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America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age

Rework America. · W. W. NORTON & COMPANY
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

It is time for a new conversation.Amid the biggest economic transformation in a century, the challenge of our time is to make sure that all Americans benefit from the wave of digital revolutions around the world that have permeated and upended modern life. Yet today's economic arguments...
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Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

Peter Ackroyd · Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first...
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The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan

Dilip Hiro · Nation Books
Format: Hardcover

The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000 people were butchered, and 12 million fled their homes - primarily in caravans...
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Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership

Susan Butler · Knopf
Format: Hardcover

A hugely important book that solely and fully explores for the first time the complex partnership during World War II between FDR and Stalin, by the editor of My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin ("History owes a debt to Susan...
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Half That Has Never Been Told

Edward E Baptist · Basic Books
Format: Print book

Americans tend to assume that modern historiography has produced a full and complete understanding of slavery in the United States, as a shameful pre-modern institution, existing in isolation from America's later success. But while we have long since rejected the idealistic depiction of happy...
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The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game

Mary Pilon · Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover

The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable...
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Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics

Michael Barone · Crown Forum
Format: Hardcover

It is often said that America has become culturally diverse only in the past quarter century. But from the country’s beginning, cultural variety and conflict have been a centrifugal force in American politics and a crucial reason for our rise to power.   The peopling of the United...
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Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice

Scott Helman · Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Pages: 352
Format: Book

In the tradition of 102 Minutes and Columbine, the definitive book on the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, written by reporters from The Boston Globe and published to coincide with the first anniversary of the tragedyLong Mile Home will tell the gripping...
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Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914

Prit Buttar · Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Imperial Germany, Hapsburg Austria-Hungary, and Tsarist Russia clashed on a scale greater than the Western Front campaign to the Marne and the Race to the Sea in 1914.Drawing on first-hand accounts and detailed archival research, this is a dramatic retelling of the tumultuous events of the first...
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Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey

Peter Carlson · PublicAffairs; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition
Format: Hardcover

Junius Browne and Albert Richardson covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until Confederates captured them as they tried to sneak past Vicksburg on a hay barge. Shuffled from one Rebel prison to another, they escaped and trekked across the snow-covered Appalachians with the help...
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Soccer in Sun and Shadow

Eduardo Galeano · Nation Books; Rev Upd edition

In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer, award-winning writer Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places. In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Galeano takes us to ancient China, where engravings...
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The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose

Jack Shuler · PublicAffairs
Format: Hardcover

The story of a rope a symbol and rough justice in AmericaThe hangmans knot is a simple thing to tie just a rope carefully coiled around itself up to thirteen times But in those thirteen turns lie a powerful symbol one that is all too deeply connected to Americas pastand presentThe last...
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The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution

D C B Lieven · Viking
Pages: 426
Format: Print book

"Lieven has a double gift: first, for harvesting details to convey the essence of an era and, second, for finding new, startling, and clarifying elements in familiar stories. This is history with a heartbeat, and it could not be more engrossing." - Foreign AffairsOne of the world's...
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My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Ari Shavit · Spiegel & Grau; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMISTWinner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book AwardAn authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel,...
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When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington

Peter Snow · Thomas Dunne Books
Format: eBook

In August the United States army was defeated just outside Washington DC by the worlds greatest military power President James Madison and his wife had just enough time to flee the White House before the British invaders entered British troops stopped to feast on the meal still sitting...
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The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind--and Changed the History of Free Speech in America

Thomas Healy · Metropolitan Books
Format: Hardcover

A gripping intellectual history reveals how Oliver Wendell Holmes became a free‑speech advocate and established the modern understanding of the First AmendmentNo right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that...
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Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate

Shawn DuBravac · Regnery Publishing
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Bestseller!Our world is about to change.In Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Change the Way We Live, Work, and Communicate, Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) , argues that the groundswell...
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Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

Sarah Helm · Nan A. Talese
Format: Hardcover

A masterly and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of World War II: Ravensbrück, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 867 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - was marched through...
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Shock factor : America's snipers in the War on Terror

Jack Coughlin; John R Bruning · St. Martin's Press
Format: Audio CD

A retired marine sniper and an award-winning journalist present an insider's assessment of America's sniper force to challenge popular misconceptions and pay tribute to the snipers who made pivotal contributions during the War on Terror. --Publisher's description.
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The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan

