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Donald Barthelme
Some summer books put ideas in the driver's seat
Some summer books put ideas in the driver's seat

Summer reading doesn't have to mean light reading. A summer vacation can offer the free time to grapple with weighty themes. Whether you're lying on the beach or pressed against the air conditioner this month, you might give one of these idea-driven books a try. "Exorcising Hitler" by Frederick Taylor Bloomsbury Press, $30 The evils of the Nazi regime have long been fodder for popular history, as has the Allied battle to defeat it. But what happened once the Allies succeeded? Frederick Taylor, author of "Dresden" and "The Berlin Wall," tells the morally, politically and logistically complicated story of the efforts to rebuild the German nation. ...

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