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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.

How We Got to Understand Tornadoes

Posted 5/4/2013 in Book Reviews

Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America's First Tornado Chasers (Pantheon Books) by Lee Sandlin tells an story of eventual scientific enlightenment.


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