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After three years preparing The Triumph of William McKinley by reading very little but books, letters, articles and newspapers from the Gilded Age, I’m trying to get back into my regular routine, which I’ll chronicle here with an occasional review of what I’ve read.

Gallagher, one of the nation?s preeminent Civil War scholars and a professor at the University of Virginia, deals in his latest book of the question of why did the North fight?
This is an entertaining and illuminating volume about the 17th century's revolution in science and math that saw, among other things, the creation of calculus by Isaac Newton, followed by his towering work of pure genius, Principia.
I read everything this man writes that I can lay my hands on.
With economy, precision and superb pacing, Ms. Hillenbrand has written a jewel of a book.

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