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Reviews & Essays

The First Detective

How a former burglar and prison escape artist founded the police force as we know it.

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A World on Fire

A British writer puts the spectacle of the American Civil War on a transatlantic stage.

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In Brief

The Last Gunfight

The real story behind the storied showdown in a Tombstone, Arizona vacant lot.

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A Reading Life

Reveille in Washington: 1860-1865

Rediscovering a majestic, sardonic portrait of the nation's capital, half finished and plunged into war.

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In Brief

Berlin 1961

In one of the Cold War's most resonant skirmishes, Nikita Khruschev  put the new American leadership to the test.

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A Reading Life

In the Garden of Beasts

An American family gets pulled into the maelstrom of Nazi terror. 

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In Brief

Moral Combat

A noted historian of the Third Reich offers "a moral history of the Second World War."

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The Origins of Political Order

A grand attempt to map the birth and development of modern government.

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The Birth of Classical Europe

The grand old history of names, narratives, and nations returns in the newest volume in the Penguin History of Europe.

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Punching Out

Taking apart an auto plant, after the last workers have been let go.

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The Thinking Read

The Berlin-Baghdad Express

The story of a German-Turkish railroad and Ottoman Empire's entry into World War I eerily foreshadows today's conflicts in the Middle East.

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The Great Divorce

The true story of one mother's crusade to reclaim her children sheds light on the history of a famous religious sect, and women's struggle for legal rights.

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In Brief

Fur, Fortune, and Empire

A new history of the fur trade in America puts the trapper at the center of our nation’s emergence onto the world stage.

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Dark Harbor

The shadowy allure of New York City's once-vibrant port, and the scandal that inspired On the Waterfront.

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Trials of the Diaspora

A lawyer assembles a remarkably detailed history of English anti-Semitism, from the Middle Ages to the present.

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