Thomas, Paul A.

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Falling Rocket: James Whistler, John Ruskin, and the Battle for Modern Art

Absorbing and informative, this title is cultural history at its best.

Inside Wikipedia: How it Works and How You Can Be an Editor

Pair with LJ’s profile of Wikipedia editor Susan Barnum ( to get fired up for some editing!

The Cold War's Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace

Chamberlin has done for the Cold War era what Fredrik Logevall's Choosing War did for the Vietnam War. Historians and other informed readers will find much to consider in this significant revisionist work.

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder; The First Unsolved Murder of the Victorian Age

This fascinating account of a Victorian murder, complemented by the added strength of a rich description of the period's society and judicial system, should be a solid addition to academic and true crime collections.

Death on Demand

New Zealand's irascible cop Tito Ihaka has been MIA since Thomas's last series entry in 1996 (Guerilla Season), and his return pleases on so many levels. Thomas is a past winner of the Ned Kelly Award, and this one looks to be a future nominee as well.

Shooting Victoria

Some professional historians may find too much authorial license in Murphy's storytelling, but behind the narrative is significant archival research as evidenced by the endnotes and list of works cited. Reading pleasure for all.

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