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James Morton

Summer reading: History

Summer reading: History

Absolute Monarchs

A History of the Papacy

John Julius Norwich

Random House: $30

The respected historian of the Byzantine Empire and Venice now turns to one of the oldest institutions on Earth and those who have worn the mitred hat during its 2,000-year-old history. (July)

American Dreamers

How the Left Changed a Nation

Michael Kazin

Alfred A. Knopf: $27.95

From the early anti-slavery movement to Noam Chomsky and filmmaker Michael Moore, the author examines the radical thinkers and reformers who have transformed American politics and culture. (August)

Elixir

A History of...

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