Hatless Jack: The President, The Fedora And The Death Of The Hat, by Neil Steinberg, Granta, €17.50.
Hats and hatlessness used to excite deep passions, according to Neil Steinberg's droll history of the wearing and making of hats.
In the late 19th century, men who went out bareheaded were publicly rebuked. In the United States mobs enforced mayoral proclamations governing the wearing of straw hats.
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