Sunday, December 27, 2009

This Week's Acquisitions

Santa was very good to me this year:

- The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money by John Brewer (OUP, 2009). Gift.

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The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name by Toby Lester (Free Press, 2009). Gift.

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The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika by Robert B. Strassler (Pantheon, 2009). Gift.

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The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton by Jerome Karabel (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). Gift.

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On Ugliness by Umberto Eco (Rizzoli, 2007). Gift.

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The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser (Smithsonian, 2009). Gift.

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Plato's Republic: A Biography by Simon Blackburn (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007). Gift.

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Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution by Joel Richard Paul (Riverhead, 2009). Gift.

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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Dial, 1998). Gift.

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Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo (Penguin, 2009). Gift.

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Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America by Lee Alan Dugatkin (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Gift.

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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Broadway, 2004). Gift.

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King of the Lobby: The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age by Kathryn Allamong Jacob (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Gift.

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American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, 2009). Gift.

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Playing Darts with a Rembrandt: Public and Private Rights in Cultural Treasures by Joseph L. Sax (University of Michigan Press, 2009). Gift.

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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English by John McWhorter (Gotham, 2009). Gift.

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Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's by R. A. Scotti (Viking, 2006). Gift.

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Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans by Lewis Gould (Random House, 2006). Gift.

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Flower Hunters by John and Mary Gribbin (OUP, 2008). Gift.

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The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World by Frank Lambert (Hill and Wang, 2005). Gift.

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The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre by Dominic Smith (Washington Square Press, 2007). Gift.

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The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of 'Proper' English, from Shakespeare to South Park by Jack Lynch (Walker & Company, 2009). Gift.

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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (Plume, 2005). Gift.

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The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler by Edward G. Gray (Yale University Press, 2007). Gift.

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The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold by Geoffrey Robertson (Pantheon, 2006). Gift.

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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (Viking, 2009). Publisher.

- The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence by Jack N. Rakove (Harvard University Press, 2009). Gift.

- I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox (HarperCollins, 2005). Gift.

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