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Brian Sandberg, “Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010)


Brian Sandberg‘s Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) significantly revises our understanding of early modern military culture and absolutism.


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 2013-07-15  56m
 
 

Berit Brogaard, “Transient Truths: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Propositions” (Oxford UP, 2012)


Propositions are key players in philosophy of language and mind. Roughly speaking, they are abstract repositories of meaning and truth. More specifically, they are the semantic values of truth-evaluable sentences; they are the objects of belief,


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 2013-07-15  1h1m
 
 

Andrew J. Taylor, “Congress: A Performance Appraisal” (Westview Press 2013)


Andrew J. Taylor is the author of Congress: A Performance Appraisal (Westview Press, 2013). Taylor is professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University.


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 2013-07-15  27m
 
 

Anne-Marie O’Connor, “The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” (Knopf, 2012)


Reporter Anne-Marie O’Connor uses the iconic gold portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer to engage us in the exciting cultural life of fin-de-siecle Vienna, where wealthy Jewish patrons supported the work of ground-breaking artists,


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 2013-07-12  1h0m
 
 

Beverly Bossler, “Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity” (Harvard-Yenching Institute, 2013)


Beverly Bossler‘s new book will be required reading for anyone interested in women and gender in China’s history. Covering nearly five centuries of transformations, it also offers a fascinating rethinking of the histories of neo-Confucian thought,


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 2013-07-11  58m
 
 

Lisa Olstein, “Little Stranger” (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)


In Little Stranger (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), Lisa Olstein‘s poems are concerned with the tension between the public and the personal and how the former bullies its way into the latter. Olstein’s book is both provoked into existence and inspired by o...


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 2013-07-11  1h18m
 
 

Elaine Richardson, “PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life” (New City Community Press/Parlor Press, 2013)


Elaine Richardson recounts the Jamaican mother wit that her “mama dished out…in artless artful sayings” but that Richardson “tried to desperately dismiss” in her new literacy narrative. Yet, it is those sayings that undergird Richardson’s theorizing ab...


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 2013-07-11  51m
 
 

John O. McGinnis, “Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance Through Technology” (Princeton UP, 2013)


The advent of very powerful computers and the Internet have not “changed everything,” but it has created a new communications context within which almost everything we do will be somewhat changed. One of the “things we do” is governance, that is,


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 2013-07-10  1h0m
 
 

John Earl Haynes, et al., “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America” (Yale UP, 2009)


For decades, the American Right and Left argued about the degree to which the KGB infiltrated the U.S. political and scientific establishment. The Right said “A lot”; the Left said “Much less than you think.


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 2013-07-10  1h0m
 
 

Peter Hansen, “The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment” (Harvard University Press, 2013)


Scholars have pointed to various historical ingredients they see as necessary for the development of modern sport: political changes that allowed people to form associations, the rise of competitive capitalism,


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 2013-07-09  44m