Monday, 26 October 2009

This week's new books

Nature’s Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology, Mark V. Barrow Jr. (University of Chicago Press)
This historical narrative combines stories of endangered animals and of the individuals who have studied and struggled to protect them to reveal how the problem of human-caused extinction has haunted Americans since the early days of the republic.

Charles Dickens, Michael Slater (Yale University Press)
This biography of Charles Dickens is published 20 years after the last major account. It presents Dickens’ novels in the context of his personal and professional life and also considers his many other writings including letters, shorter fiction, essays and journalism.

A Dangerous Stir: Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of Reconstruction, Mark Wahlgren Summers (University of North Carolina Press)
This study of the events of the Reconstruction in the aftermath of the American Civil War reveals that policy was not shaped simply by politics and thoughts about the meanings of federalism, freedom and the Constitution, but also by fears, paranoia and conspiracy theories.

Captain Cook’s War and Peace, John Robson (Seaforth Publishing)
An account of Cook’s early naval career, which explains how and why he was chosen to lead the expedition to the Pacific in 1768.

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