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The Men Who Lost America

The British Government Responds to News of the Battle of Yorktown

Now available in North America, Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy‘s unique account of the American Revolution in The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire, told from the perspectives of King George III, Lord North, General Burgoyne, and other British leaders, brings to light the real reasons behind the British […]

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Value of Species

Edward McCord on The Value of Species

Follow @yaleSCIbooks In The Value of Species, Edward L. McCord both celebrates the immense breadth of life forms found on earth—from the rainforests and oceans to the prairies and deserts—and defends its value in the face of ever-more-urgent environment threats to biodiversity. Drawing on concepts from philosophy, law, and ethics in addition to biology, McCord […]

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Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis

Michael Haas on Forbidden Music

Follow Forbidden Music on Facebook!  From the Yale Books Blog: Michael Haas‘s Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, to be published in North America in June, explores the legacy of those musicians persecuted by the Third Reich. When National Socialism arrived in Germany in 1933, Jews were dominating music more than virtually any other sector, […]

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Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds

Francis Bremer on John Davenport and Puritanism at the Founding of New Haven

Francis J. Bremer, author of the recently published biography, Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds, discusses the fervent Puritan world of religious politics that led to the founding of the New Haven Colony, as today we celebrate John Davenport’s 416th birthday, and the 375th anniversary of New Haven for the month […]

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Jews and Words

Fania Oz-Salzberger Asks: How Can Books Keep Families and Generations Together?

Fania Oz-Salzberger— Jews and Words tells a story, and grinds a few axes, on two of our favourite perennial themes: How did the Jews remain Jews? and, How can books keep families and generations together? We offer our readers a hard yet playful look at our own Jewish identity, as a father and daughter, novelist and historian. We […]

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Eminent Biography: Tim Jeal on Dr. Livingstone

Read an excerpt from Livingstone on the London Yale Books Blog Read a piece by Tim Jeal for The Daily Beast Born March 19, 1813, David Livingstone became a living myth and national hero of Victorian Britain long before his death in present-day Zambia, having lost contact with the rest of the world for most of his last […]

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Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2012

Daniel Branch on the Kenyan Elections

The people of Kenya now have the results of their key general election, their first since the contest of December 2007, the aftermath of which killed around 1300 and displaced up to 600,000 more. Uhuru Kenyatta Daniel Branch, author of Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, now updated in paperback with the events of last year, presents an overview of the difficulties […]

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Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease

Mark Harrison on Contagion and the Anxieties of Global Commerce

Mark Harrison, author of Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease, discusses his 2008 trip to South Korea, where the nation’s political upheaval manifested the complex, deep-seated anxieties that have often accompanied trade between nations for centuries and continue to do so in the present day. Mark Harrison— In the summer of 2008 I visited Seoul […]

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Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds

Francis Bremer Follows in the Footsteps of the Puritans

Francis J. Bremer, author of the recently published biography, Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds, continues his discussion of the intertwined religious and political histories of Boston, the first founders—its clergy, and their importance to our historical understanding. Francis J. Bremer— When I was a young man – long before I […]

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Lives of the Novelists

John Sutherland on Kurt Vonnegut

Some authors create from scratch, imagining situations and characters to fill their pages; others live and write their realities. In John Sutherland’s playfully encyclopedic Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives, he works to catalog the methods and experiences of 294 notable writers. In this passage, Sutherland digs into Kurt Vonnegut’s […]

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