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"Generally speaking, men are influenced by books which clarify their own thought, which express their own notions well, or which suggest to them ideas which their minds are already predisposed to accept."

—Carl Lotus Becker (1873-1945) American historian


NYT Book News

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘The Invisible Bridge’  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:26:01 GMT
Rick Perlstein discusses the third volume in his series about the rise of the modern conservative movement in America.

ArtsBeat: Honoring James Baldwin’s 90th Birthday in Harlem  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:08:37 GMT
A portion of East 128th Street is to be renamed, part of a larger celebration of the Harlem-born writer.

‘The Mantle of Command,’ by Nigel Hamilton  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:34:18 GMT
Nigel Hamilton argues that Roosevelt’s genius for military leadership has been underrated and overshadowed.
‘Malthus,’ by Robert J. Mayhew  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:34:09 GMT
Thomas Robert Malthus’s ideas about population and scarcity have been invoked, extrapolated and polemicized for centuries.
‘Indonesia Etc.,’ by Elizabeth Pisani  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:57 GMT
Elizabeth Pisani trekked 26,000 miles around the Indonesian archipelago, searching for what binds this disparate nation.
‘Ecstatic Cahoots’ and ‘Paper Lantern,’ by Stuart Dybek  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:45 GMT
Fifty-nine short stories about love and other passionate longings, tinged with surreal potential, by Stuart Dybek, a master of the form.
Crime: Yannick Murphy’s ‘This Is the Water,’ and More  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:10 GMT
In Yannick Murphy’s thriller “This Is the Water,” the mother of two girls on a competitive swim team is having an affair with her friend’s husband.
Philip Eade’s ‘Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters’  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:53 GMT
An Englishwoman made a career of her marriage to the “white rajah” of a jungle protectorate in northern Borneo.
‘The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,’ by Tom Rachman  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:16 GMT
The perplexed heroine of Tom Rachman’s novel explores New York City and travels the world.
‘The Magician’s Land,’ by Lev Grossman  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:08 GMT
An exiled magician tries a risky heist in Lev Grossman’s novel, the final installment of a trilogy.
‘Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire,’ by Paul Sorrentino  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:06 GMT
The poet and novelist Stephen Crane “raced through his life,” documenting war and poverty until his death at 28.
‘The Stories,’ by Jane Gardam  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:09:44 GMT
In many of Jane Gardam’s stories, a figure from the past suddenly looms.
‘Reagan at Reykjavik,’ by Ken Adelman  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:08:44 GMT
In 1986, the U.S.-Soviet meeting in Reykjavik seemed anything but a Cold War breakthrough.
Inside the List  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:47 GMT
With the debut of Daniel Halper’s “Clinton, Inc.” at No. 10, there are now three volumes related to Bill and Hillary Clinton on the hardcover nonfiction list.
Editors’ Choice  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:34 GMT
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.