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Richard Brookhiser’s FOUNDERS’ SON reviewed in the Boston Globe

"Reading is what helped the young Lincoln escape from the mean circumstances of his childhood, what stretched a very tall young man into a very broad adult thinker. That is the thesis that animates Founders’ Son by Richard Brookhiser, who has produced more than a dozen volumes, most of them about the founding fathers."

Mary Elise Sarotte discusses THE COLLAPSE with U.S. News Weekly

““Even if you’re not interested specifically in the details of German history, [the fall of the Berlin Wall] is an example of a peaceful revolution that succeeded. There aren’t many of those that succeed, so it’s important to understand the ones that do. This revolution is a particularly useful one to study because it left behind a lot of sources. It left them behind in the Stasi – or secret police – archives in Germany. When you go work in the archives, which I’ve done, you can actually reconstruct how this peaceful revolution succeeded and [it offers] a broader lesson that’s important for all societies.” ”

Chris Taylor’s HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE reviewed on io9

"Who hasn't seen Star Wars? Chris Taylor opens his book, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, pointing out that while not everyone has seen Star Wars, most people in the United States and around the world know elements of the series."


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