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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
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“City of Stairs,” by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway, 2014). This is China Mieville country: a brilliantly conceived, paradoxical world that is fully realized. For hundreds of years the Continentals ruled the world, including the nation of Saypur. T
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Superior by Angela Saini
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“Superior: The return of race science,” by Angela Saini (Penguin Random House, 2019). A very quirky, irritating, intriguing, contentious book that finally did convince me. The argument is that in recent years there has been a resurgence of racism sup
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Semiosis by Sue Burke
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“Semiosis,” by Sue Burke (Tor, 2018). This is a surprisingly original book (surprising perhaps only to me). The concept is not unusual: humans on a distant planet encounter alien species and must learn to cope. The surprise is the nature of the alien ...more
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El Norte by Carrie Gibson
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“El Norte: the epic and forgotten story of Hispanic North America,” by Carrie Gibson (Grove/Atlantic Monthly, 2019). This was an eye-opener for me, although its foundation has always been in the back of my historical mind. In essence, the Spanish and ...more
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Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
Fools and Mortals
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“Fools and Mortals,” by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins, 2017; audiobook). William Shakespeare had a brother named Richard, 10 years younger than he. There is nothing about him in the historical record, other than that he died in 1613, age 39. So Ber
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Saltation by Sharon Lee
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“Saltation,” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Baen, 2010). This is one of a series of novels taking place in the Liaden Universe, which I don’t fully understand and don’t worry about much. It feels like a Young Adult novel. It’s pretty much a contempo ...more
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Antisemitism by Deborah E. Lipstadt
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“Antisemitism Here and Now,” by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Schocken, 2019). Lipstadt, of course, is the tough, brilliant historian who was sued for libel by David Irving. She called him a Holocaust denier; he sued her; she demolished him at trial. Rachel W
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The Jewish American Paradox by Robert Mnookin
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“The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing choice in a changing world,” by Robert H. Mnookin (Public Affairs, 2018). Mnookin is a negotiator, director of the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and an expert on conflict resolution. Here he looks at one of t ...more
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The Darkest Year by William K. Klingaman
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“The Darkest Year: the American home front, 1941-1942,” by William K. Klingaman (St. Martins, 2019). Klingaman presents a portrait of the United States in the year after Pearl Harbor from a perspective I have not encountered before. In my popular his
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The Siege by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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“The Siege,” by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Random House, 2013). Meticulously researched account of a (to me) little-known part of history during the Napoleonic Wars: The French besiege Cadiz in 1811. Police Comisario Rogelio Tizón is trying to solve the m
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