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Brother Against Brother: The Drawing of the Sword

The game doesn't portray brothers fighting brothers. It shows pieces on a map easing into firing range of one another with the objective of causing more casualties than they suffer.

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The Power of the Reader in ‘A History of Reading’

Alberto Manguel takes a thematic rather than linear approach to a history of reading, offering an entertaining and impassioned account of reading practices and readers' agency.

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‘Voyaging in Strange Seas’ Tells of the Deep, Wide Roots of Modern Science

The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose.

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Shigeru Mizuki’s ‘Showa’ Is a Melting Pot of Manga, Photo Realism, Memoir & Narrative History

A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.

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‘Savage Continent’ Explodes the Myths Behind the ‘Greatest Generation’

Keith Lowe has synthesized the latest scholarship to explore the unprecedented physical and moral destruction of Europe after World War II.

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Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Matters

George R.R. Martin's series looks and feels like a historical drama, except the audience doesn't know how the story will turn out. Martin's 'fantasy' is preoccupied with power -- its relations, differentials and dynamics -- because he's interested in the way 'history' is really made.

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‘Masters of Doom’ A Great Man History of Gaming

In recounting the rise of John Carmack and John Romero, Masters of Doom chronicles two of video games' most influential creators and documents pivotal years in the medium's history.

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‘The Origins of Political Order’ Is Delightfully Bipartisan and Sure to Raise Eyebrows

The esteemed political scientist's latest book provides a thought-provoking look at the political history of past civilizations, and is sure to offer plenty of fodder for conversations about the present.

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Telling Hamlet What to Do: Video Games, Art, and Cultural Hierarchies

Games have not stumbled upon a new way of creating and interacting with art, they have rediscovered an older system.

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Youth in the Age of ‘Mortal Kombat’

Musings on Mortal Kombat's cultural significance from a biased observer. As absurd as it might sound, Mortal Kombat was a formative experience for me, both in terms of my relationship to video games and my broader cultural and political identities.

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Gazing upon the Bitch-goddess of Quantification: ‘The Information’

We are drowning in a sea of information. Shall we stop to count the waves, or try to make sense of it all? The first of these two is the way of information theory.

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‘Revolutionary Deists’: Fanatics for a Reason

The story of deism proves that America has never been, in an absolute sense, a Christian nation.

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13 Apr 2011 // 10:30 AM

Civil War film ‘Conspirator’ aims at truth

NEW YORK — On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces fired on Union troops stationed in Fort Sumter, S.C. The barrage marked the opening shots of the Civil

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The Ol’ Rebel Heart of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ Beats On

The best-known classic of radical activism is as alive and fearless as ever.

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‘The Secret Lives of Buildings’ & the Oft Egotistical & Obsessive People Behind Them

Edward Hollis is a stylistic illusionist, adopting a variety of voices and storytelling modes as he weaves his tales of dreams, ambitions, follies, and ruins.

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Walk This Way: The Commodification of Hip-Hop

Now here's a little story, we've got to tell, about the business of hip-hop, you know so well. It started way back in history, from Alexander Hamilton down to Jay-Z.

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‘The English Is Coming!’ A Different Form of Global Domination

Robots! Bikinis! Language definitely influences society and culture; here is a glimpse into certain English terms that have made their mark on the world.

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‘The Elephant’s Journey’ Carries the Reader Along on this Shared Endeavor

Saramago's trickery emphasizes an obvious, but often neglected, point about literature: words create reality rather than merely transcribe it.

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Dusty Pixels and Patchwork Stories

Aging technology, the difficulty of cataloging games, and the ease of digital revision complicates our grasp of video game history and our ability to critically evaluate the present.

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‘A Culture of Improvement’  Is an Impressive Account of Technology and Technological Change

Friedel is a master weaver and his ability to bring together so many historical strands is truly impressive. He pays attention to the lesser-known tinkerers and tweakers as much as to the more famous inventors, making this book a fine example of bottom-up history.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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