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Aging badly

2013 Books Issue | Two books celebrating 50th anniversaries in the past year offered cures worse than the disease
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 6/14/13, 01:00 am

Two movements that helped define the last half of the 20th century—feminism and environmentalism—owe much to books that celebrated 50th birthdays in the past year: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. Both highly readable books also left a legacy of controversy and—critics say—massive destruction.

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War wounds

2013 Books Issue | A closer look at three costly—but pivotal—battles spanning U.S. history
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 6/14/13, 01:00 am

Three books tell the stories of three famous assaults—one that created America, one that preserved it, and one that freed a continent.  

In Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution (Viking), Nathaniel Philbrick tells how militiamen carried their muskets to a 65-foot-high hill on the Charleston peninsula near Boston. They used pick axes and shovels to build a rough fort and placed hats filled with musket balls on the ground between their feet. When cannons on nearby ships blasted the redoubt, the colonials grabbed fistfuls of hay to plug the gaps. 

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Grand stories

2013 Books Issue | A look at Nixon as VP, a tour of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, and a history of Thomas Becket’s battle with a king
by Emily Belz & Timothy Lamer
Posted 6/14/13, 01:00 am

Three history books are on our short list, and here are three more—one hugely entertaining, one engaging in its account of realized architectural beauty, one relevant to our own church/state battles—that could also have made it. 

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