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Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

Omer Bartov · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating and cautionary examination of how genocide can take root at the local level - turning neighbors, friends, and even family members against one another - as seen through the eastern European border town of Buczacz during World War II.For more than four hundred years, the Eastern...
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Salt: A World History

Mark Kurlansky · Walker & Company; Seventh Impression edition
Pages: 484
Format: Hardcover

Homer called salt a divine substance. Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. Today we take salt for granted, a common, inexpensive substance that seasons food or clears ice from roads, a word used casually in expressions ("salt of the earth," take it with a grain of salt")...
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Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty

STEPHEN BRUMWELL · Yale University Press
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Why did the once-ardent hero of the American Revolutionary cause become its most dishonored traitor? General Benedict Arnold's failed attempt to betray the fortress of West Point to the British in 1780 stands as one of the most infamous episodes in American history. In the light of a shining...
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Enemies and Neighbors: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017

IAN BLACK · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover

From a long-time Guardian correspondent and editor, an expansive, authoritative, and balanced account of over a century of violent confrontation, war, and occupation in Palestine and Israel, published on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and 50th anniversary of the Six-Day...
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The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

Daniel Mendelsohn · Harper
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic - part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work - that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory,...
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An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

Gary B Nash · Oxford University Press
Pages: 1010
Format: Hardcover

By the time of his death in 1988, Romare Bearden was most widely celebrated for his large-scale public murals and collages, which were reproduced in such places as Time and Esquire to symbolize and evoke the black experience in America. As Mary Schmidt Campbell shows us in this definitive,...
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The Story of World War II: Revised, expanded, and updated from the original text by Henry Steele Commager

Donald L. Miller · Simon & Schuster; Revised & enlarged edition
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover

"The Story of World War II" is a completely rewritten, expanded, and updated version-more than 75 percent new-of the classic narrative of the war that captures all the immediacy of the original work and contains hundreds of new firsthand accounts. In late 1945, Henry Steele Commager...
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Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior

Arthur Herman · Random House
Pages: 937
Format: Print book

A new, definitive life of an American icon, the visionary general who led American forces through three wars and foresaw his nation's great geopolitical shift toward the Pacific Rim - from the Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author of Gandhi & Churchill Douglas MacArthur was arguably...
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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Adam Higginbotham · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 560
Format: Hardcover

Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster - and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters.Early in the morning...
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The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps

Edward Brooke-Hitching · Chronicle Books
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

The Phantom Atlas is a guide to the world not as it is, but as it was imagined to be. It's a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases through mistakes, misunderstanding,...
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Searching for the Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World

JOHN MAN · Pegasus Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A deeply researched and sweeping history that redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive...
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June 6, 1944: The Voices of D-Day

Gerald Astor · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 370
Format: Book

More than seventy personal accounts and twenty-four pages of photographs of the Normandy Invasion redefine World War II's most astounding operation in honor of its fiftieth anniversary. By the author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide.
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Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

Pages: 752
Format: Hardcover

An absorbing and definitive modern history of the Vietnam War from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Secret War.Vietnam became the Western world's most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United...
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Civilizations: Ten Thousand Years of Ancient History

Jane McIntosh · DK ADULT; First American Edition edition
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Civilization takes the reader from the earliest days of human settlement to the civilizations of the New World overthrown by the Spanish conquistadors. After a brief look at humanity's development as monadic hunters and gatherers, the book opens with the crucial step taken around 10,000...
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