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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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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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 >
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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 >
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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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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 >
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