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In her engaging examination of what passed for health care in the 19th century, Lindsey Fitzharris focuses on Joseph Lister, the British physician who transformed the unsanitary operating rooms of Western medicine into clean places. more

Jan 23, 2018 2:05 PM Books

Cullen Murphy has written a highly entertaining and endearing memoir recounting life in 1950s southwestern Connecticut as a haven for cartoonists and illustrators (including his father) for its proximity to the New York publishing mecca. more

Jan 9, 2018 2:24 PM Books

An insightful and highly personal critique of America’s role in the world. more

Oct 17, 2017 1:48 PM Books

In Slight Exaggeration, poet Adam Zagajewski argues eloquently against the flat irony of postmodernism and for admiration and enthusiasm in the humanities. more

Aug 29, 2017 2:20 PM Books

The title of Robert Gerwath’s book, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End, alludes to the University College Dublin history professor’s thesis that a culture of bitterness, in nations that felt defeated by the war, led to ca... more

Jun 6, 2017 2:12 PM Books

A creative intellectual history from the Enlightenment through the present, Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Indian essayist Pankaj Mishra critiques ideas that triggered the 20th century’s ideological wars and continue to surface, ... more

Mar 28, 2017 2:34 PM Books

In his bright and thoroughly enjoyable book, The Glamour of Strangeness: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic, Jamie James explores the lives of Gauguin, Maya Deren and a handful of less remembered “exotes” who traded the civilization ... more

Jan 31, 2017 3:05 PM Books

Elmer Henry “Al” Pierce had come to Milwaukee to see hisniece. Pierce was a career criminal, not long out of the penitentiary after serving12 years of a 20 year sentence for a series of robberies and auto thefts.Pierce had lived in Milw.. more

Dec 26, 2016 8:12 PM What Made Milwaukee Famous

Without the past there can be no present. Those who control history can manipulate the meaning of now. With Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives, Sunil Khilnani, sets out to rescue his country’s past from obscurity and also from ... more

Dec 20, 2016 12:22 AM Books

As the author of Positively 4th Street and The Ten-Cent Plague, David Hajdu has become one of the most interesting, thought-inducing commentators on popular culture. His latest, Love for Sale, is a highly personal look back at pop music fro... more

Dec 13, 2016 4:14 PM Books

Rasputin was one of the 20th-century’s most infamous and least understood figures. In Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs Douglas Smith went where biographers have seldom gone—deep into the Russian archives—and found a ... more

Dec 6, 2016 3:37 PM Books

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City by Adina Hoffman is a beautifully written, painstakingly remembered and emotionally passionate account of a city through some of the men who built it. more

Sep 6, 2016 3:36 PM Books

Part two of Roger Daniels’ magisterial examination of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency, Franklin D. Roosevelt: The War Years, 1939-1945, recounts a familiar story. FDR cautiously inched the U.S. toward World War II by supporting the Weste... more

Jul 12, 2016 2:50 PM Books

Archaeologist Susan Brind Morrow doesn’t see extraterrestrials or advanced science in the hieroglyphs, but poetry most profound. more

Jun 14, 2016 4:21 PM Books

Whenthe father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, decidedto upgrade his country’s film industry, he decided to recruit the best. But ratherthan place an ad in the trade papers or invite prospects for .. more

May 6, 2016 2:45 PM I Hate Hollywood

Roberto Calasso’s The Art of the Publisher is not a how-to book but an elegant set of essays that ponder the history of book publishing (he gives high honors to Italy’s contributions), the balance between art and accessibility in a commerci... more

Mar 29, 2016 1:53 PM Books

Kurt Vonnegut and his brother Bernard grew up believing in the utopia science would create. Ginger Strand’s The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) looks at the parallel paths taken by Be... more

Mar 29, 2016 1:48 PM Books

Despite his palpable contempt for Russia and its culture, Princeton history professor Jonathan Haslam delivers an account of Soviet secret services in Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence that is well documented ... more

Mar 15, 2016 1:44 PM Books

With The Other Paris, Luc Sante writes a history of the shadow side of the City of Light—and regrets the success of urban planners, moralizers and busy bodies in driving the shadows away. more

Mar 8, 2016 2:11 PM Books

1974 was a rough year for HankAaron. He opened the season needing just two home runs to break Babe Ruth’sall-time record – at that time, the most sacred record in all of organizedsports. The stress of media attention had worked.. more

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