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Claire Lehmann

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Claire Lehmann is an Australian journalist and the founding editor of Quillette.
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The Constitution of Knowledge
A Defense of Truth
Jonathan Rauch - 2021-06-22
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Arming Americans to defend the truth from today's war on facts"In what could be the timeliest book of the year, Rauch aims to arm his readers to engage with reason in an age of illiberalism."--NewsweekA New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceDisinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. On the surface, these ...
Claire Lehmann
Recently finished @jon_rauch's remarkable book 'The Constitution of Knowledge,' which you should order & read immediately. Who knew a long-form discussion about epistemology could be so entertaining?      source
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Steven Pinker
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The Witch Hunts
A History of the Witch Persecutions in Europe and North America
Robert Thurston - 2006-12-18 (first published in 2001)
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Tens of thousands of people were persecuted and put to death as witches between 1400 and 1700 - the great age of witch hunts. Why did the witch hunts arise, flourish and decline during this period? What purpose did the persecutions serve? Who was accused, and what was the role of magic in the hunts? This important reassessment of witch panics and p...
Claire Lehmann
From Robert Thurston’s excellent book      source
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The Art of Robert E. McGinnis
Robert E. McGinnis - 2014-11-11
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A Modern Master   Robert E. McGinnis began his career in 1947 as a cartoonist, and produced his first cover illustrations for 1956 issues of the magazines True Detective and Master Detective. Then in 1958, he painted his first paperback book cover, and from that day forward his work was in demand.   The emergence of the “McGinnis Woman”—long-legged...
Claire Lehmann
If you're a lover of pulp art & mid 20th century poster art, one of the best books you can buy is The Art of Robert E. McGinnis In it you'll find the artworks for books such as this one. But he was so prolific, there are hundreds of 🔥 images      source
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Big Ideas for Curious Minds
An Introduction to Philosophy
The School of Life - 2019-09-03
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Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. This is a book designed to harness their spontaneous philosophical interest and develop it.Without prompting children often ask some of the largest questions about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of life. Yet all too often their inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions ...
Claire Lehmann
This book is a terrific book for young kids. My son (aged 7) has devoured it since Christmas, & has recently been talking about what the "wise response" is to various problems, & tells me to turn the news off because "it doesn't show the whole picture."      source
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Peter Skomoroch
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The Guarded Gate
Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America
Daniel Okrent - 2020-05-19 (first published in 2019)
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NAMED ONE OF THE “100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR” BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW From the widely celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Last Call—this “rigorously historical” (The Washington Post) and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America keep out “inferiors” in the 1920s is “a sobering, valuable contribution to discu...
Claire Lehmann
Fascinating review of an important book. 'The Guarded Gate' thoroughly documents the depth & breadth of American eugenics projects. Like Prohibition it was a movement propelled by elites who were animated by class prejudice      source
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The Shock of the New
The Hundred-Year History of Modern Art--Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, Its Fall
Robert Hughes - 1991-08-13 (first published in 1980)
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A beautifully illustrated hundred-year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant-garde. More than 250 color photos....
Claire Lehmann
The Shock of the New, by Robert Hughes: Australia's finest art critic, who left parochial Oz for NYC. Has marvelous insights into modern art & its refection of historical shifts. Less enthusiastic about postmodern art & its self-consciousness & nihilism.      source
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History of Art
H. W Janson - 1991-01-01 (first published in 1962)
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Janson's History of Art has introduced the vast world of Western art to millions of readers and has inspired generations of artlovers since it was first published in 1962. The fourth edition of this great classic is the most lavish, most thorough, and most accessible ever, with many new features added to its unsurpassed text and peerless quality of...
Claire Lehmann
A History of Art, by H.W. Janson: A beautiful, majestic book full of the history of western art from the ancient world to the present. Doesn't hold back from criticism where necessary. (NB: He doesn't include women, but is still worth reading.)      source
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A Study of History, Vol. 1
Abridgement of Volumes I-VI
Arnold J. Toynbee - 1987-12-10 (first published in 1947)
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Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History has been acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of modern scholarship. A ten-volume analysis of the rise and fall of human civilizations, it is a work of breath-taking breadth and vision. D.C. Somervell's abridgement, in two volumes, of this magnificent enterprise, preserves the method, atmosphere, text...
Claire Lehmann
A Study of History, by Arnold Toynbee: This is a 12 volume history charting the life cycle of civilizations: genesis, growth, time of troubles, universal state, & disintegration. Great stuff on the creative minority. (Get your hands on an abridged version)      source
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a personal view
Kenneth Clark - 1969-01-01 (first published in 2007)
This book provides a genealogy of radical Basque nationalism and the means by which this complex, often violent, political movement has reinforced Basque identity. Radical nationalists are mobilized by a shared frame of reference where ethnicity and violence are intertwined in a nostalgic recreation of a golden age and a quasi-religious imperative ...
Claire Lehmann
Civilisation, A Personal View, by Kenneth Clark (Book/TV show) Clark narrates the long view of civilization through the detail of fine works of art, from the Ancient World to the present. Clark's gentle charm & mastery of subject is incredibly endearing.      source
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From Dawn to Decadence
1500 to the Present
Jacques Barzun - 2001-05-15 (first published in 2000)
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Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500.In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation ...
Claire Lehmann
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, by Jacques Barzun Highly readable account of modern European cultural history. Barzun has a prose style that is highly engaging particularly for the young reader.      source
Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia