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The Man Who Tried to Save the World
The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of an American Hero
Written by Scott Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48666-8 (0-385-48666-9)

A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his... Read more >

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Iron Curtain
The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
Written by Anne Applebaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9593-3 (1-4000-9593-X)

National Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2012
Best Nonfiction of 2012: The Wall Street Journal, The Plain Dealer

In the much-anticipated follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Iron Curtain
The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
Written by Anne Applebaum


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51569-6 (0-385-51569-3)

In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.

At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The File
A Personal History
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77785-4 (0-679-77785-7)

"An invaluable document for our time, bravely and beautifully written.  A chilling portrait of treachery and compromise that will not let me go."--John le Carré

In 1978, fresh out of Oxford, Timothy Garton Ash set out for Berlin to see what he could learn from the divided city about freedom and despotism. As... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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History of the Present
Essays, Sketches, and Dispatches from Europe in the 1990s
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72762-7 (0-375-72762-0)

The 1990s. An extraordinary decade in Europe. At its beginning, the old order collapsed along with the Berlin Wall. Everything seemed possible. Everyone hailed a brave new Europe. But no one knew what this new Europe would look like. Now we know. Most of Western Europe has launched into the unprecedented... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Magic Lantern
The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74048-3 (0-679-74048-1)

With a new Afterword by the author.  This is Garton Ash's acclaimed eyewitness account of the revolutions that swept Communism from Eastern Europe in 1989.  Whether covering Poland's first free parliamentary elections or sitting in at the meetings of an unlikely coalition of bohemian intellectuals and Catholic clerics orchestrating the liberation of Czechoslovakia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Icon and Axe
An Interpretative History of Russian Culture
Written by James Billington


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1970
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70846-1 (0-394-70846-6)

"A rich and readable introduction to the whole sweep of Russian cultural and intellectual history from Kievan times to the post-Khrushchev era."--Library Journal

"Once in a great while a book appears which is so bold and brilliant that all other efforts in its genre seem pallid and ordinary by comparison. James H... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hearts Grown Brutal
Sagas of Sarajevo
Written by Roger Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 25, 1998
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9178-9 (0-8129-9178-8)

Roger Cohen of The New York Times takes us to the core of one of the twentieth century's most complex stories, weaving together the history of Yugoslavia and the story of the Bosnian War of 1992 to 1995, as experienced by four families.

"I have tried to treat the story of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Logavina Street
Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood
Written by Barbara Demick


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8276-3 (0-8129-8276-2)

Logavina Street was a microcosm of Sarajevo, a six-block-long history lesson. For four centuries, it existed as a quiet residential area in a charming city long known for its ethnic and religious tolerance. On this street of 240 families, Muslims and Christians, Serbs and Croats lived easily together, unified by their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Madness Visible
A Memoir of War
Written by Janine di Giovanni


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72455-8 (0-375-72455-9)

As a senior foreign correspondent for The Times of London, Janine di Giovanni was a firsthand witness to the brutal and protracted break-up of Yugoslavia. With unflinching sensitivity, Madness Visible follows the arc of the wars in the Balkans through the experience of those caught up in them: soldiers numbed by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bury Me Standing
The Gypsies and Their Journey
Written by Isabel Fonseca


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73743-8 (0-679-73743-X)

Isabel Fonseca describes the four years she spent with Gypsies from Albania to Poland, listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos, and befriending their matriarchs, activists, and child prostitutes. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mary Queen of Scots

Written by Antonia Fraser


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31129-8 (0-385-31129-X)

A biography of Mary Queen of Scots captures the essence of the impulsive and beautiful Scottish queen who lost a throne for love and whose power struggle with Elizabeth I of England ended with her beheading.
“Fraser brings...a vivid sense of the mores of the sixteenth century, [and] so lucid a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Moral Reckoning
The Role of the Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair
Written by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71417-7 (0-375-71417-0)

From the internationally renowned author of the best-selling Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust comes this penetrating moral inquiry into the Catholic Church’s role in the Holocaust that goes beyond anything previously written on the subject.