J Kael Weston · Vintage
Pages: 585
Format: Paperback

A New York Times Editors' ChoiceA Military Times Best Book of the YearJ. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department. Upon returning home, traveling throughout the United States to pay his respects to the dead and wounded,...
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Ancient Egypt: Everyday Life in the Land of the Nile

Bob Brier · Sterling
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

A vivid view of life in ancient Egypt. More than 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians founded one of the world's oldest civilizations. We know of its pyramids, art, and pharaohs. But what was life really like then? Ordinary citizens in ancient Egypt lived and worked in much the same...
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The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

Linda Przybyszewski · Basic Books
Format: Kindle Edition

The New York Times Book Review - Alexandra Jacobs …like another forgotten artifact, the hope chest, [Przybyszewski's] remedial book is most delightfully and fragrantly packed. Publishers Weekly03/03/2014 Both a history...
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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Eric Schlosser · Penguin Press HC, The
Format: Hardcover

The New YorkerExcellent... hair-raising... Command and Control is how nonfiction should be written. Louis MenandFamed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of Americas nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses,...
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North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors

Daniel Tudor · Tuttle Publishing
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors.North Korea is one of the most troubled societies on earth. The country's 24 million people live under a violent dictatorship led by a single family, which relentlessly pursues the development of nuclear arms, which...
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The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

Brian Fagan · Bloomsbury Press
Pages: 308
Format: Print book

Animals, and our ever-changing relationship with them, have left an indelible mark on human history. From the dawn of our existence, animals and humans have been constantly redefining their relationship with one another, and entire civilizations have risen and fallen upon this curious bond...
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World Without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire

Hugh Thomas · Random House
Format: Hardcover

Following Rivers of Gold and The Golden Empire and building on five centuries of scholarship, World Without End is the epic conclusion of an unprecedented three-volume history of the Spanish Empire from "one of the most productive and wide-ranging historians of modern times" (The...
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A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare

Diana Preston · Bloomsbury Press
Format: Hardcover

In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought. On April 22, at Ypres, German canisters spewed poison gas at French and Canadian soldiers in their trenches; on May 7, the German submarine U-20, without warning, torpedoed...
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Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

Robert D. Kaplan · Random House
Pages: 225
Format: Hardcover

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FINANCIAL TIMESFrom Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world's Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a penetrating look at the volatile region that will dominate the future of geopolitical conflict. Over the last decade,...
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Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal

Abigail Carroll · Basic Books; 8.11.2013 edition
Format: Hardcover

We are what we eat, as the saying goes, but we are also how we eat, and when, and where. Our eating habits reveal as much about our society as the food on our plates, and our national identity is written in the eating schedules we follow and the customs we observe at the table and on the go.In...
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Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

Mark Essig · Basic Books
Format: Hardcover

Unlike other barnyard animals, which pull plows, give eggs or milk, or grow wool, a pig produces only one thing meat. Incredibly efficient at converting almost any organic matter into nourishing, delectable protein, swine are nothing short of a gastronomic godsendyet their flesh is banned...
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Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment

Burt Neuborne · The New Press; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

Are you sitting down? It turns out that everything you learned about the First Amendment is wrong. For too long, weve been treating small, isolated snippets of the text as infallible gospel without looking at the masterpiece of the whole. Legal luminary Burt Neuborne argues that the structure...
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America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

Hugh Wilford · Basic Books; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

From the 911 attacks to waterboarding to drone strikes, relations between the United States and the Middle East seem caught in a downward spiral. And all too often, the Central Intelligence Agency has made the situation worse. But this crisis was not a historical inevitabilityfar from...
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The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity

Peter Brown · Harvard University Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Romes fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the Churchs...
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Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Sven Beckert · Knopf; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZEPULITZER PRIZE FINALISTThe epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism. Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding...
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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Edward E. Baptist · Basic Books
Format: Hardcover

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution - the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half...
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Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

Rebecca Goldstein · Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pages: 459
Format: Hardcover

Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy,...
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The Second Amendment: A Biography

Michael Waldman · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 255
Format: Hardcover

By the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.At a time of renewed debate over guns in America, what does the Second Amendment mean? This book looks at history...
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Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate

Gary J Byrne · Center St
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne exposes the truth behind Hillary, Bill, and their public facade.Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, Former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside...
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Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival

