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Sicily
Three Thousand Years of Human History
Written by Sandra Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-131-1 (1-58642-131-X)

The rich, recorded history of Sicily reaches back for more than three thousand years. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island’s culture and architecture. And yet no contemporary... Read more >
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Nazism and War

Written by Richard Bessel


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7557-4 (0-8129-7557-X)

The Second World War was the defining event of the twentieth century, leaving millions dead and redrawing the political map in ways that continue to affect nearly the entire human race. What was unprecedented, however, was not simply the war’s scale, but its causes. Unlike previous territorial or political clashes, the... Read more >
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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 1
Mediterranean Origins
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1200-6 (0-8052-1200-0)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 2
Diversities of Diaspora
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1201-3 (0-8052-1201-9)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 3
Modern Encounters
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1202-0 (0-8052-1202-7)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Good Living Street
Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900
Written by Tim Bonyhady


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37880-4 (0-307-37880-2)

Vienna and its Secessionist movement at the turn of the last century is the focus of this extraordinary social portrait told through an eminent Viennese family, headed by Hermine and Moriz Gallia, who were among the great patrons of early-twentieth-century Viennese culture at its peak.

Good Living Street takes us from the... Read more >
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Memory and the Mediterranean

Written by Fernand Braudel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70399-7 (0-375-70399-3)

A grand sweep of history by the late Fernand Braudel—one of the twentieth century’s most influential historians—Memory and the Mediterranean chronicles the Mediterranean’s immeasurably rich past during the foundational period from prehistory to classical antiquity, illuminating nothing less than the bedrock of our civilization and the very origins of Western culture.

Essential... Read more >
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The Dark Valley
A Panorama of the 1930s
Written by Piers Brendon


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70808-4 (0-375-70808-1)

In this sweeping history, distinguished historian Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life.

Like the classic work of Barbara Tuchman, The Dark Valley captures the vast scope of history as well as the minutia of everyday life, rendering a huge topic comprehensible and creating a gripping... Read more >
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For the Soul of France
Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus
Written by Frederick Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27921-7 (0-307-27921-9)

In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870—71, a defeated and humiliated France split into cultural factions that ranged from those who embraced modernity to those who championed the restoration of throne and altar. This polarization–to which such iconic monuments as the Sacre-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower bear witness–intensified with... Read more >
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Lost to the West
The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
Written by Lars Brownworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40796-2 (0-307-40796-9)

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell–or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire... Read more >
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The World That Never Was
A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents
Written by Alex Butterworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38675-5 (0-307-38675-9)

A thrilling history of the rise of anarchism, told through the stories of a number of prominent revolutionaries and the agents of the secret police who pursued them.

In the late nineteenth century, nations the world over were mired in economic recession and beset by social unrest, their leaders increasingly threatened by... Read more >
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Heretics and Heroes
How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49557-8 (0-385-49557-9)

From the inimitable and bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history, focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world.

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of Renaissance and Reformation (late fourteenth to early... Read more >

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Mysteries of the Middle Ages
And the Beginning of the Modern World
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 4, 2008
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49556-1 (0-385-49556-0)

From the bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, a fascinating look at how medieval thinkers created the origins of modern intellectual movements.

After the long period of decline known as the Dark Ages, medieval Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science and began to develop a... Read more >

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Pack of Thieves
How Hitler and Europe Plundered the Jews and Committed the Greatest Theft in History
Written by Richard Z. Chesnoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72064-9 (0-385-72064-5)

It was the largest organized robbery in history—the detailed, systematic looting of Europe's Jews by the Nazis and most of the nations of Europe: Axis, Allied, and neutral. Now, for the first time, prizewinning journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff details the full scope of this monumental theft of money, gold, jewels, art... Read more >
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The Avengers
A Jewish War Story
Written by Rich Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70529-8 (0-375-70529-5)

This true story of World War II starts in the Lithuanian ghetto of Vilna, where a small band of underground Jews fights with unending cunning and courage. At the heart of this resistance are Abba Kovner, a fiery poet and leader, and two fearless teenage girls, Vitka Kempner and Ruzka Korczak... Read more >
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The Reformation
A History
Written by Patrick Collinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7295-5 (0-8129-7295-3)

The religious reformations of the sixteenth century were the crucible of modern Western civilization, profoundly reshaping the identity of Europe’s emerging nation-states. In The Reformation, one of the preeminent historians of the period, Patrick Collinson, offers a concise yet thorough overview of the drastic ecumenical revolution of the late medieval and... Read more >
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National Geographic History Book
An Interactive Journey
Written by Marcus Cowper


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0679-5 (1-4262-0679-8)

You won’t find dusty topics and long-dead heroes and villains in the National Geographic History Book. Turn the pages and you’ll find documents, letters, journals, telegrams, posters, and artworks that you can literally pull out and examine. See for yourself, with the primary source materials that history buffs love, what really... Read more >

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The Age of Conversation

Written by Benedetta Craveri


Format: Trade Paperback, 508 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-214-8 (1-59017-214-0)

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, between the reign of Louis XIII and the Revolution, French aristocratic society developed an art of living based on a refined code of good manners.

Conversation, which began as a way of passing time, eventually became the central ritual of social life. In the salons... Read more >

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Triumph
The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church
Written by H.W. Crocker III


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7615-1604-0 (0-7615-1604-2)

For 2,000 years, Catholicism—the largest religion in the world and in the United States—has shaped global history on a scale unequaled by any other institution.

Triumph explores the long and rich history of the Church, from Biblical times and the early days of St. Peter—the first pope—to the twilight years of John... Read more >
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Military Mayhem
2,500 Years of Soldierly Sleaze and Scandal
Written by Terry Crowdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-147-4 (1-84908-147-6)

Bungled cover-ups, acts of blinding incompetence, miscarriages of justice, sexual escapades, and downright stupidity - scandals have helped to make the world’s armed forces the much loved institutions they are today. Take a look at the public outcries that both governments and soldiers would rather we forgot. From Julius Caesar’s sex... Read more >

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Tulipomania
The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
Written by Mike Dash


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 30, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80765-1 (0-609-80765-X)

In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn’t help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate... Read more >
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Lieutenant Nun
Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World
Written by Catalina De Erauso


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7073-4 (0-8070-7073-4)

Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1996

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic... Read more >
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Lucia
A Venetian Life in the Age of Napleon
Written by Andrea Di Robilant


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9511-7 (1-4000-9511-5)

In 1787, the beautiful Lucia is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte. We witness Lucia's painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an... Read more >
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The Force of Reason

Written by Oriana Fallaci


Format: Hardcover, 290 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: March 7, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-2753-4 (0-8478-2753-4)

Oriana Fallaci is back with her much-anticipated follow up to The Rage and the Pride, her powerful post-September 11 manifesto. The genesis for The Force of Reason was a postscript entitled Due Anni Dopo (Two Years Later), which was intended as a brief appendix to the thirtieth edition of The Rage... Read more >

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Vikings
The North Atlantic Saga
Edited by William F. Fitzhugh and Elisabeth Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2000
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-995-0 (1-56098-995-5)

Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book’s contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion... Read more >
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