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Gay Berlin
Birthplace of a Modern Identity
Written by Robert Beachy


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27210-2 (0-307-27210-9)

An unprecedented examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity.

Known already in the 1850s for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Empire of Cotton
A Global History
Written by Sven Beckert


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41414-5 (0-375-41414-2)

The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.
 
Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert’s rich... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Woman Who Would Be King
Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Written by Kara Cooney


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95676-7 (0-307-95676-8)

Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to...

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35404-2 (0-385-35404-5)

A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origins of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism

Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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When Lions Roar
The Churchills and the Kennedys
Written by Thomas Maier


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95679-8 (0-307-95679-2)

An ambitious and original history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and the lasting impact of these bonds on Great Britain and the United States

When Lions Roar
opens in the mid-1930s with U.S. ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy's first visit to Chartwell, Churchill's country... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lincoln in the World
The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power
Written by Kevin Peraino


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88721-4 (0-307-88721-9)

A revealing look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents—and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power.

Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. The narrative focuses tightly on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Dying Every Day
Seneca at the Court of Nero
Written by James Romm


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74374-9 (0-307-74374-8)

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale.

At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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On His Own Terms
A Life of Nelson Rockefeller
Written by Richard Norton Smith


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $38.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50580-5 (0-375-50580-6)

From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller—one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century. 
 
Fourteen years in the making, this magisterial biography of the original Rockefeller Republican draws on thousands of newly available documents and over two hundred interviews... Read more >
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