Book Reviews

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Looking for the Good War:  American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness 

Elizabeth D. Samet. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2021. 368 pages. $28.00.

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What Lightening Spoke: New & Selected Poems 

Robert Bensen. Bright Hill Press, 2022. 292 pages. $18.95.

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Orwell’s Roses

Rebecca Solnit. Viking, 2021. 308 pages. $28.00.

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Better to See You With: Perspectives on Flannery O’Connor, Selected and New

Marshall Bruce Gentry. Mercer University Press, 2022. 271 pages. $35.00.

Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova

Leo Damrosch. Yale University Press, 2020. 422 pages. $35.00.

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Saints and Sinners in the Sky: Astronomy, Religion, and Art in Western Culture

Michael Mendillo. Springer-Praxis, 2022. XIII+252 pages. $24.99.

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Gideon Shryock: His Life and Architecture 1802-1880 

Winfrey P. Blackburn and R. Scott Gill. Butler Books, 2021. 241 pages. $75.00.

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Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe

Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press, 2020. 537 pages. $29.95.

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The Fourth Man: The Hunt for a KGB Spy at the Top of the CIA and the Rise of Putin’s Russia

Robert Baer. Hachette Books, 2022. 295 pages. $30.00.

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Water, Wind, Breath:  Southwest Native Art in the Barnes Foundation

Edited by Lucy Fowler Williams. The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, distributed by Yale University Press, 2022. 212 pages. $60.00.

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South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

Alice L. Baumgartner. Basic Books, 2020. 342 pages. $32.00.

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Shapley’s Round Table: A Memoir by the Astronomer’s Daughter

Mildred Shapley Matthews. June L. Matthews and Thomas J. Bogdan, eds. BookBaby, 2021. 299 pages. $20.00.