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Oscar Discovers America

Posted 3/15/2013 in Book Reviews

In Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America (Belknap Press / Harvard), Roy Morris, Jr., accounts with amusement Wilde's year among us.

Hackers from Way Back

Posted 3/11/2013 in Book Reviews

Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell (Grove Press) by Phil Lapsley tells the adventures of the original hackers.

The Monster Will Not Die

Posted 3/6/2013 in Book Reviews

Roseanne Montillo, in The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece (William Morrow) shows the roots and the branches of the Frankenstein story.

A New Way to Look At the World

Posted 2/25/2013 in Book Reviews

The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time (Walker) is Bob Harris's funny, inspiring book about making a difference.

Let Us Recall Robert Ingersoll

Posted 2/23/2013 in Book Reviews

Susan Jacoby's The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (Yale University Press) recalls a unique American thinker.

Self Discoveries in the Jungle

Posted 2/20/2013 in Book Reviews

In Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure (Harper), Christopher S. Stewart hunts for the fabled White City.

We're Doomed! Doomed, I Tell You!

Posted 2/18/2013 in Book Reviews

_The Coffee Table Book of Doom_ (Plume) by writer Steven Appleby and cartoonist Art Lester laughs in the face of megadisasters.

Messy Makings of a Classic Movie

Posted 2/14/2013 in Book Reviews

Making Patton: A Classic War Film's Epic Journey to the Silver Screen (University Press of Kansas) by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes details the torturous route from history to movie.

How Design Works on the Underground

Posted 2/12/2013 in Book Reviews

London Underground by Design (Penguin Books) by subway enthusiast Mark Ovenden shows how design succeeds in many ways.


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