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Know Thine Enemy by Edward Shirley
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"Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey Into Revolutionary Iran" has a misleading subtitle. It really should be called "A Former Spy's Journey Into Post-Revolutionary Iran." That criticism aside, however, this fictionalized account of former CIA case offi ...more
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The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
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How does the Spanish quest for gold explain inflation? What role did cotton bonds play in the fall of the Confederacy (and Britain's conquest of Egypt)? Why are squatters in third world countries sitting on $9 trillion in property assets? If any of t ...more
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The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty by Buster Olney
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The Yankees from 1996-2001 are arguably the only baseball team since the introduction of the free agent system that can be called a dynasty. Their achievements during that time – multiple World Series, two perfect games, one of the winningest records ...more
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Refiner's Fire by Mark Helprin
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Mark Helprin's "Refiner's Fire" is one of the most original fictional books I have ever read. Written in a whimsical, almost magical, style, the book begins with the main character, Marshall Pearl, ailing in a Haifa Hospital, gravely wounded from an ...more
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Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist by Yossi Klein Halevi
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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This is a book that can only be described as magisterial. Epic in length, engrossing in its details, Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton has to be the authoritative account of the great man’s life. At nearly 800 pages, it covers his unique ...more
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The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
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Supreme Conflict by Jan Crawford Greenburg
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Jan Crawford Greenburg's new book Supreme Conflict has to be one of the best reviewed books in recent memory. Reviewers everywhere praise its judiciousness, its revelations and its account of the battle over the Supreme Court. Those reviewers are rig ...more
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Manhunt by James L. Swanson
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Manhunt by James L. Swanson is a fast-paced and well-told story of the twelve days it took to find and arrest the conspirators behind the murder of Abraham Lincoln and attempted murder of William Steward. The head assassin, of course, was John Wilke
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