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Storm over Iraq
Air Power and the Gulf War
Written by Richard Hallion


Format: Trade Paperback, 386 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-723-9 (1-56098-723-5)

An incisive account of the Persian Gulf War, Storm Over Iraq shows how the success of Operation Desert Storm was the product of two decades of profound changes in the American approach to defense, military doctrine, and combat operations. The first detailed analysis of why the Gulf War could be fought... Read more >

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The Confident Hope of a Miracle
The True Story of the Spanish Armada
Written by Neil Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7817-2 (1-4000-7817-2)

The Confident Hope of a Miracle is a gripping account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada—the defining international event of the Elizabethan age. In 1588, determined to reclaim England for the Catholic Church, King Philip II of Spain launched a fleet of huge castle-crowned galleons that stretched for miles across... Read more >
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A War Like No Other
How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6970-2 (0-8129-6970-7)

One of our most provocative military historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking accounts of wars ranging from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an ancient conflict with our most urgent modern concerns to create his most engrossing work to date, A War Like... Read more >
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The Golden King
The World of Tutankhamun
Written by Zahi Hawass


Format: Trade Paperback, 172 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5914-5 (0-7922-5914-9)

Tutankhamun has mesmerized the world ever since Howard Carter's dramatic discovery of his treasure-filled tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922.
In this richly illustrated book, Egypt's leading archaeologist chronicles the Boy King and the royal dynasty from which he descended. From Tut's grandfather, the Sun King Amenhotep III, to... Read more >

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Exhibiting Dilemmas
Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian
Written by Amy Henderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 292 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1999
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-444-3 (1-56098-444-9)

In twelve essays on such diverse Smithsonian Institution holdings as the Hope Diamond, the Wright Flyer, wooden Zuni carvings, and the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth lunch counter that became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement, Exhibiting Dilemmas explores a wide range of social, political, and ethical questions faced by museum... Read more >

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The Cave and the Light
Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
Written by Arthur Herman


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80730-1 (0-553-80730-7)

Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book—which sold half a million copies worldwide—back to the ancient Greeks and forward to the age of the Internet. The Cave and the Light... Read more >
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How the Scots Invented the Modern World
The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It
Written by Arthur Herman


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80999-0 (0-609-80999-7)

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the... Read more >
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A Short History of Nuclear Folly

Written by Rudolph Herzog
Translated by Jefferson Chase


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-173-7 (1-61219-173-8)

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, a blackly sardonic people’s history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe. Rudolph Herzog presents a devastating account of history’s most irresponsible uses of nuclear technology. From the rarely... Read more >
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The Age of Capital
1848-1875
Written by Eric Hobsbawm


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77254-5 (0-679-77254-5)

Hobsbawm penetratingly and authoritatively analyzes the rise of industrial capitalism and the consolidation of bourgeois culture. The Age of Capital, the second volume in Hobsbawm's four-volume world history, is a history not only of Europe, but of the world, encompassing the extension of capitalist economy to the four corners of the... Read more >

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Age of Empire: 1875-1914

Written by Eric Hobsbawm


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72175-8 (0-679-72175-4)

In The Age of Empire, the third in Hobsbawm's four-volume world history, he examines the crucial years that formed the modern world. It is the story of the strange death of the nineteenth century, the world made by and for liberal middle classes in the name of universal progress and civilization... Read more >

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The Age of Extremes
A History of the World, 1914-1991
Written by Eric Hobsbawm


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73005-7 (0-679-73005-2)

The Age of Extremes, the fourth and final volume in Hobsbawm's astounding history of the world, is a brilliant chronicle of the events that have given shape to the twentieth century. The book is divided into three parts: "The Age of Catastrophe 1914-1950," "The Golden Age 1950-1973," and "The Landslide 1973-1991."  In... Read more >

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The Age of Revolution: 1749-1848

Written by Eric Hobsbawm


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77253-8 (0-679-77253-7)

Between 1789 and 1848 the world was transformed by both the French Revolution and by the Industrial Revolution that originated in Britain. In The Age of Revolution, the first of his four volume world history, Hobsbawm traces with characteristic analytical clarity the changes brought about in every sphere of European life... Read more >

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The Forge of Christendom
The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
Written by Tom Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27870-8 (0-307-27870-0)

At the approach of the first millennium, the Christians of Europe did not seem likely candidates for future greatness. Weak, fractured, and hemmed in by hostile nations, they saw no future beyond the widely anticipated Second Coming of Christ. But when the world did not end, the peoples of Western Europe... Read more >
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Persian Fire
The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Written by Tom Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27948-4 (0-307-27948-0)

In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece.

