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Out of the Shadow of a Giant: Hooke, Halley, and the Birth of Science

Devotees of the history of science as well as those interested in Restoration England will find this book fascinating.

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

Surrounding the 500th anniversary of Luther's famed Ninety-Five Theses, there has been a predictable glut of books on the Reformation. Enthusiastically read by the author, this one stands out. Highly recommended for students of history or religion. ["Anyone interested in religious history will thoroughly enjoy this readable biography": LJ 11/15/17 starred review of the Viking hc.]

12 Essential Scientific Concepts

A lukewarm recommendation for fans of popular science.

American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution

Highly recommended for students of the history and political foundations of early America. ["Intended for both history enthusiasts as well as casual readers, this book will especially appeal to fans of post-Colonial U.S. history": LJ 11/15/16 review of the Pantheon hc.]

Cultural Intelligence: Surviving and Thriving in the Global Village

Oddly, while warning listeners not to stereotype other cultures, the authors frequently do just that. Aside from touting mindfulness as a valuable tool in the arsenal of intercultural understanding, there is very little new here that seems beyond the reach of good manners and common sense. Recommended for international business people lacking such.

The Midnight Bell

With a villain whose main weapon seems to be a cell phone with unlimited international minutes, a cast of characters straight out of an English drawing-room comedy, and a barely discernible plot, this program is only redeemed by the dedicated exertions of award-winning narrator Michael Page, whose acting prowess somehow makes this mess of a book entertaining. Recommended for die-hard Higgins fans only.

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

Recommended for history collections. ["This comprehensive account doesn't shy away from the horrors of war, successfully providing an evenhanded chronicle of the events that led up to Pearl Harbor": LJ 9/15/16 starred review of the Scribner hc.]

The Dragon Behind the Glass: The True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish

Fast-paced, well written, and compelling, this work is highly recommended for fans of environmental biology and adventure narratives. ["A must-read that will appeal to those interested in wildlife or conservation": LJ 5/1/16 starred review of the Scribner hc.]

In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire

While occasionally a bit slow owing to the author's overreliance on extended quotes from his ancient sources, the book will be much appreciated by students of classical and military history.

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