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Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria's Unholy War

Mike J. Smith · I. B. Tauris
Format: Hardcover

An insurgency in Nigeria by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has left thousands dead, shaken Africas biggest nation and worried the world. Yet they remain a mysterious-almost unknowable-organization. Through extensive on-the-ground reporting, Smith takes readers inside the violence...
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House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address

Michael Gross · Atria Books
Pages: 394
Format: Hardcover

In real estate-obsessed New York, no new building has captured the city's imagination - or as many of its richest residents - as Fifteen Central Park West. In House of Outrageous Fortune, America's foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael...
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Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved

Catharine Arnold · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Edward Prince of Wales, better known as "Bertie," was the eldest son of Queen Victoria. Charming and dissolute, he was a larger-than-life personality with king-size appetites. A lifelong womanizer, Bertie conducted his countless liaisons against the glittering backdrop of London...
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The Mayflower Murderer and Other Forgotten Firsts in American History

Peter F. Stevens · William Morrow & Co; 1st edition
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Twenty-five stories of firsts in America resurrect the men and women--forgers, humorists, poets, inventors, abolitionists, and the like--who have been unjustly robbed of their historical due for their early contributions to a young nation. 35,000 first printing.
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In the Wake of the Butcher : Cleveland's Torso Murders (Ohio)

James Jessen Badal · Kent State University Press
Pages: 255
Format: Paperback

On September 5, 1934, Frank LaGassie made a gruesome discovery. Partially buried was the lower half of a woman's torso, legs amputated at the knees. This "Lady of the Lake," as she was dubbed by the police and the press, was the first in a terrifying series of decapitation...
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Love, Madness, and Scandal: The Life of Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck

Johanna Luthman · Oxford University Press
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

The high society of Stuart, England found Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck (1602-1645) an exasperating woman. She lived at a time when women were expected to be obedient, silent, and chaste, but Frances displayed none of these qualities. Her determination to ignore convention...
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The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties

Carol Berkin · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

The real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be: a concise, vivid history of political strategy, big egos, and partisan interest that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the federal government and the states.Revered today for articulating America’s founding principles,...
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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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The Secrets of Italy: People, Places, and Hidden Histories

Corrado Augias · Rizzoli Ex Libris
Pages: 220
Format: Print book

One of Italy's best-known writers takes a Grand Tour through her cities, history, and literature in search of the true character of this contradictory nation. There is Michelangelo, but also the mafia. Pavarotti, but also Berlusconi. The debonair Milanese, but also the infamous captain...
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The Roman Army: The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World

Chris ed McNab · Metro Books
Format: Hardcover

Chris McNab's latest title for Osprey follows the Roman Army from the first armed citizens of the early Republic through the glorious heights of the Imperial legions to the shameful defeats inflicted upon the late Roman army by the Goths and Huns. Tracing the development of tactics,...
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Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood

Joachim C. Fest · Other Press; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

One of the New York Times Books Review's 100 Notable Books of 2014!A portrait of an intellectually rigorous German household opposed to the Nazis and how its members suffered for their political stanceFew writers have deepened our understanding of the Third Reich...
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Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy

Andrew Morton · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. "You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance."...
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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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All the Ways We Kill and Die: An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade, and the Hunt for His Killer

Brian Castner · Arcade Publishing
Pages: 340
Format: Print book

The search for a friend's killer is a riveting lesson in the way war has changed.The EOD - explosive ordnance disposal - community is tight-knit, and when one of their own is hurt, an alarm goes out. When Brian Castner, an Iraq War vet, learns that his friend and EOD brother Matt has been...
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The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture

Euny Hong · Picador
Format: Print book

A FRESH, FUNNY, UP-CLOSE LOOK AT HOW SOUTH KOREA REMADE ITSELF AS THE WORLD'S POP CULTURE POWERHOUSE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURYBy now, everyone in the world knows the song "Gangnam Style" and Psy, an instantly recognizable star. But the song's international popularity...
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