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The Middle Ages and the Movies: Eight Key Films

An intriguing and detailed discussion best left to historians and devoted film buffs.
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Fighting Without Fighting: Kung Fu Cinema’s Journey to the West

White’s scholarly take on Hollywood’s infatuation with kung fu offers multiple entry points for readers, from film historians to sociologists. Action film fans will come away with a deeper appreciation of these films, and an expanded watch list.

Incomparable Realms: Spain During the Golden Age, 1500–1700

The illustrations alone make Robbins’s book worth purchasing, but it is also a defining study of a seminal period in the history of Western art.
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Who Killed Cock Robin? British Folk Songs of Crime and Punishment

This delightfully annotated and thoroughly researched collection is a must for anyone interested in the political and sociocultural roots of British folk music.
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Henri Matisse

While this is a good overview of Matisse’s work, readers will need to come into it with a solid visual knowledge of the artist’s output, or have nearby another reference with color images of Matisse’s artworks.
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A Band with Built-In Hate: The Who from Pop Art to Punk

Though the preoccupation with Cohn seems unnecessary, Stanfield has masterfully identified the mod, pop art, and art rock stages of the Who’s career for rock fans and general readers alike.
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Humphry Repton: Landscape Design in an Age of Revolution

Richly illustrated with examples from Repton’s Red Books and concluding with extensive references and a bibliography, this volume sets Repton and his work firmly in the life and times of the late 1700s–early 1800s in a book that will appeal to those who enjoy reading about garden designers of the past, or garden history.
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Power on the Inside: A Global History of Prison Gangs

Roth’s well-written, deeply researched work is a must for those in the criminology and criminal justice fields, but interested general readers will find it accessible as well.
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Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar

Acknowledging the significant role guitar historian Tony Bacon has played in this arena through his more popularly oriented publications, Atkinson’s more academic contribution to the literature is decidedly welcome. His rigorous scholarship and clear affection for the subject shine.
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