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A Forgotten Episode of Southern History

Posted 12/30/2013 in Book Reviews

Steven V. Ash's A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year after the Civil War (Hill and Wang) restores a massacre into its historic place.

Numbers in Lore, Not Math

Posted 12/27/2013 in Book Reviews

Rogerson's Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World (Profile Books) by Barnaby Rogerson is a number book even for those who dislike mathematics.

The Cult of the Saints Explained (Partially)

Posted 12/23/2013 in Book Reviews

Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation (Princeton University Press) by Robert Bartlett is a miraculous history.

Science Fiction's Greatest Controversy

Posted 12/17/2013 in Book Reviews

War over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940s Science Fiction (McFarland and Co.) by Richard Toronto tells of the conquest of the world by underground demons.

America and the Muslims

Posted 12/11/2013 in Book Reviews

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders (Knopf) by historian Denise A. Spellberg shows how America got religious toleration.

The Rainbow and More

Posted 12/3/2013 in Book Reviews

ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color (Bloomsbury) by design and culture writer Jude Stewart is appropriately colorful.

Perversions Past and Present

Posted 11/27/2013 in Book Reviews

Julie Peakman's _The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex_ (Reaktion Books) takes the long view.

Still Pictures of the Motion Pictures

Posted 11/19/2013 in Book Reviews

Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography (University of Chicago Press) by David S. Shields shows the start of movie glamour.

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.


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