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July 9, 2009
Charles Stephen sets out on an evolutionary adventure as he discusses four Darwin-related books: "Charles Darwin: The Beagle Letters," edited by Frederick Burkhardt; "The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of On the Origin of Species," introduced by James T. Costa; "Charles and Emma... more››
July 2, 2009
Charles Stephen tracks down "The Increment" by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, a spy thriller featuring a CIA agent, aided by a British agency and an Iranian nuclear scientist, as he races to prevent an unnecessary war with Iran. Otis Young opens up "The Servants' Quarters" by Lynn Freed... more››
June 25, 2009
Otis Young dives into "Breathless" by Lurlene McDaniel, a short novel for young readers about ethical dilemmas and life decisions. Charles Stephen then stakes out Neal Bascomb's "Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi," the true... more››
June 18, 2009
Charles Stephen explores "American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America" by Edmund S Morgan, a collection of 17 essays on defining incidents and people from Puritan America. Otis Young concentrates on "The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter,... more››
June 11, 2009
Otis Young studies Kevin Roose's "The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University," the inside scoop from an undercover liberal student who studied at Liberty University. Charles Stephen gazes upon "Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris,... more››
June 4, 2009
Charles Stephen contemplates "Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt" by David Hempton, a series of short biographies on influential artists, activists, and scholars and their journeys away from the Evangelical movement. Otis Young considers "How Free Is Free?: The Long Death... more››
May 28, 2009
Otis Young reviews Steven Gaines' "Fool's Paradise: Players, Poseurs, and the Culture of Excess in South Beach," which takes readers on a tour of the decadent lifestyle and (in)famous people making up the Florida city. Charles Stephen ponders "The Book of Dead Philosophers" by Simon Critchley, an... more››
May 21, 2009
Charles Stephen wades into "Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific" by Geoffrey Blainey, a chronicle of the famous Briton's explorations in the late 1700s. Otis Young investigates "The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story" by Diane Ackerman, the true story of how a pair of zoo... more››
May 14, 2009
Otis Young sizes up "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan, a fictionalized retelling of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous affair and life with Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Charles Stephen illuminates "Death of a Witch," the 25th installment of M.C. Beaton's "Hamish Macbeth" mysteries. Stephen also takes a brief look... more››
May 7, 2009
Charles Stephen unwraps Kim Phillips-Fein's "Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan," a researched account of the corporations and businessmen who labored to steer the U.S. to the right. Otis Young peruses "Sundays at Tiffany's" by James Patterson, an... more››