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A Smart But Brief Look at the Undervalued Half of the World’s Population

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? is a sharply written book on economics for people who aren't economists.

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Finding the ‘Art’ in Historical Fiction and Narrative History

Christopher Bram's sincere love for historical storytelling is contagious.

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Barbara Freese Reminds Us: Power Over Nature Is Bought at a Great Price

This new edition of Coal is a compulsively readable history of how coal made the modern world, and of modern attempts to to make a world without coal.

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‘The Statesman and the Storyteller’: The Imperatives of State and the Imperatives of Conscience

Mark Zwonitzer's work offers a searing and sobering exploration of how America’s imperialist century opened: just as brutally as it would end.

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Who Doesn’t Love the Smell of New Book?

"The sensual experience of reading still exerts its hold on us, as does the desire to represent and display our knowledge, attitudes, and passions on our bookshelves."

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‘Empire of Things’ Is Both an Epic and a Necessary Look at Consumer Culture

Trentmann's historical analysis of consumption manages to be both depressing about our habits and hopeful about change.

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‘The Restless Clock’ Will Have You Pondering the Matter of Matter

History of science professor Dr. Jessica Riskin examines how we banished agency from the science of living things.

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Who Are You Calling ‘White Trash’?

White Trash serves as an opening statement on the long ignored presence of class within a country that prides itself on freedom and equality for all.

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Politics Is War in ‘All the Way’

All the Way showcases the ways in which LBJ’s fight to pass the Civil Rights Act resonates with the current political climate.

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Ross Posnock Explores Why Artists so Frequently Renounce the Tenets of Their Art

Renunciation is a richly textured and highly original exploration of the artistic impulse.

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Whatever the Future May Hold, Paper Has a Rich History

The Paper Trail makes the case that paper is one of history's most revolutionary technologies even as its contemporary importance fades.

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Never Again, Until Next Time

David Rieff's exploratory work in In Praise of Forgetting seeks to map the ways in which historical memory acts upon us and can be acted upon.

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Howard Means’ ‘67 Shots’ Crucially Reminds Us That We Can’t Always Trust Those in Charge

Tension and painful memories still hang over Kent State, 46 years after the state-sanctioned murder of students, as does the warning it conveys.

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Yeshua Confronts His Daddy Issues in ‘Last Days in the Desert’

In between exchanges with the Devil, Yeshua comes in contact with other folks in the desert, people plainly provided to embody lessons for this troubled son.

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‘Ahmedabad’ Is Characterized by Uncertainty and Suspicion

Ahmedabad is not a history or even a thorough study, but an unassuming glimpse at the forces that have most profoundly shaped the modern landscape of the city.

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‘Éamon de Valera’: From Irish Rebel to Politician

This compact study of a man many worshiped and as many despised will serve readers wanting more facts, if less wit.

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‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Tells of an L.A. Before the Kids From Orange County Arrived

They had the neutron bomb, The Masque, and all the youthful energy you'd ever want to muster. What became of the early L.A. punks, then?

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‘Elvis & Nixon’ and Histories and Fates Captured in a Photo

Even as this film gets bogged down in jokes and speculations, it makes the point that performance is its own kind of truth.

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How the US Government Spins ‘The War on Leakers’

Lloyd C. Gardner makes an alarming case for the elusiveness of American democracy and the astounding ignorance in which it operates.

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1 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Banjo: America’s African Instrument

Laurent Dubois' biography of one of America’s iconic folk instruments spans continents and cultures. In this excerpt, we explore the banjo's humble origins.

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Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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