Book Reviews

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THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE:
Why Violence Has Declined.
By Steven Pinker.
Viking. 802 pp. $40

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DENG XIAOPING AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF CHINA.
By Ezra F. Vogel.
Belknap/Harvard. 876 pp. $39.95

THE ANOINTED:
Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age.
By Randall J. Stephens and Karl W. Giberson.
Belknap/Harvard. 356 pp. $29.95

LITERARY BROOKLYN:
The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.
By Evan Hughes.
Holt. 337 pp. $17

WHY TRILLING MATTERS.
By Adam Kirsch.
Yale Univ. Press. 185 pp. $24

BACK TO THE LAND:
The Enduring Dream of Self-Sufficiency in Modern America.
By Dona Brown.
Univ. of Wisconsin Press. 290 pp. $24.95

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A WORLD ON FIRE:
Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War.
By Amanda Foreman.
Random House. 956 pp. $35

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1861:
The Civil War Awakening.
By Adam Goodheart.
Knopf. 481 pp. $28.95

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When asked to choose five great books on military aspects of the Civil War, a leading historian was initially thrilled, then perplexed.

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THE CIVIL WAR:
The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It.
Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean.
Library of America. 814 pp. $37.50

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