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Peter Lewis is the book review editor of the Geographical Review. A selection of his work can be found at writesformoney.com.

Heart: A History

MEDICINE

Heart: A History

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Our most vital organ has one simple job -- but our relationship with it has always been complex.
Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness

SCIENCE

Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness

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The ability to render a patient insensible is a key element of modern medicine. But do we really understand how it works?
Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

LANGUAGE

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

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Journalist Emma Byrne offers science to demonstrate why a stubbed toe demands nothing short of "@#!&%!"
The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers

NATURE

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers

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Adam Nicholson argues that the creatures who make a home between ocean and sky have a great deal to teach us -- if they can survive.
Weapons in the Wind

HISTORY

Weapons in the Wind

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Two books examine the history -- and disturbing present -- of chemical weapons.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent

CURRENT EVENTS

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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Two new books look at the flaws in the American criminal justice system. Can they be repaired? Review by Peter Lewis.
Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

IDEAS

Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

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Philosophy seem like a dry subject? A tour through its "revolutionary era" in comics format may change your mind. Review by Peter Lewis.
Havana

CULTURAL HISTORY

Havana

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Mark Kurlansky takes his idiosyncratic approach to history on a trip to Cuba's fabled capital. Review by Peter Lewis.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

CRIME

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

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David Grann looks back at a string of sinister deaths that plagued Oklahoma's Osage community in the 1920s. Review by Peter Lewis.
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

BEYOND CATEGORY

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

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How one new arrival to Manhattan fell in love both with its nocturnal charms and one of its most distinguished residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
Refinery Town

BUSINESS

Refinery Town

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A look at the impact of the petroleum industry on one American city yields a portrait of a community struggling to put its future in the hands of its residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
The Undoing Project

PSYCHOLOGY

The Undoing Project

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Why are even experts so poor at making predictions? Our minds, says Michael Lewis in his new book, are playing tricks on us. Review by Peter Lewis.