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Island People: The Caribbean and the World

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro · Knopf
Pages: 451
Format: Hardcover

A masterwork of travel literature and of history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region's common heritage...
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How the West won : the neglected story of the triumph of modernity

Rodney Stark · ISI Books,
Pages: 455
Format: Print book

"In this page-turning, myth-busting history, acclaimed author Rodney Stark shows exactly why Western civilization triumphed over other cultures?and why we all should be thankful it did." -- from publisher's website.
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A Wall in Palestine

Ren? Backmann · Picador; 1st edition
Format: Book

The West Bank Barrier is expected to be completed in 2010. Declared illegal by the United Nations International Court of Justice, this network of concrete walls, trenches, and barbed-wire fences could permanently redraw one of the most disputed property lines in the Middle East--the Green...
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Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North

Robert Ferguson · The Overlook Press
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

A journey of discovery though two millennia of Scandinavia's history, culture and society, "told with deep knowledge and an intoxicating passion" (BBC) .Scandinavia is the epitome of cool: we fill our homes with Nordic furniture; we envy their humane social welfare system...
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The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family

Gail Lumet Buckley · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 353
Format: Print book

In The Black Calhouns, Gail Lumet Buckley - daughter of actress Lena Horne - delves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African-American family from Civil War to Civil Rights.

Beginning with her great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun,...
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The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History

Kirsten Grind · Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

During the most dizzying days of the financial crisis, Washington Mutual, a bank with hundreds of billions of dollars in its coffers, suffered a crippling bank run. The story of its final, brutal collapse in the autumn of 2008, and its controversial sale to JPMorgan Chase, is an astonishing...
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Blood Feud: The Hatfields And The Mccoys: The Epic Story Of Murder And Vengeance

Lisa Alther · Lyons Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

America's most notorious family feud began in 1865 with the murder of a Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, by a Confederate Hatfield. But Southern grudges run long and deep. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs. This accusation triggered years of bloody violence...
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