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Historical fiction can be tricky as it demands that the author accurately captures a particular period while crafting a dramatic story. A compelling murder mystery with the Peace of Westphalia (1648) as a backdrop and whiffs of analytical geometry are a tall order. Andrew Pessin’s novel The Irrationalist succeeds in using these elements to create an engaging story. Pessin, Professor…

The British were able to keep their codebreaking efforts at Bletchley Park secret for decades after the end of World War II. David Boyle’s Enigmas consists of three short, complimentary books that combine to give readers a brief but thorough look at the origins and development of Britain’s code-breaking endeavors over the course of the two world wars. Winston Churchill…

In this book, author Joel Whitebook offers historian Salo Barron’s notion that if someone of Doctor Sigmund Freud’s stature wrote a book like Moses and Monotheism, there “must be something worth considering in it.” Freud: An Intellectual Biography is also something worth considering. Whitebook, who is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University, has constructed an in-depth analysis of…

Adam Smith: Life, Thought and Legacy is an expansive work about one of history’s most important thinkers and political economists. The 557 pages are divided into five sections and 32 chapters written by various contributing authors. The generous page count could have easily made this an unwieldy book. However, the editor Ryan Patrick Hanley, who is an associate professor of…

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