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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.

Serious Selfies

Posted 4/30/2014 in Book Reviews

The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History (Thames and Hudson) by James Hall gives the long view of the selfie.

Oceans of Oddities

Posted 4/18/2014 in Book Reviews

The Extreme Life of the Sea (Princeton University Press) by Stephen R. and Anthony R. Palumbi tells why going to extremes is vital.

Mathematics as Pattern

Posted 4/10/2014 in Book Reviews

Beautiful Geometry (Princeton University Press) by Eli Maor and Eugen Jost shows beautiful mathematical pictures and ideas.

How They Broke Media Taboos

Posted 4/8/2014 in Book Reviews

Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos (It Books) by Robert Hofler tells how sex came to the stage, screen, and books.

Fun for Freedom

Posted 4/1/2014 in Book Reviews

John Beckman writes in American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt (Pantheon Books) about an important, and fun, aspect of the American Character.

Murder and Telegraphy

Posted 3/25/2014 in Book Reviews

The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison, & Pursuit (Oneworld Publications) by Carol Baxter tells of modern crime-fighting in 1845.


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