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Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen

Written by Pierre Goubert

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1972
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71751-7 (0-394-71751-1)

A new approach, exploring the interrelationship between the people of a country and the power of its king.

"This masterful work...should serve a generation of student and general readers as the essential introduction to the France of Louis XIV."--The American Historical Review

"In this field M. Goubert is a past master, and his... 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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I Wish I'd Been There (R)
Book Two: European History
Edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27764-0 (0-307-27764-X)

“What is the scene or incident in European history that you would like to have witnessed-and why?”

In this companion to I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life the Dramatic Events that Changed America, some of our finest historical writers now turn their attention to Europe, with lively and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Apollo's Angels
A History of Ballet
Written by Jennifer Homans

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6874-3 (0-8129-6874-3)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Named one of “The 10 Best Books of 2010” by the editors of the New York Times Book Review
A 2011 Choice "Outstanding Academic Title"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Nonfiction)

For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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La Belle France

Written by Alistair Horne

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3487-1 (1-4000-3487-6)

La Belle France is a sweeping, grand narrative written with all the verve, erudition, and vividness that are the hallmarks of the acclaimed British historian Alistair Horne. It recounts the hugely absorbing story of the country that has contributed to the world so much talent, style, and political innovation.

Beginning with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Savage War of Peace
Algeria 1954-1962
Written by Alistair Horne

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-218-6 (1-59017-218-3)

Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seven Ages of Paris

Written by Alistair Horne

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3446-8 (1-4000-3446-9)

In this luminous portrait of Paris, celebrated historian Alistair Horne gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities. Horne makes plain that while Paris may be many things, it is never boring.

From the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paris in the Fifties

Written by Stanley Karnow

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-3137-2 (0-8129-3137-8)

In July 1947, fresh out of college and long before he would win the Pulitzer Prize and become known as one of America's finest historians, Stanley Karnow boarded a freighter bound for France, planning to stay for the summer. He stayed for ten years, first as a student and later as... Read more >
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The Angel of the Left Bank
The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece
Written by Jean-Paul Kauffmann

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7086-9 (0-8129-7086-1)

In this mesmerizing examination of Delacroix’s crowning masterwork, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, and of Saint-Sulpice, the grand church that houses it, Jean-Paul Kauffmann reveals the city of Paris in an entirely new way.

With the same insight and understanding he brought to his National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Black Room... Read more >

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The Girl Who Loved Camellias
The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis
Written by Julie Kavanagh

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27079-5 (0-307-27079-3)

From the author of Nureyev, the definitive biography of the celebrated Russian dancer, now comes the astonishing and unknown story of Marie Duplessis, the courtesan who inspired Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel and play La dame aux camélias, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata, George Cukor’s film Camille, and Frederick Ashton’s ballet Marguerite... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Andre Kertesz
Paris, Autumn 1963
Written by Andre Kertesz
Introduction by Matthieu Rivallin

Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-020155-3 (2-08-020155-7)

A previously unpublished body of work from the late, great photographer André Kertész, featuring a collection of photographs that capture the ephemeral beauty of Paris in 1963. André Kertész, a master photographer of the twentieth century, was a pioneer in photographic composition and photojournalism who gained critical acclaim for his image... Read more >

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Wine and War
The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
Written by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0448-3 (0-7679-0448-6)

When France fell to the Nazis, almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Wine and War tells the harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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D-Day with the Screaming Eagles

Written by George Koskimaki

Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-892-4 (0-89141-892-X)

–Gerald J. Higgins, major general, U.S. Army (ret.), from the Foreword

In the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from the sky descended into the hedgerow country and swarmed... Read more >

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Little Demon in the City of Light
A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris
Written by Steven Levingston

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53603-5 (0-385-53603-8)

A delicious account of a murder most gallic—think CSI Paris meets Georges Simenon—whose lurid comibation of sex, brutality, forensics, and hypnotism riveted first a nation and then the world.

Little Demon in the City of Light is the thrilling—and so wonderfully French—story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a lascivious court official... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 Englishman's Daughter
A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War I
Written by Ben Macintyre

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33679-6 (0-385-33679-9)

In the first terrifying days of World War I, four British soldiers found themselves trapped behind enemy lines on the western front. They were forced to hide in the tiny French village of Villeret, whose inhabitants made the courageous decision to shelter the fugitives until they could pass as Picard peasants... Read more >

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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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Jacques Cousteau
The Sea King
Written by Brad Matsen

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27542-4 (0-307-27542-6)

An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality.

Inventor of the aqualung and fearless scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau opened up the ocean to a mass audience for the first time. Here, with the cooperation of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Sun King

Written by Nancy Mitford
Introduction by Philip Mansel

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-491-3 (1-59017-491-7)

The Sun King is a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, recreating the daily life of the King, his court, and his ministers during France’s golden age. Nancy Mitford introduces us to the architects, artists, and gardeners tasked with transforming a modest hunting lodge into the most magnificent palace... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voltaire in Love

Written by Nancy Mitford
Introduction by Adam Gopnik

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-578-1 (1-59017-578-6)

The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s fifteen-year relationship with the Marquise du Châtelet–the renowned mathematician who introduced Isaac Newton’s revolutionary new physics to France–is a spirited romp in the company of two extraordinary individuals as well as an erudite and gossipy guide to French high society during the Enlightenment. Mitford’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Antoine's Alphabet
Watteau and His World
Written by Jed Perl

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38594-9 (0-307-38594-9)

Antoine Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the inspiration for this delightful investigation of the tangled relationship between art and life. Weaving together historical fact and personal reflections, the influential art critic Jed Perl reconstructs the amazing story of this pioneering bohemian artist who, although he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Black Count
Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Written by Tom Reiss

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38246-7 (0-307-38246-X)


By the author of the internationally bestselling biography The Orientalist, The Black Count brings to life one of history’s great forgotten heroes: a man almost unknown today yet with a personal story that is strikingly familiar. His swashbuckling exploits appear in The Three Musketeers, and his triumphs... Read more >

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And the Show Went On
Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris
Written by Alan Riding

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38905-3 (0-307-38905-7)

On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into a silent and deserted Paris. Eight days later, a humbled France accepted defeat along with foreign occupation. While the swastika now flew over Paris, the City of Light was undamaged, and soon a peculiar kind of normalcy returned as theaters, opera houses, movie... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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