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.

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.

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