A VIEW OF THE EMPIRE AT SUNSET By Caryl Phillips 324 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week. THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, by Randall Fuller. (Penguin, $18.) Fuller’s lively account focuses on the responses of a group of New England intellectuals to Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.
Needless to say, small children won’t be reading this review. It is aimed squarely at the grown-ups who buy picture books, borrow them, give them as gifts and read them aloud to children.
THE MORALIST Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made By Patricia O’Toole Illustrated. 636 pp. Simon & Schuster. $35 Historical memory has not been kind to Woodrow Wilson. No other president who accomplished so much has so few latter-day admirers.
TYRANT Shakespeare on Politics By Stephen Greenblatt 212 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $21.95. Is Shakespeare our contemporary? Stephen Greenblatt would have us believe he is.