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BrooklynFans Of Books: On American History

On this President’s Day weekend, it’s time to take a look back at our history and who made us the country we are today with these books: Winter War by Eric Rauchway; John Marshall: The Man Who Made The Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser; Behold, America by Sarah Churchwell;  The Rise of Andrew Jackson by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler; and A Nation Forged by Crisis by Jay Sexton.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Trigger” Concludes Frank Marr Trilogy

Trigger: A Frank Marr Novel

By David Swinson

Mulholland; hardcover, $27.00; available Tuesday, February 12

Frankie Marr returns in all his jittery, mordant brilliance, as he has kicked his addiction to cocaine, but he’s drinking more, and he has lost the woman he’s crazy about. The one thing that hasn’t changed is how he moves through the nation’s capital, balancing accounts his way.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “How To Disappear” In A Very Public Age

How To Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a time of Transparency

By Akiko Busch

Penguin Press; 224 pages, hardcover; $26.00; available Tuesday, February 12

In an era in which people are on social media constantly sharing pictures and what they’re thinking at any given moment. We are encouraged to reveal, share, and promote ourselves, and that pressure does not just come just from our peers, but from vast and pervasive technology companies that want to profit from patterns in our behavior.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Killer Thriller” By Lee Goldberg

Killer Thriller

By Lee Goldberg

Thomas & Mercer; 288 pages, hardcover; $24.95; available Tuesday, February 12

Lee Goldberg, the author of more than thirty bestselling novels,  introduced his new series featuring acclaimed author and reluctant hero Ian Ludlow in last year’s critically acclaimed True Fiction.

Now, Ludlow is back in the highly anticipated sequel Killer Thriller, which features the same, clever mix of exhilarating action, rapid-fire dialogue, and the sly subversion of genre tropes that made the debut of this series such a smash hit.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Take A Trip to Renaissance Italy With “The Chef’s Secret”

The Chef’s Secret

By Crystal King

Atria; paperback; $15.99; available Tuesday, February 12

Bartolomeo Scappi is a name that appears often in the archives of Italian cuisine, but not much is actually known about the life of the legendary chef who served the papacy and authored one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time. From a meatless holiday meal to a hearty one, he created over 1,000 recipes, most of which are staples of our diets today.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Building the Nation” On US Wars In Iraq & Afghanistan

Building the Nation: Missed Opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Heather Selma Gregg

Potomac Books; hardcover, 304 pages; $29.95

As the United States nears an agreement with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, it’s time to look at what the future could hold for that country and Iraq.

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A Look At New Mets Analytics Guru Russell Carleton’s Book “The Shift”

(Aaron Judge of the Yankees at the plate with the shift employed by the Miami Marlins against him on April 17th – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Mets have hired Russell Carleton, a longtime Baseball Prospectus writer, and Andrew Perpetua, a researcher, to work in their analytics department.

Carleton recently wrote a book, The Shift, on how baseball strategy has changed, giving a look into his mind and what he will bring to the Mets as they expand their analytics research. Below is my review from last April:

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Lords Of The Desert” On The U.S. & Britain In The Mideast

Lords Of The Desert: The Battle Between the United States and Great Britain for Supremacy in the Modern Middle East

By James Barr

Basic Books; hardcover, 464 pages; $35.00

The United States has been involved in battles in the Middle East for decades, from Desert Storm to the second Iraq war that began in 2003, to the current battle with ISIS.

America has always played a major role, but before the US came to dominate, Great Britain largely was in control.

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Andrea Bartz On Her Debut Novel “The Lost Night”

(Andrea Bartz – photographed by Kate Lord)

Andrea Bartz, a journalist and essayist from Brooklyn, coauthored the blog and book Stuff Hipsters Hate in 2010. Her debut novel, The Lost Night, which is set in Williamsburg, is coming out on February 26, published by Crown.

She will be appearing at Books Are Magic (225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, booksaremagic.net, 718-246-2665) on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in a discussion with fellow author Jason Diamond.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Stranger Inside” By Laura Benedict

The Stranger Inside

By Laura Benedict

Mulholland Books; hardcover; $27.00; available today, February 5

What would you do if you came home to find a stranger living inside your house? That’s the question that Laura Benedict, an Edgar- and Thriller Award-nominated author, asks in her psychological drama The Stranger Inside.

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