The... Read more >
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Censored 2014
Fearless Speech in Fateful Times; The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2012-13
Edited by Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth and Project Censored
Illustrated by Khalil Bendib
Foreword by Sarah Van Gelder


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-494-7 (1-60980-494-5)

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the... Read more >
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Conquer or Die!
Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-183-2 (1-84908-183-2)

In 1815, just after the battle of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her Spanish oppressors. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, when one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of... Read more >
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They Shall Not Pass
The British Battalion at Jarama - The Spanish Civil War
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-549-6 (1-84908-549-8)

In 1937 a group of idealistic British volunteers sailed from England to fight the dark threat of dictatorship in Spain. In the olive groves of Jarama they achieved the first victory against Franco’s army. It was Fascism’s first defeat. Hardly remembered today, it was possibly the crucial military turning point of... Read more >
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World Report 2014
Events of 2013
Written by Human Rights Watch
Introduction by Kenneth Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-555-5 (1-60980-555-0)

The 24th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than ninety countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work undertaken in 2013 by Human Rights Watch staff in close partnership with domestic human rights activists. World Report 2014 gives particular focus on the roles-positive or negative-played in each country by key domestic and... Read more >
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Genghis: Birth of an Empire

Written by Conn Iggulden


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33951-3 (0-385-33951-8)

"...[B]rilliantly imagined and addictive historical fiction....Building on the fragment of Genghis's life, Iggulden weaves a spellbinding story of an exotic and 'unforgiving land' and the enigmatic young man—charismatic, a brilliant tactician and capable of 'utter ruthlessness'—who sets out to tame it. This is historical fiction of the first order."—Publishers Weekly, starred... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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1913
The Year Before the Storm
Written by Florian Illies
Translated by Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-351-9 (1-61219-351-X)

It was the year Henry Ford first put a conveyer belt in his car factory, and the year Louis Armstrong first picked up a trumpet. It was the year Charlie Chaplin signed his first movie contract, and Coco Chanel and Prada opened their first dress shops. It was the year Proust... Read more >
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Tun-huang

Written by Yasushi Inoue
Preface by Damion Searls
Translated by Jean Oda Moy


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-362-6 (1-59017-362-7)

Tun-Huang, in Central Asia, is a walled city along the Silk Road that historically connected China to the West. It is also the site of the Thousand Buddha cave where, in the early 1900s, Sir Aurel Stein discovered an extraordinary treasure trove of early Buddhist sutras and other scriptures. In Tun-Huang... Read more >
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Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark
The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation
Written by Mary Janigan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40063-5 (0-307-40063-8)

The first book on one of the most overlooked episodes in Canadian history, and the origin of today’s greatest national debate, Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark relives the 1918 attempt by 3 premiers to wrest control of their natural resources away from Ottawa--and end their role as second-class... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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All the Time in the World
A Book of Hours
Written by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53541-0 (0-385-53541-4)

Entertaining, unexpected, and full of charm, the follow-up to Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the Exquisite presents a miscellany of engaging stories, detailing the intriguing customs, traditions, and guilty pleasures pursued throughout the ages.

All the Time in the World
takes its cue from an iconic component of medieval life, the book... Read more >
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National Geographic 125 Years
Legendary Photographs, Adventures, and Discoveries That Changed the World
Written by Mark Collins Jenkins


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0957-4 (1-4262-0957-6)

Featuring show-stopping imagery and thrilling behind-the-scenes tales, National Geographic 125 Years captures the heart of National Geographic’s history, from its earliest days as a scientific club to its growth into one of the world’s largest geographic organizations. The book reveals how much is known about the world through the pages and... Read more >

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Knight
The Warrior and World of Chivalry
Written by Robert Jones


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-312-6 (1-84908-312-6)

From a life-long student of the medieval long sword and medieval history comes a comprehensive overview of the Age of the Knights. Jones shows that behind the popular image of the knight in shining armor lies a world that is both more complex and more fascinating. Were knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs... Read more >
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