Peter Stark · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 366
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Skeleton in the Zahara, Astoria is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band...
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The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

Margaret MacMillan · Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages: 739
Format: Paperback

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * The Economist * The Christian Science Monitor * Bloomberg Businessweek * The Globe and MailFrom the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating...
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The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789

Edward Larson · William Morrow; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important—yet almost always overlooked—chapter of George Washingtons life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first...
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Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

Lawrence Wright · Knopf; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle...
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Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story

Thanassis Cambanis · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis tells the wonderfully readable and insightful Booklist, starred review inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Cambanis brings to life the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces that—for...
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The Hundred Years War: A People's History

Dr. David Green · Yale University Press; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The Hundred Years War 13371453 dominated life in England and France for well over a century. It became the defining feature of existence for generations. This sweeping book is the first to tell the human story of the longest military conflict in history. Historian David Green focuses on the ways...
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An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

Nick Bunker · Knopf; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Written from a strikingly fresh perspective, this new account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution shows how a lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics led to a war that few people welcomed but nobody could prevent. In this powerful but fair-minded...
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Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

Caroline Moorehead · Harper; First U.S. First Printing edition
Format: Hardcover

From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II—told in full for the first time.Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains...
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The Downfall of Money: Germany's Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class

Frederick Taylor · Bloomsbury Press
Format: Print book

A hundred years ago, many theorists believed—just as they did at the beginning of our twenty-first century—that the world had reached a state of economic perfection, a never before seen human interdependence that would lead to universal growth and prosperity. Then, as now, the German...
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Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

Bryan Burrough · Penguin Press
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970sThe Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint...
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Katrina: After the Flood

Gary Rivlin · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana - on August 29, 2005 - journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm's immediate damage, the city of New Orleans's efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm's lasting effects not just on the city's geography...
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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Eric H. Cline · Princeton University Press
Pages: 237
Format: Hardcover

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance,...
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After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace

A. J. Langguth · Simon & Schuster; First Edition / First Printing edition
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant evocation of the post-Civil War era by the acclaimed author of Patriots and Union 1812. After Lincoln tells the story of the Reconstruction, which set back black Americans and isolated the South for a century.With Lincoln's assassination, his "team of rivals,"...
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One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Kevin M. Kruse · Basic Books
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of "Christian America" is an invention - and a relatively recent one at that.As Kruse argues, the belief that America...
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You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

Hiawatha Bray · Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group
Pages: 385
Format: eBook

The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS - and the consequent decline of privacyWhat does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically aided era of navigational omniscience - or how we came to know exactly where...
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Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Wendy Lower · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Wendy Lower’s stunning account of the role of German women on the World War II Nazi eastern front powerfully revises history, proving that we have ignored the reality of women’s participation in the Holocaust, including as brutal killers. The long-held picture of German women...
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Money: The Unauthorized Biography

Felix Martin · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

From ancient currency to Adam Smith, from the gold standard to shadow banking and the Great Recession: a sweeping historical epic that traces the development and evolution of one of humankind's greatest inventions.What is money, and how does it work? In this tour de force of political,...
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The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young

Somini Sengupta · W W Norton, 2016.
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

A penetrating, personal look at contemporary India -- the world's largest democracy at a moment of transition.Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975. Returning thirty years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different...
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Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad

Eric Foner · W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
Pages: 301
Format: Print book

The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making brilliant use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize-winning...
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The Middle Ages

Johannes Fried · Belknap Press, 2015.
Pages: 632
Format: Print book

Since the fifteenth century, when humanist writers began to speak of a "middle" period in history linking their time to the ancient world, the nature of the Middle Ages has been widely debated. Across the millennium from 500 to 1500, distinguished historian Johannes Fried describes...
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Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

Brenda Wineapple · Harper
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013A Kirkus Best Book of 2013A Bookpage Best Book of 2013Dazzling in scope, Ecstatic Nation illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's past, when the country dreamed big, craved new lands and new freedom, and was bitterly...
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Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now:

Various · Library of America; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

“The history of Shakespeare in America,” writes James Shapiro in his introduction to this groundbreaking anthology, “is also the history of America itself.” Shakespeare was a central, inescapable part of America’s literary inheritance, and a prism through which...
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13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi

