.

The Hell of America

Posted 12/15/2014 in Book Reviews

Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction (Oxford University Press) by Kathryn Gin Lum shows the American version of a scare story.

The How and Why of Whodunits

Posted 12/8/2014 in Book Reviews

Lucy Worsley's The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock (Pegasus Crime) tells how the detective story came to be.

Remembering a Lost Art

Posted 12/1/2014 in Book Reviews

Art Deco Mailboxes: An Illustrated Design History (W. W. Norton) by Karen Greene and Lynne Lavelle is a study in practical design.

What's In a Name? Success.

Posted 11/29/2014 in Book Reviews

Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) by Alexandra Watkins is an expert's take on commercial naming.

Sacred City, Profane History

Posted 11/25/2014 in Book Reviews

Ziauddin Sardar's Mecca: The Sacred City (Bloomsbury) is a history of a sacred place marked by discord.

How We Got Oral Contraceptives

Posted 11/21/2014 in Book Reviews

In The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (W. W. Norton), Jonathan Eig gives a tale of sociology, medicine, religion, and activism.


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