Beauty and dread in the quartets Shostakovich created in Stalin's shadow.
The legendary mathematician
and his tragic fate.
A new life of one of the great masters of Hollywood spectacle, a restless and reckless pursuer of excess.
The Red Planet has inspired
scientific fantasies ranging from little green men to monstrous canal-builders.
versions of San Francisco, in the form of revelatory, provocative maps.
The poet remembered for his
witty treatment of love lived on the razor's edge of 17th-century
Was the pig roast the most
important discovery Europeans made in the New World?
The award-winning novelist
on the suffering in her Haitian birthplace, and the role of the immigrant
An argument that one of the core beliefs of our age was only recently invented.
A cultural historian tracks the rise and rise of the culture of fame, from Byron to Cary Grant and beyond.
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