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A Knightly Life, Not Legend

Posted 2/3/2015 in Book Reviews

The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones (Ecco) tells of real knightly bravery.

Strange Sex, Familiar Sex

Posted 1/29/2015 in Book Reviews

Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction (Bloomsbury Sigma) by Jules Howard is a review of how those others do it.

A Grand Scientific Achievement

Posted 1/22/2015 in Book Reviews

Earth's Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters (University of Chicago Press) by Martin J. S. Rudwick gives the scientific history of geochronology.

Richard III, Freed from the Parking Lot

Posted 1/13/2015 in Book Reviews

Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (Thames and Hudson) by Mike Pitts details an archaeological miracle.

Fighting for Religious Freedom for Fighters

Posted 1/10/2015 in Book Reviews

Bonnie Weinstein in To the Far Right Christian Hater (Rare Bird Books) gives examples of religious hatred directed toward making the military more Christian.

Citizens Opposing Nazi Tyranny

Posted 1/6/2015 in Book Reviews

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France (HarperCollins) by Caroline Moorehead informs and inspires.

Scandal Strikes Marie Antoinette

Posted 12/29/2014 in Book Reviews

How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair (Da Capo Press) by Jonathan Beckman makes lively an old scandal.

Medieval Views of Jews

Posted 12/23/2014 in Book Reviews

Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography (Metropolitan Books) by Sara Lipton gives a history of increasingly unpleasant pictures.

A Cinematic and Racial Milestone

Posted 12/18/2014 in Book Reviews

The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War (PublicAffairs) by Dick Lehr is preparation for the centenary of a great, flawed film.

The Hell of America

Posted 12/15/2014 in Book Reviews

Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction (Oxford University Press) by Kathryn Gin Lum shows the American version of a scare story.


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