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Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America by David S. Reynolds
As the obsolescence and even the demise of the book are widely foretold, it is all the more important -- and comforting -- to recognize how a book can change the world. It is hard to think of many that have done so more emphatically than Uncle Tom's Cabin. Lincoln is famously said to have greeted...
Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent by John Reader
There is no more tragic vegetable than the potato. Originating in the Peruvian Andes, it was first domesticated by the Quechua-speaking peoples, who could not help but become reliant on a highly nutritional foodstuff that could be grown in large quantities on small plots in regions inhospitable to...
Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany by Rudolph Herzog
Perhaps in response to the events of September 11, and the subsequent decade of terror attacks and the media spectacles made out of them, we seem desperate now to laugh. Mainstream comedy films often demolish box office records while movies that delve into the more tenebrous realities of existence...
Retromania Signed Edition by Simon Reynolds
"Who wants yesterday's papers?" sang Mick Jagger in 1967. "Who wants yesterday's girl?" The answer, in the Swinging 60s, was obvious: "Nobody in the world." That was then. Now we seem to want nothing more than to read yesterday's papers and carry on with yesterday's girl. Popular culture has become ...
Intellectuals Incorporated: Politics, Art, and Ideas Inside Henry Luce's Media Empire (Politics and Culture in Modern America) by Robert Vanderlan
Circles are integral to the romance of intellectual history, and magazines are integral to the history of intellectual circles. The New York intellectuals had Partisan Review and Commentary; T.S. Eliot created The Criterion and Sartre created Les Temps Modernes; Moscow's intellectuals had Novy Mir...
Druggist of Auschwitz by Dieter Schlesak
In the spring of 2002, with the September 11 attacks not far in the past and the Second Intifada still ongoing, New York magazine published a remarkable story by Amy Wilentz heralding the revival of Jewish fear. What made the piece especially memorable is that while all the concrete fears Wilentz...
The Sea: A Cultural History by John Mack
The most unfortunate feature of John Mack's new book is its subtitle. I can only hope that "A Cultural History" was the work of an editorial assistant who feared that Mack's effort would be sequestered on a shelf of academic or scientific tomes unless some popular tag were attached. Since cultural...
No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf by Carolyn Burke
Daffy Duck, plotting giddily to out-maneuver Bugs Bunny, takes a crowbar to the signs announcing "Duck Season Open" in the establishing scene of Chuck Jones's great Looney Tunes cartoon Duck! Rabbit, Duck! Our cue to the futility of the scheme, the detail that makes Daffy's cluelessness apparent...
The Long Night: William L. Shirer and the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Steve Wick
William L. Shirer, born in 1904, was one of the twentieth century's great reporters. He witnessed many of the key events of the 1930s in Europe at first hand and wrote and broadcast about them in a graphic and accessible style, making their complexities comprehensible to his readers and listeners...
Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre
The week I opened up John le Carre's latest bitter excavation of the spiritual affinities of criminal Russians and their Western counterparts, ten Russian spies under deep cover for somewhat indeterminate purposes were rounded up in America. Meanwhile, in Siberia, the mayor of a fishing village on...
The Bible Now by Richard Elliott Friedman
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
Edward Bancroft: Scientist, Author, Spy by Thomas J. Schaeper
Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin
India: A Portrait by Patrick French
Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition by James T. Kloppenberg
Age of Deception by Mohamed ElBaradei
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Eugene Fish
Spain: A Unique History by Stanley G. Payne
The Use and Abuse of Literature by Marjorie Garber
Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life by Nick Phillipson
Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition by David Garland
Elizabeth Bishop and the New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence by Joelle Biele
Selected Prose Works by C. P. Cavafy
The English Opium Eater: A Biography of Thomas de Quincey by Robert Morrison
Caribou Island by David Vann
Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States: His Own Words by Theodore Roosevelt
Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
What Ever Happened to Modernism? by Gabriel Josipovici
Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years by David James Smith
Silver Roses (Karen & Michael Braziller Books) by Rachel Wetzsteon
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch
First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre
Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson
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