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In Amity and Prosperity, The New Yorker’s award-winning journalist Eliza Griswold examines the unexpected deleterious effects caused by the fracking industry on an economically depressed Pennsylvania town. more

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As Middle East scholar Frederic Wehrey makes clear in Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, American strategy in Libya was based on little understanding and less information. more

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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