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The Perfect Sword: Forging the Dark Ages

This book focuses on the informative and archaeological aspects of swords, not violence. It will likely please readers who are fascinated by weapons and by those who would normally be hesitant to pick up a book about tools of war.

Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber

Though the chapters are long, the copious notes, footnotes, and index add to this amusing but maddening book’s wealth of information.
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Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral

This is a swell companion piece for fans of Mary Roach’s Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, but libraries should also consider it a source of serious information for those who may be facing difficult end-of-life decisions.
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