More exciting than a national baseball match

    National Pastime: U.S. History Through Baseball by Martin C. Babicz and‎ Thomas W. Zeiler, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, US $40.00, Pp 292, October 2017, ISBN 978-1442235847

    Baseball was one of the offshoots of the bat and ball sports that had been around for centuries in Europe and Americas. The baseball as we know it has its roots in the rural society that existed in America before the Market Revolution. It took the present shape in early nineteenth-century America. In National

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    The tragedy of World War II was a preventable conflict

    The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson, Basic Books, US $40.00, Pp 654, October 2017, ISBN 978-0465066988

    World War II began in 1939-40 in Europe as a series of border conflicts exclusively between European powers, including Britain. Such border conflicts were an old European tradition. Aggressive states attacked their perceived weaker neighbors, usually through surprise and in reliance on greater preparation and armament. In The Second World Wars, Victor …

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    “The history of spices is the history of seduction, mythology, bloodshed, romance, and cliché”

    The Grammar of Spice by Caz Hildebrand, Thames & Hudson, US $29.95, Pp 224, October 2017, ISBN 978-0500519677

    Spices and, to a lesser extent, herbs are the most important part of our food. It is spices and herbs that help us differentiate Chinese cuisine from Mexican cuisine. Meat and the seafood taste pretty much the same all over the world and so do vegetables and grains. You may find a few vegetables in India but not in Scandinavia and vice …

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    How big data technologies and predictive analytics are changing policing

    The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement by Andrew G. Ferguson, New York University Press, US $28.00, Pp 272, October 2017, ISBN 978-1479892822

    In the high command center of police in Los Angeles, a towering wall of computer screens blinks alive with the crises. A digital map of Los Angeles alerts to 911 calls. Television screens announce breaking news stories. Surveillance cameras monitor the streets. Real-time crime data comes in for real-time police …

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    The decade has really made a great difference

    Vogue Living: Country, City, Coast edited by Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle, Alfred A. Knopf, US $100.00, Pp 448, October 2017, ISBN 978-1524732059

    We all love beautiful houses and gardens. If the beautiful houses and gardens are associated with celebrities, we love them even more. Like we want to see celebrities, we also want to go inside their houses and gardens. A decade after Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People was published in 2007, Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle return to …

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    Cellular therapies and regenerative medicines are the future of medicine

    Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health by Dr. Robin L. Smith (MD),‎ Dr. Max Gomez (Ph.D.), BenBella Books, US $, Pp, October 2017, ISBN 978-1944648800

    Can you imagine a world where victims of irreversible spinal cord injuries are able to get out of their hospital beds and walk? Impossible? Right? No, it is possible now. Or, can you imagine a world where there’s no shortage of donor organs – because we grow …

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    How successful people faced failures and rejections

    Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US $30.00, Pp 624, November 2017, ISBN 978-1328994967

    In real life, we face dilemmas at every step. Very often we have questions but cannot find answers. Every now and then, we want somebody to mentor us and get us out of the difficult situation. Few of us find the answers when we need them most. All of us meet failures and rejections …

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    Editor’s picks: Cookbooks

    Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin, Andrea Nguyen (Editor), Eric Wolfinger (Photographer), Grand Central Life & Style, US $35.00, Pp 336, October 2017, ISBN 978-1538729885

     David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient by David Tanis, Artisan Books, US $40.00, Pp 480, October 2017, ISBN 978-1579656287

    In 2013, Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of living like a terminally ill person, she decided to fight it back with mind-centric …

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    They turn a house into a home

    Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine and Reed Krakoff by Delphine Krakoff,‎ Reed Krakoff,‎ Photos by Ivan Terestchenko, Rizzoli Publications, US $65.00, Pp 242, October 2017, ISBN 978-0847860043

    In our lives, we see many houses we like but very few of them remain in our imagination for long. If you see one of the houses Delphine and‎ Reed Krakoff have designed, it will likely stay in your mind for long. Many designers can renovate and design luxurious …

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