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The American State Constitutional Tradition by John J. Dinan
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Like many books that recount constitutional debates, this one can be tedious and predictable. Delegates to constitutional conventions spend paragraphs explaining that legislatures can be overbearing, that minorities can be oppressed by majorities (or ...more
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The Rise of Southern Republicans by Earl Black
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Earl and Merle Black are right that the rise of Republicans in the American South is the consequential political shift of the 20th century. After all, the 11 states of the old Confederacy include almost 90 million people, about a third of all ...more
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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
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This book takes it slow for the first 200 pages. It opens with an extended look at the Cultural Revolution in China, with Ye Wenjei, a young physics student and daughter of academics, facing the horrors of living as a class enemy. Then the book ...more
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An Economist Walks Into a Brothel by Allison Schrager
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This book is best read as a primer on basic risk and reward analysis in economics. Most concepts, like the diversification of risk, the difference between systematic and idiosyncratic risk, the difference between hedging and insurance, will not be ...more
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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
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This book takes it slow for the first 200 pages. It opens with an extended look at the Cultural Revolution in China, with Ye Wenjei, a young physics student and daughter of academics, facing the horrors of living as a class enemy. Then the book ...more
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This book takes it slow for the first 200 pages. It opens with an extended look at the Cultural Revolution in China, with Ye Wenjei, a young physics student and daughter of academics, facing the horrors of living as a class enemy. Then the book ...more
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The Many Panics of 1837 by Jessica M. Lepler
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This book shows what a dedicated financial historian can accomplish by assiduous perusal of the archives. In this case, such a historian can offer new insights into one of the most important crises of the 19th century, and show why even many people ...more
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The Days of the French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert
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As some reviewers have pointed out, Hibbert often spends pages of this book dealing with a few minutes of the French Revolution (a detailed account of an assassination, or an attack on a palace), but then spends just a sentence or two on big, ...more
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Building Jerusalem by Tristram Hunt
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This is less a history of Victorian cities than an intellectual history of Victorians' relationship to modernity and industrialization, of which, of course, cities were one important part. It's rambling, but rarely boring.

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