It Wasn’t About Slavery

Slavery and the American Civil War are almost always seen as the cause and effect in the historical perspective. But was the Civil War really about ending slavery in the…

Wilde in America

David M. Friedman’s Wilde in America (Norton, 2014) serves a filling account of Oscar Wilde’s historical trip to America and its implications for both Wilde and America. Starting with Wilde’s…

In the Footsteps of Dracula

The first vampire in literature, Count Dracula, has fascinated millions of people around the world for well over a century. The subject of books, movies, animated films, festivals, and all…

Deadly Decisions

Information has occupied the center of decision-making in human societies since ancient times. In the modern world, the political and social structure have gained immense complexity while the biological mechanism…

Temples, Tombs, & Hieroglyphs

In her revised and updated second edition of Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs (HarperCollins, 2007), Egyptologist Barbara Mertz (also known variously as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels) takes us back to…

The Virtual Community

‘Anyone interested in the next twenty years must read this book’ marks the Financial Times on the back cover of Howard Rheingold’s The Virtual Community (Secker & Werburg Limited, 1994).…