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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 and an eBook.

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Journey to the Abyss

Written by Harry Kessler
Edited by Laird Easton


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27843-2 (0-307-27843-3)

These fascinating, never-before-published early diaries of Count Harry Kessler—patron, museum director, publisher, cultural critic, soldier, secret agent, and diplomat—present a sweeping panorama of the arts and politics of Belle Époque Europe, a glittering world poised to be changed irrevocably by the Great War. Kessler’s immersion in the new art and literature... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Benjamin Disraeli

Written by Adam Kirsch


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4249-2 (0-8052-4249-X)

A dandy, a best-selling novelist, and a man of political and sexual intrigue, Benjamin Disraeli was one of the most captivating figures of the nineteenth century. His flirtation with proto-Zionism, his ideas about power and empire, and his fantasies about the Middle East remain prophetically relevant today. How a man who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Stillborn God
Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
Written by Mark Lilla


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7913-1 (1-4000-7913-6)

A brilliant account of religion's role in the political thinking of the West, from the Enlightenment to the close of World War II.

The wish to bring political life under God's authority is nothing new, and it's clear that today religious passions are again driving world politics, confounding expectations of a secular... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Peninsular War Atlas

Written by Nick Lipscombe


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-364-5 (1-84908-364-9)

The Peninsular War saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Napoleonic Wars. Over a period of five years, it is estimated that half a million soldiers and civilians were killed. The battles, however, are less well-known than those of other Napoleonic battles; despite the exposure given to this theater in... Read more >

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The Letters Of Rosa Luxemburg

Written by Rosa Luxemburg
Edited by Annelies Laschitza, Georg Adler and Peter Hudis
Translated by George Shriver


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-107-7 (1-78168-107-4)

The most comprehensive collection of letters by Rosa Luxemburg ever published in English, this book includes 190 letters written to leading figures in the European and international labor and socialist movements——Leo Jogiches, Karl Kautsky, Clara Zetkin and Karl Liebknecht——who were among her closest friends, lovers and colleagues. Much of this correspondence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg

Written by Rosa Luxemburg
Edited by Annelies Laschitza, Georg Adler and Peter Hudis
Translated by George Shriver


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 28, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-453-4 (1-84467-453-3)

The most comprehensive collection of letters by Rosa Luxemburg ever published in English, this book includes 190 letters written to leading figures in the European and international labor and socialist movements——Leo Jogiches, Karl Kautsky, Clara Zetkin and Karl Liebknecht——who were among her closest friends, lovers and colleagues. Much of this correspondence... Read more >

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The Essential Writings of Machiavelli

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Albert Russell Ascoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7423-2 (0-8129-7423-9)

Finalist for the 2008 Pen Translation Award

“Essential is right. This compact and brilliantly edited volume enfolds not just The Prince, but also a splendidly translated assortment of political works, essays, and treatises, as well as a fine selection of literary gems and letters. Of particular value is the careful footnoting and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1984
Price: $4.50
ISBN: 978-0-553-21278-5 (0-553-21278-8)

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ruling The Void
The Hollowing Of Western Democracy
Written by Peter Mair


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-1-78168-099-5 (1-78168-099-X)

In the long-established democracies of Western Europe, electoral turnouts are in decline, membership is shrinking in the major parties, and those who remain loyal partisans are sapped of enthusiasm. Peter Mair’s new book weighs the impact of these changes, which together show that, after a century of democratic aspiration, electorates are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ruling The Void
The Hollowing Of Western Democracy
Written by Peter Mair


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-324-7 (1-84467-324-3)

In the long-established democracies of Western Europe, electoral turnouts are in decline, membership is shrinking in the major parties, and those who remain loyal partisans are sapped of enthusiasm. Peter Mair’s new book weighs the impact of these changes, which together show that, after a century of democratic aspiration, electorates are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Communist Manifesto

Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Introduction by Vladimir Pozner


Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1992
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21406-2 (0-553-21406-3)

Includes the complete text of The Communist Manifesto and the prefaces to the 1872 and 1883 German editions, the 1882 Russian edition, and the 1888 English edition. Written in Friedrich Engels' clear, stirring prose, The Communist Manifesto declared the earth-shaking ideas of Karl Marx. Upon its publication in 1848, it quickly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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God and Gold
Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World
Written by Walter Russell Mead


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71373-6 (0-375-71373-5)

A stunningly insightful account of the global political and economic system, sustained first by Britain and now by America, that has created the modern world.

