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Casting Out Devils

Posted 4/30/2013 in Book Reviews

The Devil Within: Possession & Exorcism in the Christian West (Yale University Press) by Brian P. Levack has a new explanation for possessions and exorcism.

A Study of Contingencies

Posted 4/23/2013 in Book Reviews

And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus (St. Martin's Press) by Selina O'Grady examines how religions jostle for position within empires.

Science Goes to the Dogs

Posted 4/18/2013 in Book Reviews

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think (Dutton) by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods examines the intelligence that makes dogs our friends.

How the Mummy Became a Monster

Posted 4/16/2013 in Book Reviews

The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (Oxford University Press) by Roger Luckhurst gives the background to the spooky mummy tradition.

The Whole Story from Dogpatch

Posted 4/10/2013 in Book Reviews

Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary (Bloomsbury) by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen tells a paradoxical life story.

How They Caught The Traitor Spy

Posted 4/4/2013 in Book Reviews

Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (Naval Institute Press) by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille is an insders' account of a famous case.

The Million Dollar Problem

Posted 4/1/2013 in Book Reviews

The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible (Princeton University Press) by Lance Fortnow is an introduction to one of the most important mathematical puzzles.

A Great American Myth

Posted 3/30/2013 in Book Reviews

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (Bloomsbury) by Glenn Frankel gives us facts and legends.

What Mathematicians Do

Posted 3/20/2013 in Book Reviews

Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems (Basic Books) by Ian Stewart takes on the tough problems.

The Neologizers-in-Chief

Posted 3/18/2013 in Book Reviews

Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents (Walker) by Paul Dickson shows how the presidents shaped our language.


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