Mitchell Zuckoff · Hachette Book Group USA
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
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Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

Christopher McDougall · Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Pages: 337
Format: Print book

The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere. After...
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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Norman Ohler · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A fast-paced narrative that discovers a surprising perspective on World War II: Nazi Germany's all-consuming reliance on drugs The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated...
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The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era

Michael A. Ross · Oxford University Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

In June 1870, the residents of the city of New Orleans were already on edge when two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby from in front of her New Orleans home. It was the height of Radical Reconstruction, and the old racial order had been turned upside down:...
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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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The library beyond the book

Jeffrey T Schnapp; Matthew Battles · Harvard University Press
Pages: 167
Format: Print book

With textbook readers and digital downloads proliferating, it is easy to imagine a time when printed books will vanish. Such forecasts miss the mark, argue Jeffrey Schnapp and Matthew Battles. Future bookshelves will not be wholly virtual, and libraries will thrive -- although in a variety...
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Double Down: Game Change 2012

Mark Halperin · Penguin Press HC, The
Format: Hardcover

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times:"Those hungry for political news will read Double Down for the scooplets and insidery glimpses it serves up about the two campaigns, and the clues it offers about the positioning already going on among Republicans and Democrats for 2016 ... The book...
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From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town

Ingrid D Rowland · The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover

When Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, the force of the explosion blew the top right off the mountain, burying nearby Pompeii in a shower of volcanic ash. Ironically, the calamity that proved so lethal for Pompeii's inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman...
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The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great

Harvey J. Kaye · Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover

On January 6, 1941, the Greatest Generation gave voice to its founding principles, the Four Freedoms: Freedom from want and from fear. Freedom of speech and religion. In the name of the Four Freedoms they fought the Great Depression. In the name of the Four Freedoms they defeated the Axis...
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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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After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate

Mary Ziegler · Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover

Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade continues to make headlines. After Roe The Lost History of the Abortion Debate cuts through the myths and misunderstandings to present a clear-eyed account of cultural and political responses...
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The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Larry J. Sabato · Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover

John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago—yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato—himself a teenager in the early...
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The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great

Harvey J. Kaye · Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

The fascinating story of Franklin Roosevelt, the Greatest Generation, and the freedoms they won, is a “stirring, heady dose of American history by a…progressive thinker” (Kirkus Reviews).On January 6, 1941, the Greatest Generation gave voice to its founding principles,...
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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

David Brion Davis · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 422
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction Shortlisted for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical LiteratureFrom the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial history of slavery and emancipation in Western culture that has been nearly...
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari · Harpercollins
Pages: 443
Format: Book

New York Times BestsellerA Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution - a #1 international bestseller - that explores the ways in which biology and history...
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The Perfection of the Paper Clip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationery Obsession

James Ward · Touchstone
Format: Hardcover

This wonderfully quirky book will change the way you look at your desk forever with stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries, and an appreciation for everyday objects, like the humble but perfectly designed paper clip and the utilitarian, irreplaceable pencil.How many of humanity’s...
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The Dream of the Great American Novel

Lawrence Buell · The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Pages: 567
Format: Book

The idea of "the great American novel" continues to thrive almost as vigorously as in its nineteenth-century heyday, defying 150 years of attempts to dismiss it as amateurish or obsolete. In this landmark book, the first in many years to take in the whole sweep of national fiction,...
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Building the H Bomb: A Personal History

Kenneth W Ford · World Scientific Publishing Co
Format: Print book

In this engaging scientific memoir, Kenneth Ford recounts the time when, in his mid-twenties, he was a member of the team that designed and built the first hydrogen bomb. He worked with — and relaxed with — scientific giants of that time such as Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, Stan Ulam,...
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The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself

Andrew Pettegree · YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pages: 445
Format: Print book

Long before the invention of printing, let alone the availability of a daily newspaper, people desired to be informed. In the pre-industrial era news was gathered and shared through conversation and gossip, civic ceremony, celebration, sermons, and proclamations. The age of print brought...
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Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Max Hastings · Knopf
Pages: 628
Format: Hardcover

From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I: the dramatic stretch from the breakdown of diplomacy to the battles - the Marne, Ypres, Tannenberg - that marked the frenzied first year before the war bogged down in the trenches. In Catastrophe 1914,...
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Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Laura Hillenbrand · Random House
Pages: 473
Format: NOOK Book

