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The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships
Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg
Written by Harold Dick and Douglas Robinson

Format: Trade Paperback, 226 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 1992
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-219-7 (1-56098-219-5)

Drawing on the extensive photographs, notes, diaries, reports, recorded data, and manuals he collected during his five years at the Zeppelin Company in Germany, from 1934 through 1938, Harold G. Dick tells the story of the two great passenger Zeppelins. Against the background of German secretiveness, especially during the Nazi period... Read more >
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The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln
and 44 other forgotten figures in history
Written by Graeme Donald

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-170-2 (1-84908-170-0)

We have all heard about the great generals of military history, and those whose heroic deeds changed the course of a war. But what about those, no less significant, behind the front line?

This book reveals the stories of 75 of military history's little-known game-changers, including:

• Thomas Boston Corbett, the man... Read more >

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Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950

Written by Sarah Downing

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0839-8 (0-7478-0839-2)

Exhibiting enormous power or inspiring incredible devotion, throughout history beauty has been women’s chief asset. Each age has required its own standard - a gleaming white brow during the Renaissance, the black eyebrows considered charming in the early 18th century, or the thin lips thought desirable to the Victorians. For those... Read more >
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Into Africa
The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
Written by Martin Dugard

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1074-3 (0-7679-1074-5)

With the utterance of a single line—“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling. Into Africa is... Read more >

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The Professor of Secrets
Mystery, Medicine, and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy
Written by William Eamon

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0650-4 (1-4262-0650-X)

In the tradition of Galileo’s Daughter and Brunelleschi’s Dome, this exciting story illuminates the captivating world of the late Renaissance–in this case its plagues, remedies, and alchemy–through the life of Leonardo Fioravanti, a brilliant, remarkably forward-thinking, and utterly unconventional doctor. Fioravanti’s marvelous cures and talent for self-aggrandizement earned him the adoration... Read more >
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Imagining Atlantis

Written by Richard Ellis

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70582-3 (0-375-70582-1)

Ever since Plato created the legend of the lost island of Atlantis, it has maintained a uniquely strong grip on the human imagination. For two and a half millennia, the story of the city and its catastrophic downfall has inspired people--from Francis Bacon to Jules Verne to Jacques Cousteau--to speculate on... Read more >
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The Americas
A Hemispheric History
Written by Felipe Fernández-Armesto 

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7554-3 (0-8129-7554-5)


In this groundbreaking work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the intertwining forces that shape the region. With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit... Read more >
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The Ark Before Noah
Decoding the Story of the Flood
Written by Irving Finkel

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53711-7 (0-385-53711-5)

The recent translation of a Babylonian tablet launches a groundbreaking investigation into one of the most famous stories in the world, challenging the way we look at ancient history.
Since the Victorian period, it has been understood that the story of Noah, iconic in the Book of Genesis, and a central motif... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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The Archaeology of Knowledge

Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1982
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71106-5 (0-394-71106-8)

Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge--are these facts of life or simply parts of speech?  The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of "things said" and moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a style at once profound and personal.  A summing up of Foucault's own methodological assumptions, this... Read more >
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The Birth of the Clinic
An Archaeology of Medical Perception
Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75334-6 (0-679-75334-6)

The Birth of Clinic charts the dramatic transformation of medical knowledge which took place in the eighteenth century, when medicine took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped.  Disease became subject to new rules of classification.  And doctors began to describe phenomena... Read more >

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The Foucault Reader

Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1984
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71340-3 (0-394-71340-0)

Edited by Paul Rainbow.  Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. The Foucault Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault's work as well as... Read more >

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Madness and Civilization
A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72110-9 (0-679-72110-X)

Foucault discusses the question of madness and how to define it by studying madness from 1500 to 1800--from the Middle Ages when insanity was considered part of everyday life and fools and madmen walked the streets, to the point when these people began to be considered a threat, asylums were built... Read more >
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The Order of Things
An Archaeology of Human Sciences
Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75335-3 (0-679-75335-4)

Foucault offers startling evidence that "man"--man as a subject of scientific knowledge--is at best a recent invention, the result of a fundamental mutation in our culture.  He cuts across disciplines and reaches back into the seventeenth century to show how classical systems of knowledge, which linked all of nature within a great... Read more >
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The Way of the World
From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-first Century
Written by David Fromkin

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 25, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76669-8 (0-679-76669-3)

“Ambitious... The truth is that Fromkin’s outline is persuasively thought out and presented.”—The Washington Post Book World

As the human race approaches the 21st century, questions of our past trouble us as much as those that concern our future. How did we get here? Where--and how--did Homo sapiens originate? How did we,... Read more >
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An Autobiography
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Written by Mohandas K. Gandhi

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5909-8 (0-8070-5909-9)

Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a... Read more >

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The Twilight Warriors

Written by Robert Gandt

Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3242-4 (0-7679-3242-0)

The Twilight Warriors is the engrossing saga of a tightly knit band of naval aviators who are thrust into the final—and most brutal—battle of the Pacific war: Okinawa.

April 1945. The end of World War II finally appears to be nearing. The Third Reich is collapsing in Europe, and the Americans are... Read more >
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The Mafia
History and Legend
Written by Marco Gasparini
Translated by Brian Eskenazi

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $17.98
ISBN: 978-2-08-030150-5 (2-08-030150-0)

An illustrated history of the Mafia, focusing on this highly developed criminal organization both as a cult subject and an important social phenomenon. Movie classics like The Godfather epitomize our fascination with the underworld of the Mafia, conjuring images of cigar-smoking dons and shoot-outs in pizzerias. But behind the romantic myths... Read more >

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Isaac Newton

Written by James Gleick

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3295-2 (1-4000-3295-4)

*Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science*

James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science—how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of... Read more >
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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Written by Sarah Glidden

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2234-5 (1-4012-2234-X)

When Sarah Glidden took a “Birthright Israel” tour, she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. But when she got to Israel, she found that things weren’t quite so simple. How To Understand Israel is Sarah’s memoir not only of her Israeli government sponsored trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem... Read more >

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Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies
The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more
Written by Arthur Goldwag

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39067-7 (0-307-39067-5)

Did you know?

• Freemasonry's first American lodge included a young Benjamin Franklin among its members.

• The Knights Templar began as impoverished warrior monks then evolved into bankers.

• Groom Lake, Dreamland, Homey Airport, Paradise Ranch, The Farm, Watertown Strip, Red Square, “The Box,” are all names for Area 51.

An... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The First 5,000 Years
Written by David Graeber

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-129-4 (1-61219-129-0)

Winner of the Bateson Book Prize awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit... Read more >

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The Shackled Continent
Power, Corruption, and African Lives
Written by Robert Guest

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-297-3 (1-58834-297-2)

Why is Africa so poor? Why are so many of its nations at war? Why is AIDS devastating Africa like nowhere else? And why do African entrepreneurs find it so hard to borrow money? In this provocative and thoughtful book, Robert Guest argues that the continent remains poor primarily because it... Read more >
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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Joy Hakim

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-160-0 (1-58834-160-7)

Not too long ago, in earth time, no one thought the universe had a history. The scientific and religious experts believed that the world had been created as it is today and that nothing had changed. Those experts did their best but they were wrong--really wrong. The Story of Science: Aristotle... Read more >

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The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Written by Joy Hakim

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-162-4 (1-58834-162-3)

Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension brings us to the recent past and the groundbreaking discoveries made in it: the quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics. These discoveries created our modern world, from solar-powered calculators to cell phones to global positioning systems and... Read more >
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