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Thief vs. Detective in Edwardian England

Posted 12/24/2012 in Book Reviews

Molly Caldwell Crosby tells in The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace (Berkley Books) gives crime reporting on a forgotten case.

The Influential Declaration of Independence

Posted 12/19/2012 in Book Reviews

For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press) by Alexander Tsesis shows that declaring liberty was just the start of bigger things.

The Zimmermann Telegram

Posted 12/7/2012 in Book Reviews

The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I (Naval Institute Press) by historian Thomas Boghardt brings new truth about a famous historic blunder.

Clash of Titans

Posted 12/3/2012 in Book Reviews

The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance (Knopf) by Jonathan Jones gives insight into a couple of lost monumental paintings.

A Full Biography of a Life Full of Family and Literature

Posted 11/24/2012 in Book Reviews

Thornton Wilder: A Life (Harper) by Penelope Niven gives a life in superb detail.

A Factual Bestiary for Our Times

Posted 11/20/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary (Granta; to be published in America by the University of Chicago Press in April), Caspar Henderson tells us of fantastic beasts that are not fantasies.

Naughty Reading, Centuries Ago

Posted 11/13/2012 in Book Reviews

Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth Century England (Palgrave Macmillan) by Julie Peakman is a study of historic English pornography.

How King's College Chapel Got Its Windows

Posted 11/12/2012 in Book Reviews

Carola Hicks gives art history and more in The King's Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art (Pimlico).

A Humane View of Science and the Cosmos

Posted 11/7/2012 in Book Reviews

The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos (House of Anansi Press) by Neil Turok gives a history of physics and cosmology, and a hopeful look at what science can do for us.

The Sounds of Sales

Posted 10/29/2012 in Book Reviews

The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture (University of Chicago Press) by ethnomusicologist Timothy Taylor is a history of music in American advertising.

 

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