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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher

 

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Books of The Times: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:03:01 GMT 
    Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir, “Guantánamo Diary,” was published after a seven-year legal battle and with heavy redactions from military censors.








Bookshelf: Books About New York and the Underground Railroad, and Urban Upheaval 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:52:00 GMT 
    A book by a Columbia University historian on New York’s integral role in the Underground Railroad, and another which invokes artistic expression to vividly recreate a gritty and pivotal era of urban tumult.








‘Modernity Britain: 1957-1962,’ by David Kynaston 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:23 GMT 
    David Kynaston’s multivolume history of postwar Britain continues in this tapestry of political, socioeconomic and cultural change.








Open Book: Immersive History 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:06 GMT 
    David Kynaston’s method of recapturing Britain’s past includes quoting from the diaries and letters of average citizens.








The Shortlist: ‘The Greatest Knight,’ by Thomas Asbridge, and More 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:50 GMT 
    New books about the Plantagenets and the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell and more.








Esther Freud’s ‘Mr. Mac and Me’ 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:02 GMT 
    In Esther Freud’s novel, an artistic boy befriends the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1914.








Ben Metcalf’s ‘Against the Country’ 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:04:55 GMT 
    Ben Metcalf’s novel, set in Virginia, takes issue with the American idealization of the back-to-the-land life.








‘The Season of Migration,’ by Nellie Hermann 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:18 GMT 
    A novel of van Gogh’s anguished time in Belgium.








‘Van Gogh,’ by Julian Bell 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:07 GMT 
    Julian Bell looks at van Gogh’s brief, explosively creative life.








‘Offcomer,’ by Jo Baker 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:38:09 GMT 
    The protagonist of Jo Baker’s first novel is an Oxford graduate working at a Belfast pub.








Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’ 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:59 GMT 
    In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.








Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:46 GMT 
    Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.








‘When Books Went to War,’ by Molly Guptill Manning 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:26 GMT 
    In World War II, books helped lift the spirits of the troops.








‘The Match Girl and the Heiress,’ by Seth Koven 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:15 GMT 
    A story of activists and unlikely soulmates in Victorian London.








‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ by Anita Anand 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:08 GMT 
    The life of a suffragist daughter of an exiled maharajah.






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