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Book review: “Giotto: The Arena Chapel Frescoes” by Giuseppe Basile

Giotto’s Arena Chapel frescoes, completed during the first decade of the 14th century, are one of the treasures of Western civilization. And Giuseppe Basile’s Giotto: The Arena Chapel Frescoes, published in 1993, is itself a treasure — a lavish, loving large-format photographic record of the art, featuring hundreds of images, many depicting details with great…

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Book review: “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” by Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust’s 2008 book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War is an extraordinary achievement that answers a needed but previously unasked question: How did Americans deal — culturally, materially and, above all, emotionally — with the grisly and inconceivable reality of more than 600,000 soldier deaths during the Civil War?…

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