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Robert Messenger is the Books Editor of The Wall Street Journal.

In Tearing Haste

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In Tearing Haste

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The correspondence betweenMitford sister and intrepid travel writer captures two fascinating personalitiesat work and play.

The Hard Way Around

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The Hard Way Around

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A master biographer goes in pursuit of Joshua Slocum, first solo voyager around the globe and author of the classic Sailing Alone Around the World.

Empires of the Indus

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Empires of the Indus

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2,000 miles down the Indus with a writer stepping in the literary footsteps of Leigh Fermor and Chatwin.

The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

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The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

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A new edition of one of the world's most brilliant works of bookmaking puts a dazzling vision on display.

Caravaggio: Complete Work

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Caravaggio: Complete Work

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A triumphant new collection brings together the paintings of an artist of great mystery -- and perhaps greater genius.
Unpacking My Library

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Unpacking My Library

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Architects uncover the foundations of their thinking in this revealing look at how they build their book collections.
The Best Art & Illustrated Books of 2009

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The Best Art & Illustrated Books of 2009

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Among the year's most memorable: the collected paintings of a Romantic master and the pictorial chronicle of a lost world of night and music. Selected by Robert Messenger.

The War That Killed Achilles

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The War That Killed Achilles

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Caroline Alexander journeys back to the mother of all battles.
The Way of the World

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The Way of the World

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In Francophone countries, Nicolas Bouvier (1929–98) has the reputation of Bruce Chatwin: stylist extraordinaire and philosopher of travel.
The Hermès Scarf

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The Hermès Scarf

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A collection of designs from the celebrated firm highlights the visual splendor hidden in a scarf's folds.

How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower

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How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower

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Modern scholarship uncovers the surprisingly long-lived twilight of Roman civilization.
1848: The Year of Revolution

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1848: The Year of Revolution

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In one heady year, the "revolution of the intellectuals" changed the face of Europe -- and left an uncertain legacy.