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Ian's Reviews

Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert

As common as cotton is to your lives and persons, it's become so ubiquitous to the point of irrelevance. But its history stretches back thousands of years, wars have been fought, peoples subjugated, and revolutions propelled. A history of cotton is an economic history of the modern world. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780375713965
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Published: Vintage - November 10th, 2015

The Sultan and the Queen by Jerry Brotton

Historians often portray Europe and the Middle East as adversarial, but Brotton highlights another story. After much of Europe turned its back on England, Queen Elizabeth sought new allies and opportunities and found them among the Ottomans. In illuminating this influential relationship, Brotton broadens our history in a welcome antidote to creeping islamophobia. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780143110620
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

Neither Snow Nor Rain by Devin Leonard

This history of the postal service follows the contours of American history. But sometimes the postal service was the actor directing the flow. From the beginning of our nation to the current day, mail has been the driving force in unexpected areas of the nation’s development and it continues to innovate today despite alarmist detractors and falling prestige. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780802126405
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2017

The Prodigal Tongue by Lynne Murphy

As someone who grew up with a British father and an American mother, I was excited to read about “the common language that separates” them. Although some parts weren’t the revelations I was expecting but simply a confirmation, I imagine much of this book will provide fun insights into the language the reader uses every but perhaps haven’t given much thought since their school days. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780143131106
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Published: Penguin Books - April 10th, 2018

Weird Math by David Darling & Agnijo Banerjee

The book cuts a large swath across the many fields of mathematics, tilling them for satisfying brain food. But the parts I enjoyed most about the book are when the authors take concepts they’ve broken down in mathematical detail—such as randomness and prime numbers—then philosophize about them and what they mean to our everyday lives. Are unknown digits of pi actually random? Does math exist outside of the observer? It’s a fun trip. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781541644786
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Published: Basic Books - April 17th, 2018

In the Land of Giants by Max Adams

Though considered a backwater during the centuries following Roman rule, Britain experienced a great deal of development leading up to its rise during the Medieval era. Adams recreates this progression from his own experience in the field and research in the halls of academia. Part travel writing, part history, this was a joyous trek through the home country. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781681775531
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 12th, 2017

Kraken by China Mieville

When a giant squid washes ashore in London and then disappears after being brought to the Natural History Museum, all hell breaks loose. Cults, old gods, gatekeepers, secret police, and the undead. It’s all here. And with a mystery of mysterious proportions to tear it all apart. This book is a grand ‘ole time. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780345497505
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Published: Del Rey - March 15th, 2011

Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure

Lonely Planet is a trusted source whose guidebooks many have used on travels abroad. Their new book is a little different this time around. Instead of focusing on a specific area, Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure has tips and tricks for maximizing your adventure, whether it be biking, climbing, or canoeing, in numerous locations around the globe. It is a great book for the armchair traveler and outdoor enthusiast alike. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781786577597
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Published: Lonely Planet - September 19th, 2017

Economics in Wonderland by Robert Reich

Having watched former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s short yet informative videos on numerous topics related to the economy, I’m excited for this compilation of his essays and cartoon illustrations (drawn on a large sketchpad with magic markers). Reich has always been able to make perplexing subjects accessible to those of us who are less informed, and I’m sure this book will be no different. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781683960607
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Published: Fantagraphics - November 7th, 2017

Leonardo de Vinci by Walter Isaacson

The author of numerous well-researched and well-received biographies including Steve Jobs and The Innovators, Walter Isaacson now has written on another of the most interesting people in history, Leonardo da Vinci. Isaacson explores both the person and the genius he displayed in so many fields. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017


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