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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons: The Backstayge Story of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding by David Pollock
Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons: The Backstayge Story of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding

Thomas Kirby, June 3, 2013

This book is a fascinating biography of my favorite team of radio comedians. It talks about their start in radio, the progress of their careers, and enough of their families to keep you informed without being overly snoopy. Their army careers are covered as well. I would hate to work in the same building as them and have to keep a straight face, especially if they KNEW you had to keep a straight face!
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Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Thomas Kirby, September 4, 2012

An interesting book about the development of the atomic bomb. I liked the book, but I only gave it 4 stars because I thought it glossed over a few important events. However, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. There is no complicated math or science to keep the casual reader from enjoying the book.
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Funny Trail Tales: Outdoor Humor for All Ages by Amy Kelley Hoitsma
Funny Trail Tales: Outdoor Humor for All Ages

Thomas Kirby, August 21, 2012

There was one story which probably was not good "for all ages", discussing how to do your business in the woods, but the book was very funny, with stories from today's travel and outdoor writers, with a very funny selection from Mark Twain. With the inclusion of Mark Twain, I guess the book now counts as fine literature. My only complaint was that the book was not long enough.
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The Mammoth Book of Weird But True by Geoff Tibballs
The Mammoth Book of Weird But True

Thomas Kirby, August 10, 2012

This is a funny book of weird news items, with some items not being suitable for the squeamish. I didn't notice any that I knew to be urban legends, so I guess the "true" part of the title is reasonably accurate. All the stories were less than a page long, with several stories per page, but this fits my preferred style of reading during my commute on public transit.
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Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics by R. S. Gilmore
Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

Thomas Kirby, August 2, 2012

The book is an amusing explanation of quantum physics. There were a few concepts that didn't stick with me, but for the most part, I got the ideas. Science can be fun!
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