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The life span of the celebrated portrait painter Philip de Laszlo, who was born Fulop Laub in Budapest in 1869 and died in London in 1937, coincided with the final flowering of the last great royal and imperial courts of Europe. Despite a humble background as the son of a Jewish tailor, de Laszlo's formidable artistic talent, his drive to succeed and an equally strong ability to reinvent himself all combined to get him ennobled by Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef.
Despite the enormity of his crime - he was a key figure in the Rosenberg atomic spy ring of the 1940s - one feels some sympathy for Harry Gold.
Antony and Cleopatra, the names conjure up a variety of images that include Roman military might, eastern decadence and a pair of tragic star-crossed lovers. Some of that is actually accurate, but much of it is romanticized fiction. In his latest study of the Roman world, Adrian Goldsworthy takes on the task of separating truth from fiction, and he does a good job of it.
This thoughtful, erudite, profoundly knowledgeable and insightful book by a professor of American studies and director of the graduate program in historic preservation at George Washington University looks at the four decades that saw department stores expand beyond the heart of downtown.
Generations of black Americans have viewed education as the best way to get ahead economically and to overcome racial discrimination. It is a "weapon of advancement and shield of self-esteem," writes University of Arkansas scholar Stuart Buck. But for some black Americans beginning in the 1960s, educational achievement began to look like an act of cultural and racial betrayal.
Here we have in the form of a short, readable book a series of lectures - the Terry Lectures - by the author of three much-loved novels firmly rooted in American cultural and intellectual history and two other works of well-cast prose argument.
It is with some relief that one picks up "Palestine Betrayed," by Ephraim Karsh, a professor of history at London University. His book is a thoroughly researched, sound historical account of the struggles that ensued between the Jewish and Arab communities when the British decided to leave Palestine.
What do Fred Astaire, the hamburger, Gypsy Rose Lee and the Liberty Bell have in common? According to Yale University Press, they're all American icons and, as such, the focal points for a series of short books "about American history and culture through the lens of a single iconic individual, event, object, or cultural phenomenon."
A book review of LOSING CONTROL: THE EMERGING THREATS TO WESTERN PROSPERITY