Monday, 1 March 2010

New books for March

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism, Joyce Appleby (Norton)
This introduction to capitalism, from its origins in a series of isolated changes in farming, trade and manufacturing in early-modern England to the present, approaches capitalism as a culture, as important for its ideas and values as for its inventions and systems.

The Gesualdo Hex: Music, Myth, and Memory, Glenn Watkins (Norton)
Despite its influence on 20th century artists, the music of Carlo Gesualdo has often been obscured by details of his scandalous and eccentric life. A study of the life, music, myth and memory of the Renaissance composer, which also offers a reflection on issues of cultural memory and historical awareness.

Jews in Nazi Berlin, ed. Beate Meyer, Hermann Simon and Chana Sch├╝tz (University of Chicago Press)
A study of the individual lives of Jews and their families in the Nazi capital during the height of the regime’s power, which draws on photographs, objects, official documents, personal papers and interviews with survivors and covers topics such as emigration, the yellow star, Zionism and deportation.

Getting Our Way, Christopher Meyer (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Getting Our Way recounts nine stories from Britain’s diplomatic annals over the last five hundred years and draws on the author’s first-experience of international relations as the former British Ambassador to the United States, to reveal how Britain has viewed its interests in the world and sought to advance them.

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