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How We Understood Weather

Posted about 1 hour ago in Book Reviews

The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Peter Moore is an engaging story of remarkable personalities.

The First Revolutionary Scientific Change

Posted 7/26/2015 in Book Reviews

Galileo's Telescope: A European Story (Harvard University Press) by Massimo Bucciantini, Michele Camerota, and Franco Giudice tells just how jarring Galileo's discoveries were.

Brick Pix

Posted 7/20/2015 in Book Reviews

Brick (Phaidon Press), edited by William Hall, features stunning pictures of bricks at work and play.

The Great Shame

Posted 7/15/2015 in Book Reviews

So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Riverhead Books) by Jon Ronson shows how internet users punish.

The Hoax That Panicked America; Or Not

Posted 7/7/2015 in Book Reviews

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News (Hill and Wang) by A. Brad Schwartz explains what really happened during the Martian invasion.

Now You See It, ....

Posted 7/4/2015 in Book Reviews

Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen (University of Chicago Press) by Philip Ball gives a history of an inescapably enticing idea.

Moby-Dick's Roots

Posted 6/23/2015 in Book Reviews

Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick by Owen Chase is newly produced in a handsome illustrated volume.

In Adam's Fall, Sinned We All?

Posted 6/16/2015 in Book Reviews

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World (Counterpoint) by James Boyce gives the history of an influential bad idea.

Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, and the Continuing Fascination of the Alice Books

Posted 6/11/2015 in Book Reviews

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland (Harvard University Press), by Robert Douglas-Fairchild fills out a childhood classic.

Escaping North Korea

Posted 5/28/2015 in Book Reviews

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom (Viking) by Blaine Harden is a dual history.


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