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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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Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits by Jack Murnighan
Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits

s_harrison, May 22, 2009

This is an excellent book--it's funny, witty and easy to read. While the author clearly wants to inspire you to read the classics, after reading his book you might not have to. It's sort of like adult Cliffs Notes from an intelligent, well-read comedian.

I actually disagree with the Publisher's Weekly review—I think a lot of people would like the book, not just those who are already familiar with the classics. Since it gives you an summary/overview of all each book plus extra tidbits (best line, what you don't know but should, a section called "the buzz," and even "what's sexy") it's relevant for anyone who wants to be (or just seem) well read.
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