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Jacket CopyThe Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesPaul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.) No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George...
Top of the TicketRobert Gates speaks candidly about the troubles in the nation's Capitol....
The recent series of articles by Trine Tsouderos in the Los Angeles Times misrepresents the scientific contributions and future research agenda of the National Institutes of Health and its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ["New...
Radio drama was thought to be nearly extinct when Yuri Rasovsky launched the National Radio Theater of Chicago in the early 1970s, and he emerged as a major voice in its revival. One of his first productions was a radio adaptation of the 1920 silent...
At a time when most high school seniors are focusing their energy and attention on college applications, 16-year-old Drew Helen Washington is perfecting her poise, honing her public speaking talent and stepping into the limelight as the 94th Queen of...
Culture MonsterMargaret Gray reviews the "Mythbusters: Behind the Myths" live stage show at Nokia Theatre....
The Age of Movies The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael Edited by Sanford Schwartz Library of America, $40 Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best. Alice James A...
Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesHe was an abandoned child who grew up with the unshakable belief that he was destined to be a prince. How arrogant and sensible of him. His personal hygiene was bad. He often wore no shoes and liked to stick his feet in the toilet. His food faddery was...
TechnologySteve Jobs knew weeks ago that his life would soon end and he reportedly reached out to Walter Isaacson, who has written an authorized biography of the Apple co-founder, to tell him so. Isaacson's book, now titled simply "Steve Jobs" and formerly known as...
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