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A Farther Shore
Ireland's Long Road to Peace
Written by Gerry Adams

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76012-9 (0-375-76012-1)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams remains resolute in his belief that peace is the only viable option for the Irish people. Adams led the oldest revolutionary movement in Ireland on an extraordinary journey from armed insurrection to active participation in government. Now he tells the story of the tumultuous series of... 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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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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How the Irish Saved Civilization

Written by Thomas Cahill

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 1, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41849-2 (0-385-41849-3)

From the fall of Rome to the rise of Charlemagne—the “Dark Ages”—learning, scholarship, and culture all but vanished from the European continent. Thomas Cahill brings this pivotal era vibrantly back to life. He argues that had it not been for the holy men and women of unconquered Ireland, the great heritage... 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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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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Charlemagne and the Paladins

Written by Julia Cresswell

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0416-7 (1-4728-0416-3)

Symbolically, the quintessential English feudal monarch is King Arthur, but stories of Charlemagne and his Knights' quests throughout Christian Europe had a much wider impact. Amidst the chaos and violence of Europe in the eighth century, Charlemagne became king of the Franks and slowly established an empire the likes of which... Read more >
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Empires of the Sea
The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
Written by Roger Crowley

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7764-6 (0-8129-7764-5)

In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. This would prove to be the opening shot in an epic struggle between rival empires and faiths for control of the Mediterranean and the... Read more >
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The Ariadne Objective
The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis
Written by Wes Davis

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46013-4 (0-307-46013-4)

In the bleakest years of WWII, when it appeared that nothing could slow the German army, Hitler set his sights on the Mediterranean island of Crete, the ideal staging ground for German domination of the Middle East. But German command had not counted on the eccentric band of British intelligence officers... Read more >
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God and the Fascists
The Vatican Alliance with Mussolini, Franco, Hitler, and Pavelic
Written by Karlheinz Deschner

Format: Trade Paperback, 282 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-837-9 (1-61614-837-3)

Now available in English for the first time, a controversial work that indicts the Vatican for its actions before and during World War II.

In the decade preceding the outbreak of World War II, the Vatican made a devil’s bargain with fascist leaders. Anticipating that their regimes would eliminate a common enemy--namely... Read more >
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Faberge's Eggs
The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire
Written by Toby Faber

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6550-9 (1-4000-6550-X)

In Stradivari’s Genius, Toby Faber charted the fascinating course of some of the world’s most prized musical instruments. Now, in this enthralling new book, he tells the story of objects that are, to many, the pinnacle of the jeweler’s art: the Fabergé imperial eggs.

The Easter presents that Russia’s last two czars... Read more >
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Where the Iron Crosses Grow
The Crimea 1941-44
Written by Robert Forczyk

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-625-1 (1-78200-625-7)

Nazi and Soviet armies fought over the Crimean Peninsula for three long years using sieges, dozens of amphibious landings, and large scale maneuvers. This definitive English-language work on the savage battle for the Crimea, Where the Iron Crosses Grow sheds new light on this vital aspect of the Eastern Front.

The Crimea... Read more >
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Europe's Last Summer
Who Started the Great War in 1914?
Written by David Fromkin

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72575-3 (0-375-72575-X)

When war broke out in Europe in 1914, it surprised a European population enjoying the most beautiful summer in memory. For nearly a century since, historians have debated the causes of the war. Some have cited the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; others have concluded it was unavoidable.

In Europe’s Last Summer... Read more >
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Written by Peter Furtado

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1250-0 (0-7478-1250-0)

A small sect of fewer than 20,000 in the UK, and approximately 100,000 in the USA, the Quaker religion has produced a disproportionate number of eminent thinkers, scientists, businessmen, and their teachings have been widely influential and become mainstream.

Best known as pacifists, Quakers have always been at the forefront of social justice... Read more >
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Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

Written by Galileo
Translated by Drake Stillman
Foreword by Albert Einstein
Introduction by John Heilbron

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75766-2 (0-375-75766-X)

Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence in 1632, was the most proximate cause of his being brought to trial before the Inquisition.

Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one... Read more >

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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 >
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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 >
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Life and Fate

Written by Vasily Grossman
Introduction by Robert Chandler

Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-201-8 (1-59017-201-9)

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth... Read more >
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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 >
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A Savage War of Peace
Algeria 1954-1962
Written by Alistair Horne

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-218-6 (1-59017-218-3)

Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim... Read more >
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The Age of Insight
The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
Written by Eric Kandel

Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6871-5 (1-4000-6871-1)

A brilliant book by Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, The Age of Insight takes us to Vienna 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind—our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions—and how mind and brain relate to... Read more >
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Searching for Schindler
A memoir
Written by Thomas Keneally

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52617-3 (0-385-52617-2)

This is the captivating story behind Schindler’s List, the Booker Prize–winning book and the Academy Award–winning Spielberg film. Keneally tells the tale of the unlikely encounter that propelled him to write about Oskar Schindler and of the impact of his extraordinary account on people around the world.

Thomas Keneally met Leopold... Read more >
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The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Written by David I. Kertzer

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9346-2 (0-8129-9346-2)

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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D-Day with the Screaming Eagles

Written by George Koskimaki

Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-892-4 (0-89141-892-X)

–Gerald J. Higgins, major general, U.S. Army (ret.), from the Foreword

In the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from the sky descended into the hedgerow country and swarmed... Read more >

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A Chosen Few
The Resurrection of European Jewry
Written by Mark Kurlansky

Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44814-9 (0-345-44814-6)

Telling the stories of European Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust, Kurlansky's powerful narrative explores the lives of Jewish people who remained or returned to their homes in Europe after World War II. Now with a new introduction by the author, A Chosen Few explores the many reasons why Jews... Read more >
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