The key to the two countries' predominance, Mead argues, lies in the individualistic ideology inherent in the Anglo-American religion. Over the years Britain and America's liberal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Everybody Talks About the Weather . . . We Don't
The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof
Written by Ulrike Meinhof
Preface by Elfriede Jelinek
Afterword by Bettina Rohl
Edited by Karin Bauer
Translated by Luise Von Flotow


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-831-9 (1-58322-831-4)

No other figure embodies revolutionary politics and radical chic quite like Ulrike Meinhof, who formed, with Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader—Meinhof Gang, notorious for its bombings and kidnappings of the wealthy in the 1970s. But in the years leading up to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Basic Writings of John Stuart Mill
On Liberty, The Subjection of Women and Utilitarianism
Written by John Stuart Mill
Commentaries by Dale E. Miller
Introduction by J.B. Schneewind


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75918-5 (0-375-75918-2)

The writings of John Stuart Mill have become the cornerstone of political liberalism. Collected for the first time in this volume are Mill’s three seminal and most widely read works: On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, and Utilitarianism. A brilliant defense of individual rights versus the power of the state, On... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Enemy Within

Written by Seumas Milne


Format: Trade Paperback, 488 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-342-2 (1-78168-342-5)

Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984-85 miners strike “the enemy within.” In this classic account, Seumas Milne reveals the astonishing lengths to which her government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destroy the power of Britain’s miners union.
 
In this 30th anniversary edition new material brings the story up to date with further revelations about the secret... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Young Stalin

Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9613-8 (1-4000-9613-8)

Based on ten years' astonishing new research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic, dangerous boy became a student priest, romantic poet, gangster mastermind, prolific lover, murderous revolutionary, and the merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image: How Stalin became Stalin.

“Brilliantly researched. . ... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Margaret Thatcher
From Grantham to the Falklands
Written by Charles Moore


Format: Hardcover, 896 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95894-5 (0-307-95894-9)

With unequaled authority and dramatic detail, the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher reveals as never before the early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister of the woman who transformed Britain and the world in the late twentieth century. Moore has had unique... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Story of My People

Written by Edoardo Nesi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-554-9 (1-59051-554-4)

Winner - 2011 Strega Prize

Starting from his family’s textile factory in Prato, Tuscany, Edoardo Nesi examines the recent shifts in Italy’s manufacturing industry. Only one generation ago, Prato was a thriving industrial center that prided itself on craftsmanship and quality. But during the last decade, cheaply made goods–produced overseas or in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rape of Europa
The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Written by Lynn H. Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75686-6 (0-679-75686-8)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. The story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Civil War
A History Of The Italian Resistance
Written by Claudio Pavone
Translated by Peter Levy
Foreword by Stanislao Pugliese


Format: Hardcover, 864 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-84467-750-4 (1-84467-750-8)

A Civil War is a history of the wartime Italian Resistance, recounted by a historian who took part in the struggle against Mussolini’s Fascist Republic. Since its publication in Italy, Claudio Pavone’s masterwork has become indispensable to anyone seeking to understand this period and its continuing importance for the nation’s identity.

Pavone casts a sober eye on his protagonists’ ethical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Anatomy of Fascism

Written by Robert O. Paxton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3391-1 (1-4000-3391-8)

What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract. The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Communism
A History
Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6864-4 (0-8129-6864-6)

With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice.

At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Foundation Pit

Written by Andrey Platonov
Afterword by Robert Chandler
Translated by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-305-3 (1-59017-305-8)

Translated from the Russian by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson
With notes and an afterword by Robert Chandler and Olga Meerson

In Andrey Platonov’s The Foundation Pit, a team of workers has been given the job of digging the foundation of an immense edifice, a palatial home for the perfect future... Read more >
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