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Escape from Earth by British historian Fraser MacDonald tries to blend science with politics and arrives at uneven results, but it’s worth reading for MacDonald’s many witty observations. Read more

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Five new books examine role of individuals in shaping America. Read more

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Simon Jenkins’ book hits the high points in a 3,000-year chronicle that begins in ancient Greece and races toward the present. Read more

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In Space Barons, Christian Davenport chronicles the failures, the successes and the thrills associated with entrepreneurs seeking to put humans back on the moon—and send them beyond. Read more

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Two new books examine causes for the fall of the Roman Republic. Are those who do not learn from history necessarily doomed to repeat it? Read more

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The Russian Revolution and its ongoing effects on the world are among the topics of recent books by dissident journalists as well as scholars. Read more

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This narrative history by British science writer Laura Spinney serves as a reminder of the greatest demographic disaster of the last century and perhaps all time. Could it happen again? Read more

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The weather is changing and the ice is melting as American politicians insist that nothing is happening. Icefall: Adventures at the Wild Edges of our Dangerous, Changing Planet by John All and John Balzar is a travelogue through the Himalay... Read more

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Although the world has become dependent on digital technology, many people are returning to the pleasure of bookstores, film photography, fountain pens and artisanal everything. In The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, tec... Read more

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Is email making you crazy? Webby Award-winning blogger Jocelyn K. Glei understands. Her snappily written Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done thoughtfully sorts through the dos and don’ts of ele... Read more

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In The New Arab Wars: Uprising and Anarchy in the Middle East, George Washington University political science professor Marc Lynch focuses on the Arab Spring, which quickly turned into a long hot summer of increased repression and violence.... Read more

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Meera Subramanian’s A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka examines India’s difficult transition from a quasi-socialist system to membership in the global econo... Read more

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In Ascent of the A-Word, UC Berkeley’s Geoffrey Nunberg discerns a significant cultural shift. Post-World War II, “phony” was the epithet of choice, but sometime in the ’70s, “asshole” elbowed it aside. Nunberg... Read more

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History seldom repeats itself but often offers a guide to what might happen next. Given the media's general incomprehension over the “Arab Spring,” the analysis by Marc Lynch, director of George Washington University's Institute for Read more

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