Piazza San Marco

A marvelous addition to Harvard University Press's lovely Wonders of the World series, celebrating the history and atmosphere of Venice's great public square.

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.