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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
liked it

This was an interesting and enlightening book, but, imho, it engaged in false advertising.

Timothy Brook, an Oxford scholar, uses five Johannes Vermeer
Feb 28, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm
it was ok
I loved the subject matter of this book, but about three chapters in, I decided it just had to go back to the library because the writing was driving ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 01, 2007
The  Slave Ship: A Human History
it was amazing
Like many other overwhelming catastrophes -- the Holocaust, AIDS, the persistence of poverty -- America's history as a slave-owning nation is so hard ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 29, 2007
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
it was amazing
This was a difficult book for me to read, both because of how it was constructed and what it made me have to examine in myself.

Michael Eric Dyson, a G
Apr 07, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
it was amazing

I have read many Holocaust memoirs, but somehow had never gotten around to this short, powerful book by Elie Wiesel. It tells of his family's deportat
May 2014
May 01, 2014
Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection
it was amazing

It's hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, psychologists believed that affection between parents and children was unnecessary, and recommended
Feb 07, 2009
Feb 23, 2008
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
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If you crossed a historian, standup comedian and a blogger, you'd get Sarah Vowell.

This book on Lafayette is ostensibly built around his triumphant to
Dec 14, 2015
Dec 09, 2015
A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
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I read this for a freelance article I'm working on for Black History month, about the African American polar explorer Matthew Henson, who may or may n ...more
Jan 22, 2016
Jan 19, 2016
The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom
really liked it
Most people know about the Amistad, if they know of it at all, from Spielberg's 1997 movie. But there is much more to the story, and no one is better ...more
May 07, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
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Redniss this year got a MacArthur "genius" grant for her work, and so I decided to check out her graphic history of Marie and Pierre Curie, which she ...more
Oct 04, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
it was amazing
This book is terrific. Written by the great granddaughter of British prime minister David Lloyd-George, who headed the British delegation in the peace ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 28, 2007
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I was intrigued by Seneca because (a) I knew nothing about him and (b) I noticed his life span overlapped that of Jesus. This short volume was meant a ...more
Apr 19, 2008
Apr 03, 2008
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
it was amazing
Long before Robert Caro, a former Newsday reporter, began his seemingly endless series of Lyndon Johnson biographies (last volume is in production now ...more
Jan 1976
Aug 30, 2007
The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War
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Cashed it in early on this book. While I enjoyed some of the remembrances by surviving World War I veterans and appreciated Rubin's efforts to tie the
Jan 28, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War
really liked it

The standard history of the Civil War is that America fought a bloody war to abolish slavery and the South lost.

As Nicholas Lemann makes so clear in t
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
Blue: The History of a Color
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I just realized I had never posted this. Unlikely as it seems, this coffee table book was a fascinating look at how blue came to be the most popular c ...more
Jan 1992
Feb 11, 2008
The Maggie Murphs 1906-73: A History of Margaret Morrison Carnegie College
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I'm reading this book for a project on women who graduated from college in the Depression, and I learned a lot about the 20th century life of this wom ...more
Feb 04, 2017
Jan 17, 2017
Faces of World War I: The Great War in Words and Pictures
really liked it

I read this for a project I'm doing on the 100th anniversary of WWI. The photos are mesmerizing and sometimes absolutely gripping, particularly the de
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
Poems of Akhmatova
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I got this book after seeing a wonderful painting of Anna Akhmatova by the Russian artist Natan Altman (

Oct 2007
Oct 26, 2007
Shadow on the Land
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This book, now long out of print, was written by Franklin Roosevelt's surgeon general, Thomas Parran, in 1937 to promote his lifelong campaign against
Jul 21, 2009
Jun 14, 2009
The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret
really liked it
I highly recommend this slim and engaging book.

Seth Shulman is a science journalist who was given a chance to spend a year in residence at MIT's Dibn
Feb 15, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
Council Fires On the Upper Ohio
it was ok
I read this because, as part of a newspaper project commemorating the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark's expedition, my contribution was a story a ...more
Jul 2003
Aug 17, 2007
Born Losers: A History of Failure in America
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I read this for work on a story ( The theme is fascinating: this Carnegie Mellon history professor explores h ...more
Apr 2005
Aug 13, 2007
Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
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I read this strictly to help me get ready to edit some of our Iraq war coverage, wanting something personal about the Iraqi people. This was a mesmeri ...more
Apr 2003
Aug 20, 2007
American Presbyterians: A Pictorial History
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I read this book for a project I'm doing on Presbyterian history. It is essentially a chronological walk through American Presbyterianism from the ear
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
The Face Of Battle: A Study Of Agincourt, Waterloo And The Somme
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By examining three different famous battles from three different eras -- Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme -- military historian Keegan explores the f ...more
Mar 2005
Aug 13, 2007
Campaigning with Grant
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I really enjoyed this memoir of the Civil War. Horace Porter was an aide to Ulysses Grant, and his account, while almost worshipful of Grant, was high ...more
Jul 1997
Aug 23, 2007
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
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This is a cheater's review. I read the last three chapters of this book, plus some essays Murray has written to promote it, in preparation for intervi
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Pioneer Life In Western Pennsylvania
it was ok
Read this to prepare for doing a story on life in Western Pennsylvania when the Lewis & Clark expedition launched in 1803. This was not a great re ...more
Jul 2003
Aug 17, 2007
Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity
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This is a fascinating look at the intertwined lives of two of America's most important black abolitionists in the Civil War period.

One, Frederick Dou
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
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