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China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice

Richard Bernstein · Vintage
Format: Paperback

At the beginning of 1945, relations between America and the Chinese Communists couldn't have been closer. Chinese leaders talked of America helping to lift China out of poverty; Mao Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emissaries. By year's end, Chinese Communist soldiers...
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A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1849

Sidney Blumenthal · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 576
Format: Print book

The first of a multi-volume history of Lincoln as a political genius - from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume traces Lincoln from his painful youth, describing himself as "a slave,"...
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An Illustrated History of the Crusades and the Crusader Knights: The history, myth and romance of the medieval knight on crusade, with over 400 ... sieges, fortresses, triumphs and defeats

Charles Phillips · Southwater
Format: Book

An unparalleled illustrated history of the crusading knight the lands they lost and won and the inspiration that motivated them
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When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends

Mary Sperling McAuliffe · Rowman & Littlefield
Pages: 317
Format: Print book

When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Années folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them - one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat...
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Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights

Paulo Lemos Horta · Harvard University Press
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

Although many of its stories originated centuries ago in the Middle East, the Arabian Nights is regarded as a classic of world literature by virtue of the seminal French and English translations produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Supporting the suspicion that the story...
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The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939

Adrian Tinniswood · Basic Books
Pages: 344
Format: Print book

As WWI drew to a close, change reverberated through the halls of England's country homes. As the sun set slowly on the British Empire, the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homes.In The Long Weekend, historian Adrian Tinniswood introduces us to the tumultuous, scandalous...
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Unhappy Union: How the euro crisis – and Europe – can be fixed

Anton La Guardia · The Economist
Format: Hardcover

The euro was supposed to create an unbreakable bond between the nations and people of Europe. But when the debt crisis struck, the flaws of the half-built currency brought the European Union close to breaking point after decades of post-war integration.Deep fault-lines have opened up between...
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Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

Peter Ackroyd · Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition
Format: Hardcover

Peter Ackroyd, whose work has always been underpinned by a profound interest in and understanding of England's history, now tells the epic story of England itself.In Foundation, the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's...
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Putin's Wars: The Rise of Russia's New Imperialism

Marcel H van Herpen · Rowman & Littlefield
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover

This book offers the first systematic analysis of Putins two wars, placing the Second Chechen War and the War with Georgia of 2008 in their broader historical contexts. Drawing on extensive original Russian sources, Marcel H. Van Herpen analyzes in detail how Putins wars were prepared and conducted...
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Artists' Textiles 1940-1976

Geoff Rayner · Antique Collectors Club Dist
Format: Paperback

The development of textiles as an art form between 1945 and 1970, and the extent of collaboration between artists and textile manufacturers at this time, is unrivalled in modern art history. Raoul Dufy was the first twentieth-century artist to become seriously and successfully involved...
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Garlic, an Edible Biography: The History, Politics, and Mythology behind the World's Most Pungent Food--with over 100 Recipes

Robin Cherry · Roost Books
Format: Paperback

Garlic weaves a colorful, engaging story about one of the world's timeless ingredients--perfect for food lovers, devoted eaters, and readers of culinary narrative. Garlic is the Lord Byron of produce, a lusty rogue that charms and seduces you but runs off before dawn, leaving a bad taste...
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