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An Empire on the Edge
How Britain Came to Fight America
Written by Nick Bunker


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59484-6 (0-307-59484-X)

Written from a strikingly fresh perspective, this new account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution shows how a lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics led to a war that few people welcomed but nobody could prevent.  

In this powerful but fair-minded narrative, British author Nick... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unbroken
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Written by Laura Hillenbrand


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7449-2 (0-8129-7449-2)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to... Read more >

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Outcast London
A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society
Written by Gareth Stedman Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-012-4 (1-78168-012-4)

At the time the largest city in the world, Victorian London intrigued and appalled politicians, clergymen, novelists and social investigators. Dickens, Mayhew, Booth, Gissing and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few, developed a morbid fascination with its sullied streets and the sensational gulf between London classes. Outcast London  explores the London economy, in... Read more >
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Outlaws of the Atlantic
Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail
Written by Marcus Rediker


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3309-8 (0-8070-3309-X)

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Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Harold and Jack
The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy
Written by Christopher Sandford


Format: Hardcover, 332 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-935-2 (1-61614-935-3)

This is the story of the many-layered relationship between two iconic leaders of the mid-twentieth century--British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and American President John F. Kennedy. Based on previously unquoted papers and private letters between both the leaders themselves and their families, more than half of which are available for the... Read more >
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Eichmann Before Jerusalem
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Written by Bettina Stangneth
Translated by Ruth Martin


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95967-6 (0-307-95967-8)

A total and groundbreaking reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann—a superb work of scholarship that reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich and that permanently challenges Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil.”

Smuggled out of Europe after... Read more >
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Before the Trumpet
Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7333-9 (0-8041-7333-8)

Before Pearl Harbor, before polio and his entry into politics, FDR was a handsome, pampered, but strong-willed youth, the center of a rarefied world.  In Before the Trumpet, the award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward transports the reader to that world—Hyde Park on the Hudson and Campobello Island, Groton and Harvard and the Continent—to... Read more >
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A First-Class Temperament
The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 944 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7335-3 (0-8041-7335-4)

In this classic of American biography, based upon thousands of original documents, many never previously published, the prize-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward tells the dramatic story of Franklin Roosevelt’s unlikely rise from cloistered youth to the brink of the presidency with a richness of detail and vivid sense of time, place... Read more >
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