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Citizens
A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Written by Simon Schama


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 1990
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72610-4 (0-679-72610-1)

"As no other historian of the revolution, Schama brings to life the excitement--and harrowing terror--of an epochal human event."--Newsweek

"The very great virtues of this book [lie] in the coruscating brilliance of Schama's style, his dazzling display of erudition and intelligence...His chronicle is, after all, a stunning virtuoso performance." --The New Republic... Read more >

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Vanished Smile
The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa
Written by R.A. Scotti


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27838-8 (0-307-27838-7)

On August 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s most celebrated painting vanished from the Louvre. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art.

The sensational disappearing act captured the world’s imagination. Crowds stood in line to view the empty space... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Banquet Years

Written by Roger Shattuck


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1968
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70415-9 (0-394-70415-0)

This is Shattuck's acclaimed portrait of a cultural underground that carried the arts into a period of astonishing renewal and accomplishment. Read more >

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The Killer of Little Shepherds
A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science
Written by Douglas Starr


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27908-8 (0-307-27908-1)

Winner of the Gold Dagger Award

A fascinating true crime story that details the rise of modern forensics and the development of modern criminal investigation.

At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher terrorized the French countryside, eluding authorities for years, and murdering twice as many victims as Jack The... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sleeping with the Enemy
Coco Chanel's Secret War
Written by Hal Vaughan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47591-6 (0-307-47591-3)

This explosive narrative reveals for the first time the shocking hidden years of Coco Chanel’s life: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a master spy, and her work for the German military intelligence service and Himmler’s SS.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was the high priestess of couture who created... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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In Defence of the Terror
Liberty or Death in the French Revolution
Written by Sophie Wahnich
Foreword by Slavoj Zizek


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-862-4 (1-84467-862-8)

For two hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican tradition celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, defending the Terror that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. But recent decades have brought a marked change in sensibility. The Revolution is no longer judged in terms of historical necessity but... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Yellow Cross
The Story of the Last Cathars' Rebellion Against the Inquisition, 1290-1329
Written by Rene Weis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70441-3 (0-375-70441-8)

The Yellow Cross is a harrowing tale of a desperate people in a small corner of France who defied the kings of Europe and the Pope. The Cathars, whose religion was based on the Gospels but contradicted the tenets set forth by Rome, found themselves the focus of ruthless repression. In... Read more >

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Charlemagne

Written by Derek Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27480-9 (0-307-27480-2)

An absorbing biography of the great leader who was the bridge between ancient and modern Europe — the first major study in more than twenty-five years.

Charlemagne was an extraordinary figure: an ingenious military strategist, a wise but ruthless leader, a cunning politician, and a devout believer who ensured the survival of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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French Tanks of World War II (2)
Cavalry Tanks and AFV's
Written by Steven Zaloga


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-392-2 (1-78200-392-4)

The design quality of France's armored vehicles is somewhat forgotten in light of the myth of superiority surrounding the German Panzers' role in the Blitzkrieg against France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The second volume of two covering the French tanks of World War II, this title focuses primarily on the design, development... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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