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The dead duke, his secret wife, and the missing corpse : an extraordinary Edwardian case of deception and intrigue

Piu Marie Eatwell · Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
Pages: 338
Format: Print book

"One of the most notorious and bizarre mysteries of the Edwardian age, for readers who loved The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. At the close of the Victorian era, as now, privacy was power. The extraordinarily wealthy 5th Duke of Portland had a mania for it, hiding in his horsedrawn carriage...
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Baltimore County, Maryland, Deed Records, Vol. 1: 1659-1737

John Davis · Heritage Books
Pages: 474
Format: Paperback

The deed records abstracted here include lands that lie within present-day Baltimore City, Cecil and Harford Counties, and parts of Carroll, Anne Arundel, Howard and Kent Counties. Entries are more or less chronological, variations being due to the fact that transactions were often recorded...
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I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History

Byron Hollinshead · Doubleday
Pages: 318
Format: Print book

The Authors and Essays in I Wish I'd Been There®, Book TwoJosiah Ober ·At the Deathbed of Alexander the GreatTom Holland · Hannibal Crosses the Alps Theodore K. Rabb · Christmas Day in the Year 800John Julius Norwich · Venice, July 24, 1177Katherine Fischer Drew · Magna Carta...
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Mrs. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery's Frontier

Lea VanderVelde · Oxford University Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Among the most infamous U.S. Supreme Court decisions is Dred Scott v. Sandford. Despite the cases signal importance as a turning point in Americas history, the lives of the slave litigants have receded to the margins of the record, as conventional accounts have focused on the cases judges...
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The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908 - 1923

Sean McMeekin · Penguin Press, an imprint of Random House LLC
Pages: 550
Format: Print book

An astonishing retelling of twentieth-century history from the Ottoman perspective, delivering profound new insights into World War I and the contemporary Middle EastBetween 1911 and 1922, a series of wars would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, in which the central conflict,...
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Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Steve Erwin · Hay House; First Edition edition
Pages: 215
Format: Hardcover

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculees family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives...
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The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

Mark Logue · Sterling; Softcover Ed edition
Format: Paperback

The "quack" who saved a king... Featuring a star-studded cast of Academy Award winners and nominees, The King's Speech won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award and is generating plenty of Oscar buzz. This official film tie-in is written...
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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

Wade Davis · Knopf; First edition
Format: Hardcover

On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everests North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britains finest climber. Sandy Irvine was a young Oxford scholar of twenty-two with little previous mountaineering experience....
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The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels

Janet Soskice · Knopf; 1 edition
Format: Book

In 1892, two sisters, identical twins from Scotland, made one of one of most important scriptural discoveries of modern times. Combing the library of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai, they found a neglected palimpsest: beneath an unpreposessing life of female saints, they...
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Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

Thomas Cahill · Nan A. Talese
Format: Hardcover

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book. In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas...
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Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets

Barry Siegel · Harper; 1 edition
Format: Book

On October 6, 1948, a U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress crashed soon after takeoff, killing three civilian engineers and six crew members. In June 1949, the engineers' widows filed suit against the government, determined to find out what exactly had happened to their husbands and why the three...
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Liberty or Death: The French Revolution

Peter McPhee · Yale University Press
Pages: 488
Format: Print book

The French Revolution has fascinated, perplexed, and inspired for more than two centuries. It was a seismic event that radically transformed France and launched shock waves across the world. In this provocative new history, Peter McPhee draws on a lifetime's study of eighteenth-century...
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