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Henry Louis Gates Jr. · NYU Press; First Edition edition
Format: Print book

"In approaching this vast topic, Gates displays disarming modesty and enthusiasm; his tone is that of a letter from a perceptive friend who can't wait to share what he's learned." -The New Yorker 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World during the Middle...
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The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

Arkady Ostrovsky · Viking
Pages: 374
Format: Print book

WINNER OF THE 2016 ORWELL PRIZE FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR "Fast-paced and excellently written ... much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable." - New York Times "Filled with sparkling prose and deep analysis." -The Wall Street Journal How did a country...
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Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs

Bob Brier · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks. What...
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Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

Gordon Mathews · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Book

There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse...
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Road Hogs: Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970s

Eric Peters · Motorbooks; First edition
Format: Hardcover

Climb into one of America’s classic luxury cars from the 1960s and 1970s, swaddle yourself in yards and yards of fine Corinthian leather, scan the gigantic dashboard filled with esoteric dials and gauges that you can never hope to understand, twist the oversized ignition key,...
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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

James Donovan · Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought...
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The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict

Adam Horowitz · Nation Books
Format: Paperback

The Goldstone Report is one of the most controversial UN reports ever published. It alleges that both Israel and Hamas committed atrocities during Israel's 2009 incursion into Gaza, with Israel aiming to "punish, humiliate and terrorise a civilian population." This characterization...
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The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita · PublicAffairs
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

It's striking how many of the presidents Americans venerate - Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy, to name a few - oversaw some of the republic's bloodiest years. Perhaps it's because they looked out for important political causes....
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Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution

WILLARD STERNE RANDALL · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover

Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Willard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global...
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The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality

Thomas Borstelmann · Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover

The 1970s looks at an iconic decade when the cultural left and economic right came to the fore in American society and the world at large. While many have seen the 1970s as simply a period of failures epitomized by Watergate, inflation, the oil crisis, global unrest, and disillusionment...
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Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

Tom Bissell · Pantheon; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for,...
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The Missing of the Somme

Geoff Dyer · Vintage; Original edition
Format: Paperback

Geoff Dyer’s classic The Missing of the Somme is part travelogue, part meditation on remembrance—and completely, unabashedly, unlike any other book about the First World War. Through visits to battlefields and memorials, he examines the way that photographs and film, poetry...
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The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Jonathan Schneer · Random House; First Edition edition
Format: Book

Winner of the National Jewish Book AwardIssued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the twentieth century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of "a National Home for the Jewish people," and its reverberations...
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Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths

Philip Freeman · Simon & Schuster; Second Impression edition
Format: Hardcover

From acclaimed writer and scholar Philip Freeman, a contemporary retelling of classic Greek and Roman mythology. The myths of Greece and Rome have never died out; in fact they are as popular today as ever. For thousands of years, these myths have been the basis for plays, operas, paintings,...
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The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup Against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela

Brian A. Nelson · Nation Books; First Edition edition
Format: Print book

On April 11, 2002, nearly a million Venezuelans marched on the presidential palace to demand the resignation of President Hugo Chavez. Led by Pedro Carmona and Carlos Ortega, the opposition represented a cross-section of society furious with Chavez’s economic policies, specifically...
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