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Adolescent Health & Wellness. p. 10
Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s Instruments from Stage to Studio. By Andy Babiuk. p. 16
The Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies. Ed. by Jan Goldman. p.4
Counting Down Southern Rock: Its 100 Best Songs. By C. Eric Banister. p. 16
Experiencing the Rolling Stones: A Listener’s Companion. By David Malvinni. p. 16
Solar Energy. Ed. by David E. Newton. p. 6
The Faith of Christopher Hitchens:
The Restless Soul of the World’s
Most Notorious Atheist.
By Larry Alex Taunton.
Apr. 2016. 224p. Thomas Nelson, $24.99
A public-speaking organizer Hitchens met
during his lucrative late years
as a propagandist for atheism, Taunton, whose work is
to propagandize as diligently
for evangelical Christianity,
thinks his famous friend was
changing his mind when he
knew him. He doesn’t say
Hitchens was a last-minute
convert. But judging from what he learned
about Hitchens and, more important, his interactions with Hitchens as he squired him to
debates in which Hitchens was the star, if not
always the victor, he sees Hitchens as a genuine seeker for truth. Someone who recoiled
from those like Jerry Falwell and Al Sharp-ton, he believed, professed religion to feather
their nests and feed their egos—a temptation
Hitchens, whose atheism earned him a living, knew of firsthand. On the other hand,
Hitchens respected and liked sincere believers,
such as he found many evangelicals to be. He
was also a prodigious reader of classic Western literature, including the Bible—moreover,
a conservative one, who staunchly preferred
the KJV. In a couple of road trips toward the
very end, he and Taunton conducted a two-man study of John’s Gospel, and it was then,
especially, that Taunton saw Hitchens eager to
reconsider Christianity, in particular. Lively
and loving, Taunton’s memoir of his surprising friendship could hardly be more enjoyably
engrossing. —Ray Olson
The Founders and the Bible.
By Carl J. Richard.
Apr. 2016. 380p. Rowman & Littlefield, $42
(9781442254640); e-book, $41.99 (9781442254657). 250.
One long-running sideshow of the cul-
ture wars is a squabble about the Christian
orthodoxy of the Founding Fathers: believ-
ers or heretics? Illuminating the question so
greatly as to dispel it, Richard relays what
and how Washington, Adams (John and
Samuel), Paine, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe,
Franklin, Jay, Hamilton, Henry, and others
wrote about religion and Christianity in rela-
tion to such concepts as divine intervention,
morality, republicanism, American excep-
tionalism, free will, biblical authority, life
after death, human nature, sin, and church-
state relations. He provides quotation-filled
chapters on those matters, demonstrating
how thoroughly the Bible suffused colo-
nial and early republican American culture
and how particular founders, especially
the least orthodoxly Christian, studied the
Bible throughout their lives; none of them
was atheist nor even deist—not even Paine.
Even when religion wasn’t the subject, when
they wished to speak with maximal weight,
they adopted the language of the King James
Bible. Although almost no one may read this
book straight through, it is an invaluable re-
source, especially given its good, not overly
complicated index. —Ray Olson
Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and
Working with a Serious Mental
By Marjorie L. Baldwin.
Apr. 2016. 264p. Rowman & Littlefield, $36
(9781442248335); e-book, $35.99 (9781442248342).
In this fascinating and personal look at mental illness, a labor economist at Arizona State,
Baldwin, whose youngest son was diagnosed
with schizophrenia at age 21, raises unsettling
questions. Why do people with mental illness face as much discrimination as convicts?
Why do they often end up unemployed and
The Central Intelligence Agency: An
in jail? Twenty-seven years
ago, Baldwin listened to
her son, David, then a col-
lege junior, talk nonstop
and behave erratically and
thought he was experiment-
ing with drugs. In fact, he
was showing symptoms of
schizophrenia, which usu-
ally starts in the late teens or early twenties.
He spent three weeks in the hospital, where he
told his mom he thought the TV commercials
were sending messages to him. Schizophrenia
is relatively rare—less than 1 percent of the
population suffers from it—but Baldwin also
addresses the broader issue of mental illness
and employment. “One of the great tragedies
of the disease is the loss of self-reliance and
self-esteem associated with being denied a
productive work life,” she writes. Her son’s
story ends on a positive note: he is married
and runs a construction business. The person-
al is political in this rallying cry to help those
with mental illness get stable employment,
not just medical treatment. —Karen Springen
Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence
Gathering, and Spies.
Ed. by Jan Goldman.
2v. 2015. 891p. ABC-CLIO, $189 (9781610690911).
This two-volume set is a comprehensive
encyclopedia documenting the history of the
CIA. Both volumes have a table of contents
and contain well-researched entries in the
history of the agency. Each entry contains
a summary and a bibliography for further
reading. Volume 1 offers the reader an alphabetical listing of entries from Afghanistan
to Zenith Technical Enterprises. It also contains a time line of the Central Intelligence
Agency from its inception, in 1939, to the
present day. Volume 2 contains a list of primary documents, which are organized into
chronological sections for easy browsing.
Volume 2 also contains a list of contributors
and a thoroughly documented index for both
volumes. Offering readers a well-documented
history of the CIA and its operations, this set
is appropriate for most public and academic
libraries. —Harrison Wick
The Duke of Wellington, Kidnapped! The
Incredible True Story of the Art Heist
That Shocked a Nation.
By Alan Hirsch.
Apr. 2016. 256p. Counterpoint, $26 (9781619025912).
Francisco Goya’s Portrait of the Duke of
Wellington is one of the treasures of Britain’s
National Gallery, and in 1961, it was stolen
in what Noah Charney (The Art of Forgery,
2015), who provides the introduction to legal scholar, expert witness, and writer Hirsch’s
inquiry, considers “one of the most bizarre incidents in the history of art theft.” Four years
later, an unlikely culprit, one Kempton Bunton, claimed responsibility for the theft, and
his story takes center stage in this entertaining
narrative, which twists and turns until it culminates in a curious courtroom drama. But
the story doesn’t end there because more than
50 years after the verdict, Hirsch digs deeper
into the case and unearths new evidence that
points to others involved in the crime. Set
against London in the Swinging Sixties, this
gripping story of a hapless art thief, a prized