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'Exit Music' Starts Strong, But Punts on Radiohead's Later Music

A revised edition of Randall's history of Radiohead provides an excellent summary of the band's genesis in Oxford, but provides diminishing returns when it comes to examining the quintet's most recent releases.

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Don't Feel You Have to Die for 'Inception and Philosophy: Ideas to Die For'

Reading this is less like attending an academic conference and more like stumbling into a science-fiction message board populated by freshman philosophy major wannabes with one semester and 50 pages of Nietzsche under their belts.

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Why Return to a Text We've Already Finished? On Rereading'

Scholar Patricia Meyer Spacks takes the time to revisit some old favorites, questioning the benefits and changes in perspective that come from rereading a text.

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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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'The President is a Sick Man': Delightfully Underhanded Stories of Deception and Manipulation

Matthew Algeo's engaging book takes an obscure piece of history and crafts it into an engrossing narrative.

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'The Age of Doubt' Is a Call for Others to Examine This Material

Christopher Lane's book on the theological and philosophical debates of 19th-century Great Britain contains some interesting anecdotes, but is too broad and too short to completely fulfill its promise.

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'Otherwise Known as the Human Condition' Is Equally Enthralling and Befuddling

In a collection of nearly 30 years' worth of work, Geoff Dyer proves himself to be a fascinatingly eclectic writer, but only partially succeeds at tying everything together.

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Exploring the Roots of Populism in 'Common Sense: A Political History'

Sophia Rosenfeld's new history book takes a look at the use of "common sense", and portrays the myriad of ways it has been used by everyone from philosophical conservatives to political radicals.

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