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Leonard Cassuto is a professor of English at Fordham University and the author of Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories, now available from Columbia University Press. He can be found on the web at www.lcassuto.com.

The Hunter and Other Stories

Reviews & Essays

The Hunter and Other Stories

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A fresh collection from the creator of Sam Spade and the Thin Man reveals a range that went beyond hard-boiled.

This Land Is Their Land

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This Land Is Their Land

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New lives of folk music legends Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years

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The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years

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A dense, imagistic book of music criticism that echoes the band's unique sound.

Bobby Fischer

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Bobby Fischer

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Harry Benson's photos capture the chess titan at the height of his powers.

A Planet of Viruses

Reviews & Essays

A Planet of Viruses

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The most abundant life form on earth holds surprising secrets about humanity.

Oliver Sacks

Interviews

Oliver Sacks

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A conversation withneurologist and bestselling author Oliver Sacks about his latest book, The Mind's Eye, an exploration of themysteries of vision.

The Disappearing Spoon

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The Disappearing Spoon

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A history of the periodic table romps playfully through the chemistry labs of the past.

The Talented Miss Highsmith

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The Talented Miss Highsmith

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The life of one of the greatest of crime writers was as darkly shadowed as any of her creations.
Lean, Mean, and High-Toned Too: Richard Stark’s Parker Novels

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Lean, Mean, and High-Toned Too: Richard Stark’s Parker Novels

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The enduring appeal of Richard Stark's dedicated crime professional, Parker.
Is God a Mathematician?

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Is God a Mathematician?

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An argument that playing with numbers is the quintessentially human trait.
Hard-Boiled Again: the World of Charles Ardai

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Hard-Boiled Again: the World of Charles Ardai

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Leonard Cassuto investigates the literary crime wave masterminded by author and publisher Charles Ardai.
The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Portrait of Your Head

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The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Portrait of Your Head

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Exploring the world inside.