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Two new books uncover the colonial origins and musical roots of New Orleans.

What possessed the fierce individualist George R. Stewart to compile a history of place-naming in the United States?

Two new books by African writers share many flaws with their Western predecessors.

Remembering our national griot, the bearer of stories of people, ordinary and extraordinary.

Studs Terkel always stood for the radical idea of the long memory. Telling the stories of our times, he remained to the end a vigilant optimist about civil rights and social progress.

He was our Boswell, our Whitman, our Sandburg. He could get people to open up and share their innermost thoughts and dreams.

Upstairs and downstairs with Virginia, Vanessa and the Bloomsbury set.

Without the courage of the forgotten black legislators of the Reconstruction era, it would be impossible for a black man today to run for president.

Three new books vividly portray the devastating impact of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.


A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 6, 2011