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Merry sweeps aside his best ideas with a torrent of clipped anecdotes, capsule critiques, and synoptic renderings.

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The Myth of the Londoner

A sentimental attachment to the idea of “the Londoner” gets the better of these historians.

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As "part-returnee and part-tourist" Noo Saro-Wiwa chronicles Nigeria's path to globalism.

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Revolutionary Road

John Dramani Mahama, whose memoir My First Coup d’Etat shows an uncommon literary ambition, in late July became the new president of Ghana.

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Fitly Spoken

Alexander Tsesis's loving history of the Declaration of Independence is profoundly Lincolnian in story and premise.

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The Full Scale of It

Antony Beevor’s forte as a military historian is that he manifests such a wide range of historical sympathy and historical imagination. But none of it

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The old regime of broadcast journalism is now passing, or has passed. The average age of a TV network news viewer is over sixty. We are now about two

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In 1871, Los Angeles was still a sleepy town, not even on the radar of most Californians. It was the real-life Deadwood of the West: twenty years ear

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Kate Summerscale’s new book has neither that page-by-page excitement nor so formidable a collection of historical personages as characters as her earl

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"No poetry after Auschwitz,” said Adorno. Except for Chaplin—who said that he wouldn’t have made The Great Dictator had he known about the Holocaust—f

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