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The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times

Christopher De Bellaigue · Liveright
Pages: 560
Format: Hardcover

A revelatory and game-changing narrative that rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world.With majestic prose, Christopher de Bellaigue presents an absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the nineteenth...
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Madness Rules the Hour: Charleston, 1860 and the Mania for War

PAUL STAROBIN · PublicAffairs
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover

"The tea has been thrown overboard-the revolution of 1860 has been initiated." --Charleston Mercury, November 8, 1860In 1860, Charleston, South Carolina, embodied the combustible spirit of the South. No city was more fervently attached to slavery, and no city was seen by the North...
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Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas

Laura Sook Duncombe · Chicago Review Press
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover

In the first-ever Seven Seas history of the world's female buccaneers, Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside - and sometimes in command of - their male...
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The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao

Ian Johnson · Pantheon
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a revelatory portrait of religion in China today - its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China's future. The Souls of China tells the story of one of the world's...
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A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History

DIANA B HENRIQUES · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

The definitive account of the crash of 1987, a cautionary tale of how the U.S. financial system nearly collapsed--from the bestselling author of The Wizard of LiesMonday, October 19, 1987, was by far the worst day in Wall Street history. The market fell 22.6 percent - almost twice as bad as the worst...
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Hercules Segers: Painter, Etcher, A Catalogue Raisonn

Huigen Leeflang · Rijksmuseum
Pages: 700
Format: Hardcover

"[Segers] painted landscapes in a state of bliss." -- Werner HerzogHercules Segers (sometimes spelled Seghers) may be art history's greatest unknown artist. Active in early 17th-century Holland just before Rembrandt, he created otherworldly landscapes of astonishing originality...
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The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China

Philip Ball · University Of Chicago Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

From the Yangtze to the Yellow River, China is traversed by great waterways, which have defined its politics and ways of life for centuries. Water has been so integral to China's culture, economy, and growth and development that it provides a window on the whole sweep of Chinese history....
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Women in the World of Frederick Douglass

Leigh Fought · Oxford University Press
Pages: 424
Format: Hardcover

In his extensive writings, Frederick Douglass revealed little about his private life. His famous autobiographies present him overcoming unimaginable trials to gain his freedom and establish his identity-all in service to his public role as an abolitionist. But in both the public and domestic...
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The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis

James E Lewis · Princeton University Press
Pages: 728
Format: Hardcover

A multifaceted portrait of the early American republic as seen through the lens of the Burr ConspiracyIn 1805 and 1806, Aaron Burr, former vice president of the newly formed American republic, traveled through the Trans-Appalachian West gathering support for a mysterious enterprise, for which...
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Bounds of Their Habitation: Race and Religion in American History

Paul Harvey · Rowman & Littlefield
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover

There is an "American Way" to religion and race unlike anyplace else in the world, and the rise of religious pluralism in contemporary American (together with the continuing legacy of the racism of the past and misapprehensions in the present) render its understanding crucial....
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