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Books of The Times: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:03:01 GMT
Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir, “Guantánamo Diary,” was published after a seven-year legal battle and with heavy redactions from military censors.

Bookshelf: Books About New York and the Underground Railroad, and Urban Upheaval  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:52:00 GMT
A book by a Columbia University historian on New York’s integral role in the Underground Railroad, and another which invokes artistic expression to vividly recreate a gritty and pivotal era of urban tumult.

‘Modernity Britain: 1957-1962,’ by David Kynaston  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:23 GMT
David Kynaston’s multivolume history of postwar Britain continues in this tapestry of political, socioeconomic and cultural change.

Open Book: Immersive History  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:06 GMT
David Kynaston’s method of recapturing Britain’s past includes quoting from the diaries and letters of average citizens.

The Shortlist: ‘The Greatest Knight,’ by Thomas Asbridge, and More  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:50 GMT
New books about the Plantagenets and the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell and more.

Esther Freud’s ‘Mr. Mac and Me’  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:02 GMT
In Esther Freud’s novel, an artistic boy befriends the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1914.

Ben Metcalf’s ‘Against the Country’  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:04:55 GMT
Ben Metcalf’s novel, set in Virginia, takes issue with the American idealization of the back-to-the-land life.

‘The Season of Migration,’ by Nellie Hermann  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:18 GMT
A novel of van Gogh’s anguished time in Belgium.

‘Van Gogh,’ by Julian Bell  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:07 GMT
Julian Bell looks at van Gogh’s brief, explosively creative life.

‘Offcomer,’ by Jo Baker  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:38:09 GMT
The protagonist of Jo Baker’s first novel is an Oxford graduate working at a Belfast pub.

Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:59 GMT
In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.

Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:46 GMT
Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.

‘When Books Went to War,’ by Molly Guptill Manning  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:26 GMT
In World War II, books helped lift the spirits of the troops.

‘The Match Girl and the Heiress,’ by Seth Koven  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:15 GMT
A story of activists and unlikely soulmates in Victorian London.

‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ by Anita Anand  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:08 GMT
The life of a suffragist daughter of an exiled maharajah.