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Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

The creator of the world's most mysterious work of art was himself an open book. Michael O'Donnell reviews Walter Isaacson's life of the Renaissance genius.
“Without Extinction is Liberty”

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“Without Extinction is Liberty”

By Steve King ×

2017 marks the centennial of one of the most significant civil protests in U.S. history, Alice Paul's "Silent Sentinels."
The Dunkirk Spirit

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The Dunkirk Spirit

By Tom Carson ×

In the wake of Christopher Nolan's film version of the iconic rescue of British forces comes Michael Korda's account. Review by Tom Carson
Great Reading on the High Seas: Linnea Hartsuyker

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Great Reading on the High Seas: Linnea Hartsuyker

Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review ×

The author of the new Viking epic "The Half-Drowned King" on the best high-seas reading.
Proust, Hardy, and Spam: 10 Things I Learned About Literature from Monty Python

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Proust, Hardy, and Spam: 10 Things I Learned About Literature from Monty Python

By Chris Barsanti ×

Why growing up obsessed with world's most literate comedy troupe ought to be worth college credit. By Chris Barsanti.
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics

HISTORY

Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

The notion of "austerity" has returned to political conversations about the fate of America's cities. Kim Phillips-Fein looks back at the the lessons offered by New York's economic crisis of the...
History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

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History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

What does it mean to remove a place from the map? In Filip Springer's work of imaginative reconstruction, a once-vital town -- wracked by the trauma of war and worse -- is reconstructed from...
City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

HISTORY

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

In the "Affair of the Poisons," a decade-long scandal of sex, murder and wild conspiracy ran through Louis XIV's like a fever. Review by Tom Carson.
Burke’s Warning

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Burke’s Warning

By Steve King ×

On this day in 1790, Edmund Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in France" surveyed the political turmoil across the English Channel, and prophesied the rise of a military strongman.
Hero of the Empire

A READING LIFE

Hero of the Empire

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

At the turn of the twentieth century, an ambitious young Briton named Winston Churchill set off to war in Africa. Candice Millard tells the story of his capture and unlikely escape. Review by...
Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit that Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

HISTORY

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit that Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

The author of "Agent Zigzag" and "A Spy Among Friends" turns to the history of Britain's unconventional, improvisational paratroopers. Review by Peter Lewis.
Hot Line Ring

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Hot Line Ring

By Steve King ×

On this day in 1963, the Moscow-Washington "hot line" became operational, in the hopes that nuclear catastrophe could be avoided by direct communication.