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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Angels and Ages
Lincoln, Darwin, and the Birth of the Modern Age
Written by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45530-7 (0-307-45530-0)

In this captivating double life, Adam Gopnik searches for the men behind the icons of emancipation and evolution. Born by cosmic coincidence on the same day in 1809 and separated by an ocean, Lincoln and Darwin coauthored our sense of history and our understanding of man’s place in the world. Here... 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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Shamans, Sorcerers, and Saints
A Prehistory of Religion
Written by Brian Hayden


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2003
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-168-6 (1-58834-168-2)

Historians of art or religion and mythologists, such as Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade, have written extensively on prehistoric religion, but no one before has offered a comprehensive and uniquely archaeological perspective on the subject. Hayden opens his book with an examination of the difference between traditional religions, which are passed... Read more >
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Heroes
A History of Hero Worship
Written by Lucy Hughes-Hallett


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7979-7 (1-4000-7979-9)

Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization.

In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes-Hallett brings to life eight exceptional men from history and myth to explore our timeless need for heroes. As she re-creates these... Read more >
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Dark Age Ahead

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 17, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7670-3 (1-4000-7670-6)

In this indispensable book, urban visionary Jane Jacobs—renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities—convincingly argues that as agrarianism gives way to a technology-based future, we stand on the brink of a new dark age, a period of cultural collapse. Jacobs pinpoints five... Read more >
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Liberty's Exiles
American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Written by Maya Jasanoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7547-8 (1-4000-7547-5)

This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond.

At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. Liberty’s Exiles tells their story... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Bloody Falls of the Coppermine
Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands
Written by Mckay Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7537-6 (0-8129-7537-5)

In the winter of 1913, high in the Canadian Arctic, two Catholic priests set out on a dangerous mission to reach a group of Eskimos and convert them. Upon reaching their destination, the priests were murdered. Over the next three years, one of the Arctic’s most tragic stories became one of... Read more >
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Parting the Desert
The Creation of the Suez Canal
Written by Zachary Karabell


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70812-1 (0-375-70812-X)

Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic story of the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century—the building of the Suez Canal—and shows how it changed the world.

The dream was a waterway that would unite the East and the West, and the ambitious, energetic French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps... Read more >
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Peace Be Upon You
Fourteen Centuries of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Conflict and Cooperation
Written by Zachary Karabell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7921-6 (1-4000-7921-7)

In a narrative that is at once thoughtful and passionate, hopeful but without illusions, award-winning historian Zachary Karabell reveals the history of peaceful coexistence among Muslims, Christians, and Jews over the course of fourteen centuries until the present-day.

The harsh reality of religious conflict is daily news, and the rising tensions between... Read more >
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A History of Warfare

Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73082-8 (0-679-73082-6)

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize 1993

One of the world' s foremost military historians offers a sweeping view of the place of warfare in civilization. Probing the meanings, motivations, and methods underlying war throughout history, John Keegan suggests why, in 2,000 years, humanity has not advanced far beyond the acceptance of... Read more >
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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40885-3 (0-307-40885-X)

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book


“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand... Read more >

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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 >
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Travels with a Tangerine
From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler
Written by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Illustrated by Martin Yeoman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7164-4 (0-8129-7164-7)

In 1325, the great Arab traveler Ibn Battutah set out from his native Tangier in North Africa on pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned nearly thirty years later, he had seen most of the known world, covering three times the distance allegedly traveled by the great Venetian explorer Marco... Read more >

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Dangerous Games
The Uses and Abuses of History
Written by Margaret MacMillan


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7996-1 (0-8129-7996-6)

Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan explores here the many ways in which history affects us all. She shows how a deeper engagement with history, both as individuals and in the sphere of public debate, can help us understand ourselves and the world better. But she also warns that history can be misused... Read more >
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1491 (Second Edition)
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3205-1 (1-4000-3205-9)

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Salonica, City of Ghosts
Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950
Written by Mark Mazower


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72738-2 (0-375-72738-8)

Winner of the 2004 Duff Cooper Prize

Salonica, City of Ghosts is an evocation of the life of a vanished city and an exploration of how it passed away. Under the rule of the Ottoman sultans, one of the most extraordinary and diverse societies in Europe lived for five centuries amid its... Read more >
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Plagues and Peoples

Written by William McNeill


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 1977
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-12122-4 (0-385-12122-9)

Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact—political, demographic, ecological, and psychological—of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic... Read more >
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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 >
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The Colonizer and the Colonized

Written by Albert Memmi
Afterword by Susan Gibson Miller
Introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 8, 1991
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0301-5 (0-8070-0301-8)

First published in English in 1965, this timeless classic explores the psychological effects of colonialism on colonized and colonizers alike.

“Confiscated by colonial police throughout the world since its 1957 publication, The Colonizer and the Colonized is an important document of our times, an invaluable warning for all future generations.” -The Los... Read more >

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Between Vengeance and Forgiveness
Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence
Written by Martha Minow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 1999
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4507-7 (0-8070-4507-1)

The rise of collective violence and genocide is the twentieth century’s most terrible legacy. Martha Minow, a Harvard law professor and one of our most brilliant and humane legal minds, offers a landmark book on our attempts to heal after such large-scale tragedy. Writing with informed, searching prose of the extraordinary... Read more >

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Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World
Written by Barrington Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5073-6 (0-8070-5073-3)

“A landmark in comparative history and a challenge to scholars of all lands who are trying to learn how we arrived at where we are now.” -New York Times Book Review Read more >

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The Saint and the Sultan
The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
Written by Paul Moses


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52370-7 (0-385-52370-X)

An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known¯meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil, with strong resonance in today’s divided world.

For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. However, these images are sadly incomplete... Read more >
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Great Empires
An Illustrated Atlas
Written by National Geographic


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0829-4 (1-4262-0829-4)

Experience what life was like when pharaohs erected the majestic pyramids; when Hannibal commanded Carthage’s 40,000 troops; when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor; and when the drive to conquer defined the destiny of leaders and the lives of ordinary people. Much of human history is destined to be forgotten--but thousands... Read more >

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National Geographic Concise History of World Religions
An Illustrated Time Line
Written by National Geographic
Edited by Tim Cooke


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0698-6 (1-4262-0698-4)

The Concise History of World Religions continues the Concise History series with an authoritative and comprehensive take on major religions and lesser-known faiths of all times and nations. No other text combines the illustrations expertise of National Geographic with the historical focus on faiths–large and small–across the world. Up-to-date scholarship offers... Read more >
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