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The Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of Its Passing

Although intended for a general readership—lawyers will hardly benefit from the author’s minilecture distinguishing federal from state judicial systems

Marijuana Nation: One Man's Chronicle of America Getting High; From Vietnam to Legalization

In relating an intrinsically punchy story, Roffman, and his editor, would have served its telling better through brevity. This work may become a valuable source for future historians of social movements, but the casual reader interested in pot odysseys will not be stimulated.

Tomorrow-Land: The 1964–65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America

A model of accessible narrative, showing the author's immersion in archival research, this book will be appreciated most by those who love reading about Sixties or New York City history or, of course, world's fairs.

Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s

Recommended for serious readers of American social history and political movements.

Merchant, Soldier, Sage: A History of the World in Three Castes

Readers of serious intellectual history and contemporary policy will appreciate this relatively left-oriented yet nondoctrinaire assessment of the history of global power politics.

No Joke: Making Jewish Humor

Not to be mistaken for a light read on Jewish humor, this is a scholarly monograph for those undertaking Jewish cultural studies.

The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences

Cannadine writes with great clarity and subtlety, and while the persuasiveness of his thesis is not assured, he is certainly clear-eyed about the case he makes for human commonality. There's something here for any serious student of history to find insightful (or dubious); such readers will thrill at Cannadine's erudition, logic, and prose.

Why Does the World Exist?

Holt's efforts to make the why of existence compelling to a highly sophisticated lay audience will only succeed with the most committed of the cosmologically inclined; this is really a book of philosophy to be read by philosophers and Big Theory intellectuals.

The Storytelling Animal

Although this will interest neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists, and cognitive psychologists looking for creative takes on their complex research, it will mainly appeal to a general readership with a literary bent. Recommended but not essential. [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/11.]

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