February 19, 2019

Rediscovering the great 16th-century Netherlandish painter

Bruegel: The Master by Elke Oberthaler, Sabine Pènot, Manfred Sellink, Ron Spronk, and Alice Hoppe-Harnoncourt, Thames & Hudson, US $60.00, Pp 304, December 2018, ISBN 978-0500239841 Four hundred and fifty […]
February 18, 2019

Media in the age of Trump

Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson, Simon & Schuster, US $30.00, Pp 534, February 2019, ISBN 978-1501123207 Mainstream media in […]
February 14, 2019

How the electric guitar was born

  The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll by Ian S. Port, Scribner, US 28.00,   Pp 352, […]
February 12, 2019

Must-read novels for this winter

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley, Harper, US $26.99, Pp 272, January 2019 ISBN 978-0062476692 The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib, St. Martin’s Press, US $27.99, […]
February 12, 2019

Trump’s victory was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America’s ruling class

Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution by Tucker Carlson, Free Press/Simon & Schuster, US $28.00, Pp 304, October […]
February 7, 2019

Are we living in late capitalism?

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties by Paul Collier, Harper, US $29.99, Pp 248, December 2018, ISBN 978-0062748652 Every time capitalism faces a serious crisis, […]
February 7, 2019

Must-read thrillers and crime novels for this winter

Scrublands by Chris Hammer, Atria Books, US $26.99, Pp 384, January 2019, ISBN 978-1501196744 Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken, Ecco, US $27.99, Pp 372, February 2019, ISBN 978-0062862853 The Stranger […]
February 6, 2019

The untold story of the United States

Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America by Brian F. Haara, University of Nebraska Press, US $28.95, Pp 184, November 2018, ISBN 978-1640120853 Most of us have […]
February 4, 2019

Etiquette in the time of social change

What Would Mrs. Astor Do?: The Essential Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age by Cecelia Tichi, New York University Press, US $24.95, Pp […]
February 4, 2019

Best novels to read this winter

Golden State by Ben H. Winters, Mulholland Books, US $28.00, Pp 324, January 2019, ISBN  978-0316505413 The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US […]
February 1, 2019

Revisiting World War I

The Generals’ War: Operational Level Command on the Western Front in 1918 by David T. Zabecki, Indiana University Press, US $45.00, Pp 430, September 2018, ISBN 978-0253037015 Although […]
January 27, 2019

Chasing the shadows of Nazi scientists

Sam Goudsmit and the Hunt for Hitler’s Atom Bomb by Martijn Van Calmthout, Michiel Horn (Translator), Prometheus Books, US $24.00, Pp 244, November 2018, ISBN 978-1633884502 As World War […]
January 27, 2019

Pamper yourself the Jewish way

The Jewelled Table: Cooking, Eating & Entertaining the Middle Eastern Way by Bethany Kehdy, Nassima Rothacker (Photographer), Hardie Grant, US $35.00, Pp 272, September 2018, ISBN 978-1784881672 The Middle East […]
January 25, 2019

How Social Media is killing expertise

   The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols, Oxford University Press,    US $24.95, Pp 252, October 2018, ISBN […]
January 24, 2019

When Romans traded their Republic for an autocracy

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny by Edward J. Watts, Basic Books/The Perseus Books Group, US $32.00, Pp 336, November 2018, ISBN 978-0465093816 In the 30-20 […]