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He Out-Ponzied Ponzi

Posted about 1 hour ago in Book Reviews

Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation (Algonquin Books) by Dean Jobb brings back the adventures of a sly criminal.

Mollusks and the Homes They Build

Posted 9/29/2015 in Book Reviews

Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales tells the lore and the science of mollusks.

Alien Intelligence

Posted 9/22/2015 in Book Reviews

In The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness (Atria Books), Sy Montgomery gets to know tentacled minds.

Historic Court Decisions over Captives in a Slave Ship

Posted 9/16/2015 in Book Reviews

Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope (Liveright) by Jonathan M. Bryant presents a tangled legal and moral case.

Leaving Paris, Fleeing the Nazis

Posted 9/8/2015 in Book Reviews

Leon Werth's 33 Days (Melville House Publishing) is a rediscovered first person report of the start of the Occupation.

A Magnificently Strange Work in Progress

Posted 9/1/2015 in Book Reviews

Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece, Geometry, Construction and Site (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers) has text and a wealth of pictures to describe an astonishing architectural achievement.

A Family Within the French Resistance

Posted 8/25/2015 in Book Reviews

Charles Kaiser in The Cost of Courage (Other Press) rescues stories out of silence.

Lessons for the Living

Posted 8/19/2015 in Book Reviews

In A Tour of Bones: Facing Fear and Looking for Life (Bloomsbury), Denise Inge tells lessons from beyond the grave.

The Human in the Zoo's Cage

Posted 8/13/2015 in Book Reviews

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (Amistad) by Pamela Newkirk tells of the time it was okay for a man to be a zoo exhibit.

There's Contentment in Them Thar Hills

Posted 8/10/2015 in Book Reviews

Gold Fever: One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush (Oneworld) by Steve Boggan brings the gold rush up to date.


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