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.
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The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

Carlotta Gall · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 329
Format: Hardcover

Carlotta Gall has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people, and how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government...
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The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World

Greg Grandin · Holt & Company, Henry
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover

From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America's struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyondOne morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal...
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A History of the World in 12 Maps

Jerry Brotton · Viking Adult
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating look at twelve maps—from Ancient Greece to Google Earth—and how they changed our world In this masterful study, historian and cartography expert Jerry Brotton explores a dozen of history’s most influential maps, from stone tablet to vibrant computer screen....
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The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union

Orlando Figes · Basic Books
Format: Kindle Edition

"A prize-winning historian presents a vivid revisionist account of the Soviet Union's collapse over the final five months of 1991"--Provided by publisher.
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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott · Harper
Pages: 513
Format: Hardcover

Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and "pioneer of sizzle history" (USA Today) , tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating...
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Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History

Mark Bailey · Algonquin Books; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

True tales of celebrity hijinks are served up with an equal measure of Hollywood history, movie-star mayhem, and a frothy mix of forty cocktail recipes.Humphrey Bogart got himself arrested for protecting his drinking buddies, who happened to be a pair of stuffed pandas. Ava Gardner would...
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Shock Factor: American Snipers in the War on Terror

Jack Coughlin · St. Martin's Press; First Editon: November 2014 edition
Format: Hardcover

From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Shooter, comes a riveting narrative of how snipers have changed the course of America's war on al Qaida in the Middle East and Africa.Retired Marine sniper Jack Coughlin (Shooter) and John Bruning pull back the curtain of secrecy...
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Capital : A Critique of Political Economy

Karl Marx · Penguin Books in association with New Left Review
Pages: 624
Format: Paperback

The second volume of a political treatise that changed the worldA vital cornerstone to Marx's overall theory of economics, the second volume of Capital considers in depth the nature of commodity and the market-place bourgeois society. This immensely powerful work argues that prosperity...
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KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

Nikolaus Wachsmann · Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Pages: 880
Format: Hardcover

In March of 1933, a disused factory surrounded by barbed wire held 223 prisoners in the town of Dachau. By the end of 1945, the SS concentration camp system had become an overwhelming landscape of terror. Twenty-two large camps and over one thousand satellite camps throughout Germany and Europe...
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Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness

Neil Swidey · Broadway Books
Format: Paperback

The harrowing story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results  A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. The city had been dumping sewage into...
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100 Poems: Old and New

Rudyard Kipling · Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardcover

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature and author of one of the most popular poems in the English language, 'If-', has long captured the interest of poetry lovers. Here, Thomas Pinney brings together a selection of well-established favourites...
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Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour

Richard Zacks · Doubleday
Pages: 450
Format: Print book

From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain's late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy - and revived his world-class sense of humorMark Twain, the highest-paid...
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The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel

Cathy Scott-Clark · Penguin Books
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the CWA Nonfiction Dagger Award, the definitive account of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai Mumbai, 2008. On the night of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked targets throughout the city, including the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, one of the world’s most exclusive...
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The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War

Dick Lehr · PublicAffairs
Format: Hardcover

In 1915, two men - one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker - incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights.Monroe Trotter and D. W. Griffith were fighting over...
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The New York Times Book of World War II 1939-1945: The Coverage from the Battlefield to the Home Front

The New York Times · Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Har/Dvdr edition
Format: Print book

The New York Times printed more words on World War II than any other newspaper and had more than 160 correspondents worldwide reporting on the war. Now, for the first time, The New York Times Complete World War II offers a singular opportunity to experience all the battles, politics, and personal...
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The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

Graham Robb · W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Hardcover

A treasure hunt that uncovers the secrets of one of the worlds great civilizations, revealing dramatic proof of the extreme sophistication of the Celts, and their creation of the earliest accurate map of the world. Fifty generations ago the cultural empire of the Celts stretched from the Black...
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The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union

Serhii Plokhy · Basic Books (AZ)
Pages: 489
Format: Hardcover

On Christmas Day, 1991, President George H. W. Bush addressed the nation to declare an American victory in the Cold War: earlier that day Mikhail Gorbachev had resigned as the first and last Soviet president. The enshrining of that narrative, one in which the end of the Cold War was linked...
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The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society

