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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.

Vessels and Visuals of the Ancient Greeks

Posted 1/28/2014 in Book Reviews

The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (J. Paul Getty Museum) by John H. Oakley is a fine primer to a distant art form.

One End (of Many) to the Civil War

Posted 1/25/2014 in Book Reviews

Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War (Smithsonian Books) by Richard A. Serrano tells stories false and true about the last veterans.

A Bird Book Half About People

Posted 1/17/2014 in Book Reviews

Birds & People_ (Jonathan Cape) by Mark Cocker with photographs by David Tipling extensively documents the partnership.

Monster Hunting vs. Science

Posted 1/10/2014 in Book Reviews

Abominable Science: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (Columbia University Press) by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero shows how monsters can teach principles of science.

Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon

Posted 1/6/2014 in Book Reviews

A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction (Bloomsbury) by natural historian Joel Greenberg commemorates a sad centennial.

A New Story of WWII

Posted 1/3/2014 in Book Reviews

Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz (Simon and Schuster) by Thomas Harding follows parallel lives in WWII.


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