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Earth in Human Hands: The Rise of Terra Sapiens and Hope for Our Planet

David Grinspoon · Grand Central Pub
Pages: 496
Format: Print book

For the first time in Earth's history, one species--humans--is knowingly altering our planet's evolution, exerting increasing influence and attempting stewardship. How we handle this juncture may very well determine the fate not just of our species, but of life, and the planet. Without...
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The Black Prince: England's Greatest Medieval Warrior

MICHAEL K JONES · Pegasus Books
Pages: 488
Format: Hardcover

The remarkable and inspiring story of one of the greatest warrior-princes of the Middle Ages -- and an unforgettably vivid portrait of warfare and chivalry in the fourteen century.As a child he was given his own suit of armor; at the age of sixteen, he helped defeat the French at Crécy....
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The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story

Farida Khalaf · Atria Books
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Named a "Best Book of the Year" by New York Post "Farida Khalaf's story is harrowing but crucial - especially when it comes to understanding what ISIS actually is and does." - Glamour "As gripping as it is appalling ... a compelling testament to the suffering of ordinary...
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Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History

Richard Snow · Scribner
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

From acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow, who "writes with verve and a keen eye" (The New York Times Book Review) , the thrilling story of the naval battle that not only changed the Civil War but the future of all sea power.No single sea battle has had more far-reaching...
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First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role

Jeanne E Abrams · NYU Press
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover

How the three inaugural First Ladies defined the role for future generations, and carved a space for women in AmericaAmerica's first First Ladies - Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison - had the challenging task of playing a pivotal role in defining the nature of the American...
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Alex's Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St. Louis to Flee Nazi Germany—and a Grandson’s Journey of Love and Remembrance

Martin Goldsmith · Da Capo Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition
Format: Audiobook

Alex’s Wake is a tale of two parallel journeys undertaken seven decades apart. In the spring of 1939, Alex and Helmut Goldschmidt were two of more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany aboard the St. Louis, “the saddest ship afloat” (New York Times). Turned away...
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Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I

Alexander Watson · Basic Books; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

For Germany and Austria-Hungary the First World War started with high hopes for a rapid, decisive outcome. Convinced that right was on their side and fearful of the enemies that encircled them, they threw themselves resolutely into battle. Yet, despite the initial halting of a brutal Russian...
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The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures

Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of the hit podcast Lore, soon to be an online streaming series.They live in shadows - deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They're spoken...
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Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof

Roger Clarke · St. Martin's Press
Format: Kindle Edition

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice"Roger Clarke tells this [the story that inspired Henry James' The Turn of the Screw] and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative authority that tends to constrain the skeptical voice within ... [an]...
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The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

Daniel Stone · Dutton
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes - and thousands more - to the American plate.In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment....
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Brothers in Valor: Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor

Robert F. Jefferson · Lyons Press
Pages: 248
Format: Hardcover

During the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863, Sgt. William Harvey Carney picked up the fallen flag from his lifeless comrade. He waved the flag for all of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry to see and led the way to the parapet to plant the colors. After Col. Robert Gould Shaw was mortally...
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The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight

John Logsdon · Penguin Classics
Pages: 400
Format: eBook

The fascinating story of how NASA sent humans to explore outer space, told through a treasure trove of historical documents--publishing in celebration of NASA's 60th anniversary and with a foreword by Bill NyeAmong all the technological accomplishments of the last century, none has captured...
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Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution

Thomas P. Slaughter · Hill & Wang
Pages: 487
Format: Hardcover

An important new interpretation of the American colonists' 150-year struggle to achieve independence"What do we mean by the Revolution?" John Adams asked Thomas Jefferson in 1815. "The war? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an effect and consequence of it."...
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History and uncertain future of handwriting

Anne Trubek · Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

In the digital age of instant communication, handwriting is less necessary than ever before, and indeed fewer and fewer schoolchildren are being taught how to write in cursive. Signatures--far from John Hancock's elegant model--have become scrawls. In her recent and widely discussed and debated...
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