Books: The September Glut

As every publisher knows or thinks he knows, books sell poorly in the summertime, so new books are held off the market until Labor Day, then dumped into bookstores in a glut. This sales philosophy is at least debatable—e.g., with close to 900 titles scheduled for publication in September alone, a good many are bound to be overlooked by readers. But the first fall outpourings do show what authors have been up to, and this week's list contains something for everybody. A sampling:

Harvard Historian Samuel Eliot Morison has taken a short leave of his...

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