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Hero

Some historical figures become more fascinating with each passing decade, and Lawrence of Arabia is one. As Middle Eastern issues continue to bedevil international relations, the magnificently stirring life of this English adventurer—brilliantly recounted here by Michael Korda—seems ever more relevant, and ever more mysterious.

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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.

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Madison and Jefferson

This refreshing dual biography of the third and fourth Presidents of the U.S., by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, depicts these Founders not as plaster saints, but as feisty young idealists—and pals, strivers, and conquerors to boot.

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William Golding

Controversially including accounts of an early incident of rape committed by the author of Lord of the Flies, this biography fills out the lopsided portrait of a writer whose subsequent novels never attained the fame of his first, but still earned him a Nobel Prize. Read more...

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Bonhoeffer

A Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a trenchant modern theologian, as his books—Ethics and The Cost of Discipleship, to name two—amply testify. Eric Metaxas's meticulously researched biography reveals that he was also a figure of extraordinary moral courage in Nazi Germany. A riveting story of historical and spiritiual import. Read more...

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The Hypchondriacs

Eminent hypochondriacs -- Charlotte Brontë, James Boswell, Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Daniel Paul Schreber, Marcel Proust, Alice James, Glenn Gould, and Andy Warhol -- examined with care by a thoughtful writer. Read more...

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Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life

This examination of what remains of the Führer’s collection -- from works by Fichte and Henry Ford to The Art of Becoming a Speaker in Few Hours -- is fascinating. Now in paperback. Read more...

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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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