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One Hundred Years Gone

Posted 9/9/2014 in Book Reviews

The Passenger Pigeon (Princeton University Press) by Errol Fuller commemorates a great loss.

A Bloody American Original

Posted 9/5/2014 in Book Reviews

Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker (Viking) by Doug J. Swanson tells a violent rags-to-riches tale.

The Triumph of Ulysses Over Censorship

Posted 8/31/2014 in Book Reviews

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses (The Penguin Press) by Kevin Birmingham details the efforts to keep a classic out of our hands.

The History of America's Delirium Tremens

Posted 8/19/2014 in Book Reviews

Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early American Republic (University of Chicago Press) by Matthew Warner Osborn is history with a view to alcohol.

A Love Letter to a French Vineyard

Posted 8/13/2014 in Book Reviews

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine (Twelve) by Maximillian Potter is more than just a true crime story.

Patriotic Heresies

Posted 8/8/2014 in Book Reviews

Matthew Stewart in Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (W. W. Norton) tells of the influence of deism, not Christianity, on our founders.

Sleuthing on the Internet

Posted 8/4/2014 in Book Reviews

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases (Simon and Schuster) by Deborah Halber shows a new way of fighting crime and identifying the anonymous dead.

Mathematics Guides Us True

Posted 7/29/2014 in Book Reviews

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (The Penguin Press) is a fine explanation for non-mathematicians (but we are all mathematicians!).

Understanding Ancient Laughter

Posted 7/21/2014 in Book Reviews

Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up (University of California Press) by Mary Beard is a serious look at old, old jokes.

Not Mastering Flight: Mastering Its Patents

Posted 7/15/2014 in Book Reviews

Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies (Ballantine Books) by Lawrence Goldstone tells of the patent fights as the airplane was developed.


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