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The Storied City: The Quest for Timbuktu and the Fantastic Mission to Save Its Past

Charlie English · Riverhead Books
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Two tales of a city: The historical race to "discover" one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend."A...
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Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life

Diarmaid MacCulloch · Viking
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

The long-awaited biography of the genius who masterminded Henry VIII's bloody revolution in government, based on a decade of original archival research, which reveals at last Cromwell's role in the downfall of Anne Boleyn"This a book that - and it's not often you can say this - we have...
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A Brief History of WWI

Jon E. Lewis · Running Press; Revised edition
Format: Book

No other conflict has so dramatically illustrated the senselessness of war and shaped the modern world to the same extent, from its impact on the Russian Revolution and the rise of Hitler to the final break-up of the British Empire and the supremacy of America. Contains over 180 compelling...
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The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

Rebecca Fraser · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

From acclaimed historian and biographer Rebecca Fraser comes a vivid narrative history of the Mayflower and of the Winslow family, who traveled to America in search of a new world.The voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony is one of the seminal events in world history....
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Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War

James Kitfield · Basic Books
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

With the planned withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest conflicts in our nation's history were supposed to end. Yet we remain at war against expanding terrorist movements, and our security forces have had to continually adapt to a nihilistic foe that operates in the shadows.The...
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How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present and Future of a Four Billion Dollar Franchise

Chris Taylor · Basic Books
Format: Hardcover

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The Persecution of the Knights Templar: Scandal, Torture, Trial

Alain Demurger · Pegasus Books
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

The definitive account of history's most infamous trial, following the doomed Order of the Knights Templar from scandal to suppression. The trial of the Knights Templar is one of the most infamous in history. Accused of heresy by the king of France, the Templars were arrested and imprisoned,...
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Bush

Jean Edward Smith · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 808
Format: Print book

Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a critical yet fair biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself - most disastrously in invading Iraq - and how these decisions were often driven by the President's deep religious...
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Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

John Ferling · Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition
Format: eBook

Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for independence, there is a gaping hole one that John Ferlings latest book, Whirlwind, will fill. Books chronicling the Revolution have largely ranged from multivolume tomes...
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American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution

Walter R. Borneman · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

A vibrant new look at the American Revolution's first months, from the author of the bestseller The Admirals When we reflect on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion. In reality, the first weeks and months of 1775 were very tenuous,...
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Dreamstreets: A Journey Through Britain's Village Utopias

Jacqueline Yallop · Vintage
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

A history of one of the most enduring experiments of Victorian philanthropy -- the 'model' village. Twenty years ago, Jacqueline Yallop began her working life leading guided walks at a small village high in the fells of the North Pennines. Built by philanthropic employers for families...
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A Little History of Archaeology

BRIAN FAGAN · Yale University Press
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art....
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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Johann Hari · Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition
Format: Kindle Edition

"January, 2015 will mark a century of the war on drugs in the United States: one hundred years since the first arrests under the Harrison Act. Facing down this anniversary, Johann Hari was witnessing a close relative and an ex-boyfriend bottoming out on cocaine and heroin. But what...
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