SPQR by Mary BeardSPQR by Mary Beard is a quite different kind of history writing. While her subject covers a millennium of ancient Roman history, Beard is not attempting a grand conception of the civilization such as Burkhardt did for the Renaissance or as Jared Diamond has written in more recent years.

An Exaggerated Murder

An Exaggerated Murder by Josh CookThe great lie of detective fiction is that the world makes sense: there are no coincidences; criminal motives are simple and decipherable; every clue is a step along the path to resolution. In the real world, Sherlock Holmes would be useless. Human motivations are messy and contradictory, changeable, and frequently self-destructive.


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