Review of Barons of the Sea

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barons of the sea

It tells the story of how American clipper ships—the fastest ships on the ocean—made obscenely huge fortunes for their owners using money from the opium trade to buy luxury goods in China—silks, teas, and porcelain—and sell them in America.

Review of The Secret Token

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Secret Token

Every attempt at solving this purported mystery—and every possible solution—is debunked, which makes me conclude that there is no real mystery at all, just a theoretical mystery that’s been kept alive through mythology, faked history, and fanatics.

New Fiction to Read–or Not

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Phillip Kerr is as good a crime writer as Michael Connelly, and this new one is set in Athens in 1957 and involves greedy ex-Nazis, missing Jewish gold, and a killer who shoots his victims in both eyes.  Thrilling, sardonic, and a great read with wonderful atmosphere,

Phillip Kerr is as good a crime writer as Michael Connelly, and this new one is set in Athens in 1957 and involves greedy ex-Nazis, missing Jewish gold, and a killer who shoots his victims in both eyes.