Intellectual Life and the American South

Few historians writing today are able to marshal, as Michael O'Brien can, formidable literary gifts to complement their scholarly acumen. The author of the recent Mrs. Adams in Winter, O'Brien here offers a welcome abridgment of his two-volume, Bancroft Prize-winning Conjectures of Order, an illuminating exploration of the intellectual and cultural life of the Old South.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.