Art, True Crime; Continent: North America, Europe

A review of two books for a change In Priceless, authors Robert Wittman and John Shiffman write about the art crimes the general public thinks of: multimillion-dollar theft from museums, galleries and private collections. Chasing Aphrodite authors Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, on the other hand, write about a more pervasive type of crime perpetrated […]

History of Science, Victorian Era; Continent: Africa, Europe

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel 352 pages (272 pages in the Kindle version includes the worthy epilogue) Read this window into the club of Victorian gentlemen of science and the politics of race and privilege with someone you can dissect (sorry, […]

Book 2; Continent: Africa, Europe

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard 340 pages (316 pages without the Notes and Index) Beautifully paced narrative features short sections and chapters, just right for your stopover at a coffeehouse or a quick read on your lunch break I never knew to whom the famous sentence “Dr. Livingstone, […]

A Favorite from 2012

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield 338 pages (261 pages absent the extensive notes and the index) Short sections within chapters, but pick quiet reading opportunities to really connect the dots In the sixteenth century, the Spanish conquistadors found cochineal in the marketplaces of […]