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Forgotten Transcontinental Runners

Posted 6/11/2013 in Book Reviews

Mark Whitaker, in Running for Their Lives: The Extraordinary Story of Britain's Greatest Ever Distance Runners, gives a colorful and tragic sports story.

Dinosaurs Up To Date

Posted 6/7/2013 in Book Reviews

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) by Brian Switek is a jaunty review of how our ideas about dinosaurs have changed.

Hospital Horror

Posted 6/4/2013 in Book Reviews

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder (Twelve) by Charles Graeber tells of a scarily malfunctioning system.

The Start of the American Revolution Revisited

Posted 5/30/2013 in Book Reviews

Nathaniel Philbrick in Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution< (Viking) tells the famous story anew.

Snakes in Art Photographs

Posted 5/27/2013 in Book Reviews

Serpentine (Abrams) by Mark Laita presents beautiful snakes artistically posed.

Boffins Against the U-Boat Menace

Posted 5/24/2013 in Book Reviews

Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare (Knopf) by Stephen Budiansky tells of the start of Operations Research.

Injustice Indeed

Posted 5/21/2013 in Book Reviews

Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom (Henry Holt) by Barry Siegel tells of a legal travesty.

Killing and Torturing for 16th Century Justice

Posted 5/14/2013 in Book Reviews

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by historian Joel F. Harrington brings an executioner to life.

Thwarting Lincoln's First Assassins

Posted 5/10/2013 in Book Reviews

In The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War (Minotaur Books), historian Daniel Stashower tells how Lincoln was saved.

Life Not As We Know It

Posted 5/8/2013 in Book Reviews

Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own (W. W. Norton) by David Toomey examines possible organisms we may meet someday.


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