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Editor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell Thomas Travisano's LOVE UNKNOWN: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, the story of a woman who lived a singular and adventurous life and who created a magnificent body of poetry, prose and correspondence, to Kathryn Court at Viking, in a good deal, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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James Scott's HUBRIS: General Douglas MacArthur and the Sack of Manila, about the near total destruction of "the Pearl of the Orient" in early 1945 and the slaughter of some 100,000 Filipino civilians at the hands of the Japanese, marking one of the deadliest urban battles of World War II, to John Glusman at Norton, for publication in April 2017, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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The Price of Slavery
‘The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,’ by David Brion Davis

"In 1862, when Nathaniel Hawthorne headed south from New England to see the Civil War firsthand, he came upon a group of former slaves trudging northward. “They seemed a kind of creature by themselves, not altogether human,” he wrote, “but perhaps quite as good, and akin to the fauns and rustic deities of olden times.” “Whoever may be benefited by the results of this war,” he added, “it will not be the present generation of negroes.”

Hawthorne’s stunning comparison of real men and women to half-human creatures, even if kindly intended, gets to the heart of David Brion Davis’s “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,” the richly textured final volume in his exceptional trilogy about slavery in the Western Hemisphere. “I have long interpreted the problem of...

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The Scholar Who Shaped History
By Drew Gilpin Faust

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
by David Brion Davis
Knopf, 422 pp., $30.00

".... Davis’s book and his subsequent work would become a major influence in the emergence of a comparative history of slavery and abolition, in essence a global history well avant la lettre. It would, among other achievements, powerfully influence traditional approaches to intellectual history by embedding ideas in social and political action and institutions. This was historical writing with a scope and ambition that would shape scholars and scholarship for decades to come. "

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2014 Leontief Prize Winners:
Angus Deaton & James K. Galbraith

GDAE will award its 2014 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Angus Deaton and James K. Galbraith. The award recognizes the contributions that these researchers have made to the studies of poverty, inequality, and well-being. They have both played a critical role in bringing grounded empirical analysis to bear on topics in need of applied interdisciplinary research.

“For too long many economists have viewed rising inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development,” says GDAE Co-director Neva Goodwin. “But recent economic upheavals call for a new approach to understanding the causes and consequences of inequality. Angus Deaton has demonstrated that inequality is about much more than income differences, focusing on how inequality affects the health and well-being of societies. James Galbraith has shown that inequality isn’t an outcome driven by...

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Book Review: 'A Feathered River Across the Sky' by Joel Greenberg
The most numerous bird on the planet went extinct in less than a century.

Wall Street Journal, Jan. 17, 2014

A Feathered River Across the Sky
By Joel Greenberg
Bloomsbury, 289 pages, $26

"Two hundred years ago, the passenger pigeon was one of North America's greatest natural wonders, the equivalent of Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. A hundred years later it was gone, as lost as the dinosaurs. In "A Feathered River Across the Sky," Joel Greenberg, a research associate at Chicago's Field Museum, tells the achingly sad story of how this singular species, once the most numerous bird on the planet, went extinct.

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Global Warming

"It’s a fascinating outdoor adventure, an illuminating look into the science of measuring a melting mountain — and a fresh warning that the warming world is already here."

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THE BIRDS: Why the passenger pigeon became extinct.
JANUARY 6, 2014

“The first major work in sixty years about the most famous extinct species since the dodo…equal parts natural history, elegy, and environmental outcry…A painstaking researcher, Greenberg writes with a naturalist’s curiosity about the birds…Answering even basic questions about the passenger pigeon requires a sort of forensic ornithology, which gives FEATHERED RIVER ACROSS THE SKY an unexpected poignancy.”

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The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.

Kertzer, David I. (author).
Feb. 2014. 576p. Random, hardcover, $32 (9780812993462); Random, e-book (9780679645535). 322.
First published December 15, 2013 (Booklist).

Two leaders came to power in 1922 in Rome, Achille Ratti was elevated to the papacy as Pius XI, and Benito Mussolini was appointed Italian prime minister. How relations between them developed until the pope’s 1939 demise occupies this original history, which rests on Kertzer’s thorough research of available Vatican archives and other sources. ... An important work of history, Kertzer’s adroit profiles of Pius and Mussolini will broaden its audience."

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Prison Memoir of a Black Man in the 1850s
Published: December 11, 2013, New York Times

"Years ago, a rare-books dealer browsing at an estate sale in Rochester came across an unusual manuscript, dated 1858. The family selling it said little about where it had been for the last 150 years. It appeared never to have left upstate New York.

Scholars now believe that the mystery manuscript is the first recovered memoir written in prison by an African-American, a discovery that Yale University says it made after authenticating the document and acquiring it for its Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

The 304-page memoir, titled “The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict, or the Inmate of a Gloomy Prison,” describes the experiences of the author, Austin Reed, from the 1830s to the 1850s in a prison in upstate New York.

Caleb Smith, a professor of English at Yale who has written extensively about...

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