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Richard Ellis on Dinosaurs

A revelatory new book by Scott D. Sampson, one of our leading dinosaur paleontologists, suggests we have much to learn about extinction, global warming and energy flow from the biological experience of the charismatic beasts that roamed the Earth more than 60 million years ago.

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Troy Jollimore on Karen Armstrong’s ‘The Case for God’

Have nonbelievers misunderstood, even as they have mocked, the very concept of God—a concept that has more to do with practice than belief?

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Fred Branfman on ‘The Making of an Elder Culture’

In Theodore Roszak’s spirited new manifesto, he calls on aging baby boomers to rekindle their youthful idealism and remake America.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Claire Wasserman on Europe’s Islamic Immigrants

Christopher Caldwell explores in his recent book what he terms Islam’s “adversary culture” now challenging Europe’s own sense of historical identity.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Marc Cooper on the Fate of Cesar Chavez’s Dream

In her important new book, Miriam Pawel chronicles how a movement to unionize farmworkers failed to realize its charismatic founder’s vision as his relatives turned a union into a family business.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


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D.J. Waldie on the Cult of Baseball

“The Opposite Field,” a memoir by Jesse Katz, is a moving meditation about baseball, politics, and the unease of negotiating a new kind of American place.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Jonathan Kirsch on ‘The Woman Who Named God’

Is the biblical tale of Hagar “a creation story as important as the Garden of Eden,” as Charlotte Gordon argues in her provocative new book?

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Michael Kazin on Dorothea Lange and the Great Depression

Two new books explore the cultural achievements of the 1930s that continue to shape the American imagination.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Tracy Quan on Class Anxieties

Julian Fellowes’ novel “Past Imperfect” provides a compelling fictive crossroads where the myths and realities of class collide.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Eve Pell on Old Money and Its Discontents

Tad Friend’s vivid memoir offers an insider’s guide to the peculiar anthropological habits of America’s now nearly extinct WASP ruling establishment.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


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