Julian E. Zelizer · Penguin Press
Format: Hardcover

A majestic big-picture account of the Great Society and the forces that shaped it, from Lyndon Johnson and members of Congress to the civil rights movement and the mediaBetween November 1963, when he became president, and November 1966, when his party was routed in the midterm elections,...
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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

Tom Standage · Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover

Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common, as each was their generation’s signature means of “instant” communication. Indeed, as Tom Standage reveals in his scintillating new book, social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that Roman statesmen...
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Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

Cokie Roberts · Harper
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover

In this engrossing and informative companion to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women...
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Untitled

Thanassis Cambanis · Free Press
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis tells the "wonderfully readable and insightful" (BOOKLIST , starred review) inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.Cambanis brings to life the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces...
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Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution--As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen

Mallory Factor · Broadside Books
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover

Drawing from his comprehensive, star-studded course at the Citadel, Mallory Factor, the New York Times bestselling author of Shadowbosses, brings together a fascinating and diverse range of essays from leading figures and activists which explore and illuminate the conservative intellectual...
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Mary Roach · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 285
Format: Print book

A New York Times / National Bestseller "America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.Grunt tackles the science behind...
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The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World

Alison Wolf · Crown
Format: Hardcover

Noted British academic and journalist Alison Wolf offers a surprising and thoughtful study of the professional elite, and examines the causes - and limits - of women's rise and the consequences of their difficult choices.The gender gap is closing. Today, for the first time in history,...
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Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One

Kevin Jackson · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Hardcover

Ezra Pound referred to 1922 as Year One of a new era. It was the year that began with the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses and ended with the publication of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, two works that were arguably “the sun and moon” of modernist literature,...
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Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs

Laurel Braitman · PublicAffairs
Format: Kindle Edition

From Barnes & NobleA recent scientific study by international researchers indicated that dogs may have been domesticated as far back as 32,000 years ago. Cats became human pets much more recently, but even these relative newcomers are now generally regarded as family members or surrogate...
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Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima

Alexander Rose · Random House
Format: eBook

In the grand tradition of John Keegans enduring classic The Face of Battle comes a searing, unforgettable chronicle of war through the eyes of the American soldiers who fought in three of our most iconic battles Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima.   This is not a book about how great...
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Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

Peter Ackroyd · Thomas Dunne Books; 1st US Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first...
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The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall

Mary Elise Sarotte · Basic Books
Format: Kindle Edition

Publishers Weekly08/25/2014 The Soviet Union suffered the most significant symbolic defeat in the Cold War with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but Sarotte, professor of government and history at Harvard University, thinks that is only half of the story. What emerges from this detailed account...
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The Novel: A Biography

Michael Schmidt · Belknap Press
Pages: 1172
Format: Hardcover

The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Geographically and culturally boundless, with contributions from Great Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa; influenced by great novelists working in other languages;...
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Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune

John Merriman · Basic Books
Format: eBook

The Paris Commune lasted for only 64 days in 1871, but during that short time it gave rise to some of the grandest political dreams of the nineteenth century—before culminating in horrific violence.Following the disastrous French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, hungry and politically...
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Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I

Nick Lloyd · Basic Books (AZ)
Pages: 350
Format: Hardcover

In the late summer of 1918, after four long years of senseless, stagnant fighting, the Western Front erupted. The bitter four-month struggle that ensued - known as the Hundred Days Campaign - saw some of the bloodiest and most ferocious combat of the Great War, as the Allies grimly worked...
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Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry

Gareth Murphy · Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover

Cowboys and Indies is nothing less than the first definitive history of the recording industry on both sides of the Atlantic.From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, author and industry insider Gareth Murphy takes...
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Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History

Bernard Bailyn · Knopf
Format: Hardcover

From one of the most respected historians in America, twice the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a new collection of essays that reflects a lifetime of erudition and accomplishments in history.The past has always been elusive: How can we understand people whose worlds were utterly different...
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The cause of all nations : an international history of the American Civil War

Don Harrison Doyle · Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
Pages: 382
Format: Print book

"When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, he had broader aims than simply rallying a war-weary nation. Lincoln realized that the Civil War had taken on a wider significance-that all of Europe and Latin America was watching to see whether the United States, a beleaguered...
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