Kingdom Under Glass

A taxidermist action hero? That's the only characterization we can give to the over-stuffed, exotic, dangerous life of Carl Akeley (1864-1926), the Indiana-Jones-style adventurer responsible for such landmark scholarly exhibits as the American Museum of Natural History's Africa dioramas. Jay Kirk's rousing biography follows Akeley across several continents in his pursuit of science—and thrills.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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