By Stephen Greenblatt
How the World Became Modern
Harvard professor and literary historian Stephen Greenblatt is a pioneer of New Historicism and the author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (**** SELECTION Nov/Dec 2004). Here, he explores the effect of the Roman poet Lucretius's On the Nature of Things--an exploration of science, philosophy, and psychology and a repudiation of the supernatural written in the first century BC--on European culture and discourse upon its rediscovery in the 15th century. (**** SELECTION Jan/Feb 2012, reviewed on page 59)
A Tale of Exile and Extremism
By Deborah Baker
In this biography and study of the tenuous relationship between the United States and the Muslim world, Deborah Baker explores the life of Margaret Marcus, a secular Jew from New York who, fascinated with Islam, moved to Pakistan in 1962, took the name Maryam Jameelah, converted to Islam, and began to denounce the West. In investigating the clashes of religions and cultures, Baker also considers the effect of Jameelah's trenchant writings on global jihad on today's terrorist networks.
Love and capital.
Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
By Mary Gabriel
Although most readers are familiar with that most famous of political treatises, The Communist Manifesto (1948), fewer know the contours of Karl Marx's personal life. Love and Capital examines Marx's marriage and family, joys and struggles, as it follows the couple through revolutionary Europe and places them amidst their larger cultural milieu of exiles and revolutionaries...