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How the Spanish Empire Was Built: A 400 Year History

An engaging new approach to understanding the spread of the Spanish empire. Highly recommended.
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Sloth

This compact volume nicely covers the past, present, and future of sloths for readers who have fallen in love with them based on popular culture depictions.
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Lamestains: Grunge, Sub Pop and the Music of the Loser

A solid analysis, but it omits grunge’s impact and some of its icons.
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Crooner: Singing from the Heart from Sinatra to Nas

While some of Coles’s conclusions are arguable, this is an intriguing study of a wide array of vocalists who were inspired by Sinatra. A fresh and educational look at an influential element of popular music.
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The Monkees: Made in Hollywood

This work ably demonstrates how the well-oiled music machine in Los Angeles scored a short-lived megahit with their American answer to Beatlemania.
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The English Actor: From Medieval to Modern

Magnificent writing, but for a very niche audience.
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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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