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The Middle Sea
A History of the Mediterranean
Written by John Julius Norwich


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3428-4 (1-4000-3428-0)

This lively and dramatic book brings roaring to life the grand sweep of 5,000 years of history in the cradle of civilization.

A wonderfullyillustrated account of the civilizations that rose and fell on the lands bordering the Mediterranean, The Middle Sea represents the culmination of a great historian’s unparalleled art and scholarship... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Worlds at War
The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West
Written by Anthony Pagden


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6890-3 (0-8129-6890-5)

Bronze Prize Winner of the Washington Institute

Spanning two and a half millennia, Anthony Pagden’s mesmerizing Worlds at War delves deep into the roots of the “clash of civilizations” between East and West that has always been a battle over ideas. It begins with ancient Greece and its epic fight against the... Read more >
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The Sea and Civilization
A Maritime History of the World
Written by Lincoln Paine


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4409-2 (1-4000-4409-X)

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and... Read more >
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Wealth and Democracy
A Political History of the American Rich
Written by Kevin Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0534-3 (0-7679-0534-2)

One of BusinessWeek's Top 10 Business Books of 2002

From one of America’s most prominent economic commentators and The New York Times bestselling author of The Politics of Rich and Poor, this timely mixture of history and forecast provides a well-documented warning that the coupling of financial wealth and political power may... Read more >
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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 18, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5011-8 (0-8070-5011-3)

Selected as One of the Village Voice’s Favorite 25 Books of 2001

In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of the white majority. Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical... Read more >

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The Laws of War
A Comprehensive Collection of Primary Documents on International Laws Governing
Written by Michael Reisman


Format: Trade Paperback, 484 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73712-4 (0-679-73712-X)

Edited and with an Introduction and Commentary by W. Michael Reisman and Chris T. Antoniou, The Laws of  War contains extensive excerpts from treaties and authoritative judgments, including the Charter of the United Nations, the Geneva and Hague Conventions and Protocols, the Covenant of the League of Nations, and many other documents... Read more >

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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
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The Princessa
Machiavelli for Women
Written by Harriet Rubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 9, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50832-8 (0-440-50832-0)

For centuries, men have used the lessons of Machiavelli’s The Prince to gain and hold power. Women struggling to succeed in a man’s world must learn a crucial lesson of their own: men and women are not equal–and that is a woman’s greatest strength. In The Princessa, Rubin explores why women... Read more >

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The Immortal Game
A History of Chess
Written by David Shenk


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3408-6 (1-4000-3408-6)

Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. Here, bestselling author David Shenk chronicles its intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between... Read more >

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The Social Construction of Ancient Cities

Edited by Monica L. Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-291-1 (1-58834-291-3)

What made ancient cities successful? What are the similarities between modern cities and ancient ones? The Social Construction of Ancient Cities offers a fresh perspective on ancient cities and the social networks and relations that built and sustained them, marking a dramatic change in the way archaeologists approach them. Examining ancient... Read more >
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The Decline of the West

Written by Oswald Spengler


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9700-5 (1-4000-9700-2)

Since its first publication more than eighty years ago, The Decline of the West has ranked as one of the most widely read and talked about books of our time. A sweeping account of Western culture by a historian of legendary intellect, it is an astonishingly informed, forcefully eloquent, thrillingly controversial... Read more >

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The Illustrious Dead
The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
Written by Stephan Talty


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39405-7 (0-307-39405-0)

“Gripping . . . a compelling story of personal hubris and humbling defeat.”
—Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the
Modern World


In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Woman in the Shaman's Body
Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
Written by Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37971-6 (0-553-37971-2)

"Her latest fascinating monograph is the mature work of a confident scholar, bringing many disparate pieces of evidence together in a sweeping summary of the integral role of women in religion and medicine through many centuries...Tedlock has shifted the way we view the feminine in diverse historical adn current shamanic practices... Read more >
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That Sweet Enemy
Britain and France: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship
Written by Robert Tombs and Isabelle Tombs


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3239-6 (1-4000-3239-3)

That Sweet Enemy brings both British wit (Robert Tombs is a British historian) and French panache (Isabelle Tombs is a French historian) to bear on three centuries of the history of Britain and France. From Waterloo to Chirac’s slandering of British cooking, the authors chart this cross-channel entanglement and the unparalleled... Read more >
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Silencing the Past
Power and the Production of History
Written by Michel-Rolph Trouillot


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 30, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4311-0 (0-8070-4311-7)

Placing the West’s failure to acknowledge the most successful slave revolt in history alongside denials of the Holocaust and the debate over the Alamo, Michel-Rolph Trouillot offers a stunning meditation on how power operates in the making and recording of history.

“Now that so many grand projects of the past are up... Read more >
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War of Nerves
Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda
Written by Jonathan Tucker


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3233-4 (1-4000-3233-4)

In this important and revelatory book, Jonathan Tucker, a leading expert on chemical and biological weapons, chronicles the lethal history of chemical warfare from World War I to the present.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the rise of synthetic chemistry made the large-scale use of toxic chemicals on the battlefield... Read more >
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Spice
The History of a Temptation
Written by Jack Turner


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70705-6 (0-375-70705-0)

A brilliant, original history of the spice trade—and the appetites that fueled it.

It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the globe. Vasco da Gama sailed the dangerous waters around Africa to India on a quest for Christians—and spices. Columbus... Read more >
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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Written by Jack Weatherford


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 22, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80964-8 (0-609-80964-4)

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or... Read more >
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