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The always-engaging philosopher-historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto looks at the story of human life from many angles. Read more

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British science writer Nicholas Mee’s The Cosmic Mystery Tour is a compact, speed-reader’s journey through the history and current conclusions of science as it developed in the West. Read more

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In A Supernatural War, British historian Owen Davies examines a gamut of “supernatural” actions and sightings that accompanied a war of unprecedented technological slaughter. Read more

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One doesn’t have to agree with all points in Doing Philosophy to enjoy the author’s unusually clear exposition on philosophical methods. Read more

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Jamie Susskind’s Future Politics is grim and long, but it offers thoughtful insight into arising issues created by technology. Read more

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Hitler’s Collaborators is a sophisticated analysis of wartime politics and postwar court records in Nazi-occupied Western Europe. Read more

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Lives of the Eminent Philosophers written circa 200 CE by Diogenes Laertius receives a beautifully produced new translation that includes artwork inspired by those philosophers over many centuries and cultures. Read more

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Iddo Landau hasn’t written a handbook for social change as much as a refutation of the apathy that can arise from anxiety over the possibility that individual lives are ultimately meaningless. Read more

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The Oxford Illustrated History of Science, which despite its title (and many illustrations), is a collection of essays by authorities in various fields. Read more

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With Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy, British historian David Cannadine presents an even-handed assessment of Britain’s first female prime minister. Read more

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In More on War, Martin Van Creveld, a historian with ties to the Israeli military, sets out to rethink the theory of waging war in the present day. Read more

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Books can enrich lives and even save them. Although it’s not a remarkable assertion, it’s integral to Will Schwalbe’s argument in Books for Living for the continued relevance of books. Schwalbe has been active in web publishing, yet issues ... Read more

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UW-Madison classics professor J.C. McKeown readily admits he’s not giving the Greeks and Romans their due in A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Healing Arts of Greece and Rome. “The focus i... Read more

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Experts on each of the nations included in Roger Hardy’s chronicle of Middle East politics, The Poisoned Well: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East, will probably find something omitted or amiss in his country-by-country assessment. Eve... Read more

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Todman’s magisterial account is less about myth busting than exploring the context in which myths take hold. Read more

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EthanMordden loves film and Broadway shows, yet is often frustrated when they meetand produce that hybrid known as the movie musical. With When Broadway Went toHollywood , the New Yorker-New York Times writer has composed a ra.. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Onpage one of Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction , film historian AshishRajadhyaksha confesses that he has not written a “proper history” of hissubject, pleading that so vast a subject cold not be contained within the.. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Simon Schama became a celebrity intellectual for his PBS series “The Power of Art,” but much of his academic work has concerned British history. With The Face of Britain: A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits, Schama brings toget... Read more

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Harmful and Undesirable: Book Censorship in Nazi Germany by Guenter Lewy goes beyond the infamy of book burnings and examines how the regime’s censorship system operated. Lewy finds squabbling and overlapping jurisdictions vying for control... Read more

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Rajan Menon, a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Institute of War and Peace Studies, is a pessimist when it comes to intervening to prevent genocides, thwart civil wars and relieve oppression. Menon’s tightly focused essay, T... Read more

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