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen cuts through the historical and moral fog to lay out the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1941: The Year That Keeps Returning

Written by Slavko Goldstein
Translated by Michael Gable
Introduction by Charles Simic


Format: Hardcover, 622 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-673-3 (1-59017-673-1)

The distinguished Croatian journalist and publisher Slavko Goldstein says, “Writing this book about my family, I have tried not to separate what happened to us from the fates of many other people and of an entire country.” 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning is Goldstein’s astonishing historical memoir of that fateful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All Russians Love Birch Trees

Written by Olga Grjasnova


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-584-6 (1-59051-584-6)

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fear
Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz
Written by Jan Gross


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6746-3 (0-8129-6746-1)

Poland suffered an exceedingly brutal Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Close to five million Polish citizens lost their lives as a result. More than half the casualties were Polish Jews. Thus, the second largest Jewish community in the world–only American Jewry numbered more than the three and a half... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Disturbing the Peace
A Conversation with Karel Huizdala
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73402-4 (0-679-73402-3)

In Prague in 1976, the quizzical, absurdist playwright Vaclav Havel agreed to be the spokesman for a group calling for a more tolerant and open Czechoslovakia. Thirteen years later, after years of official harassment and imprisonment, Havel became his country's first president. These eloquent, probing, and often witty interviews, conducted by... Read more >

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Open Letters
Selected Writings, 1965-1990
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73811-4 (0-679-73811-8)

Here are Havel's most important essays, brought together for the first time in authorized translations and spanning twenty-five years of political activism--from the early sixties, when he was a relatively unknown dissident playwright, to his 1990 New Year's Day speech.  Included are several previously untranslated pieces, unpublished prison letters, the famous "Open... Read more >

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Summer Meditations

Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74497-9 (0-679-74497-5)

In a work written while he was president of a united Czechoslovakia, Havel addresses the legacy of Communism as the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution gives way to a more problematic reality.  As he offers profound reflections upon the nature and practice of politics throughout the world, he also extends a stirring... Read more >

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To End a War

Written by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 25, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75360-2 (0-375-75360-5)

1998 New York Times Editor's Choice of the Year

In Selecting To End a War as one of the 11 Best Books of the Year, The New York Times wrote:

"Diplomacy is the grungiest job... But it must be satisfying because this enthralling book is also a heartfelt call to America to use... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Apollo's Angels
A History of Ballet
Written by Jennifer Homans


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6874-3 (0-8129-6874-3)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Named one of “The 10 Best Books of 2010” by the editors of the New York Times Book Review
A 2011 Choice "Outstanding Academic Title"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Nonfiction)


For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Towers of Stone
The Battle of Wills in Chechnya
Written by Wojciech Jagielski
Translated by Soren A. Gauger


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-900-2 (1-58322-900-0)

Winner of the Premio Letterature dal Fronte (Italy)

In Towers of Stone, award-winning Polish reporter Wojciech Jagielski brings into focus the tragedy of Chechnya, its inhabitants, and the war being waged there by a handful of desperate warriors against a powerful and much more numerous army. Jagielski’s narrative is told through the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eastward to Tartary
Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70576-2 (0-375-70576-7)

Kaplan takes us on a spellbinding journey into the heart of a volatile region, stretching from Hungary and Romania to the far shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea. Through dramatic stories of unforgettable characters, Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of this unstable area that he describes as the new fault line... Read more >

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Who Will Write Our History?
Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto
Written by Samuel D. Kassow


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45586-4 (0-307-45586-6)

In 1940, in the Jewish ghetto of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, the Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine scholarly organization called the Oyneg Shabes to record the experiences of the ghetto's inhabitants. For three years, members of the Oyneb Shabes worked in secret to chronicle the lives of hundereds of thousands as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Burn the Thistles

Written by Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E. Platon
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-185-1 (1-59017-185-3)

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