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The Age of Wonder
The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3187-0 (1-4000-3187-7)

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Age of Wonder
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42222-5 (0-375-42222-6)

Winner of the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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1913
The Year Before the Storm
Written by Florian Illies
Translated by Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-351-9 (1-61219-351-X)

It was the year Henry Ford first put a conveyer belt in his car factory, and the year Louis Armstrong first picked up a trumpet. It was the year Charlie Chaplin signed his first movie contract, and Coco Chanel and Prada opened their first dress shops. It was the year Proust... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ingenious Pursuits
Building the Scientific Revolution
Written by Lisa Jardine


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72001-4 (0-385-72001-7)

In this fascinating look at the European scientific advances of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, historian Lisa Jardine demonstrates that the pursuit of knowledge occurs not in isolation, but rather in the lively interplay and frequently cutthroat competition between creative minds.

The great thinkers of that extraordinary age, including Isaac... Read more >

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The Renaissance
A Short History
Written by Paul Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6619-0 (0-8129-6619-8)

The Renaissance holds an undying place in our imagination, its great heroes still our own, from Michelangelo and Leonardo to Dante and Chaucer. This period of profound evolution in European thought is credited with transforming the West from medieval to modern and producing the most astonishing outpouring of artistic creation the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lost Battles
Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance
Written by Jonathan Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74178-3 (0-307-74178-8)

In 1504, the informal rivalry between two of the most celebrated artists in Florence became a direct competition. Michelangelo was commissioned to paint a scene from the ancient battle of Cascina on a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio—in the same room where Leonardo da Vinci had already been commissioned to paint... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Knight
The Warrior and World of Chivalry
Written by Robert Jones


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-312-6 (1-84908-312-6)

From a life-long student of the medieval long sword and medieval history comes a comprehensive overview of the Age of the Knights. Jones shows that behind the popular image of the knight in shining armor lies a world that is both more complex and more fascinating. Were knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs... Read more >

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The Age of Insight
The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
Written by Eric Kandel


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6871-5 (1-4000-6871-1)

A brilliant book by Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, The Age of Insight takes us to Vienna 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind—our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions—and how mind and brain relate to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Shame
And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World
Written by Thomas Keneally


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72026-7 (0-385-72026-2)

In the 19th century, the Irish population was reduced by half. The Great Shame traces the three causes of this depletion: the famine, the emigrations, and the transportations to Australia. Based on unique research among little-used sources, this book traces 80 years of Irish history, told through the intimate lens of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Written by David I. Kertzer


Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9346-2 (0-8129-9346-2)

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Popes Against the Jews
The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism
Written by David I. Kertzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70605-9 (0-375-70605-4)

In this meticulously researched, unflinching, and reasoned study, National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer presents shocking revelations about the role played by the Vatican in the development of modern anti-Semitism. Working in long-sealed Vatican archives, Kertzer unearths startling evidence to undermine the Church’s argument that it played no direct role... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Catholic Church
A Short History
Written by Hans Kung


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6762-3 (0-8129-6762-3)

In this extraordinary book, the controversial and profoundly influential Hans Küng chronicles the Roman Catholic Church’s role as a world power throughout history. Along the way, he examines the great schisms—between East and West, and Catholic and Protestant—as well as the evolving role of the papacy, the stories of the great... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Master of Shadows
The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Written by Mark Lamster


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38735-6 (0-307-38735-6)

Although his popularity is eclipsed by Rembrandt today, Peter Paul Rubens was revered by his contemporaries as the greatest painter of his era, if not of all history. His undeniable artistic genius, bolstered by a modest disposition and a reputation as a man of tact and discretion, made him a favorite... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ugly Renaissance
Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty
Written by Alexander Lee


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53659-2 (0-385-53659-3)

A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more.

Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Encompassing the Globe
Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Written by Jay A. Levenson


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 1, 2007
Price: $54.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-245-4 (1-58834-245-X)

Portugal’s contacts with the venerable kingdoms and empires of Africa and Asia, and later with the vast expanse of Brazil, led to unprecedented examples of cultural exchange, including the creation of strikingly beautiful and highly original works of art.

Encompassing the Globe features more than 250 full-color reproductions of extraordinary creations that... Read more >

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Waterloo
The Decisive Victory
Written by Nick Lipscombe


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0104-3 (1-4728-0104-0)

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this illustrated volume looks at all different aspects of the campaign with ten major articles by a host of well-known international academic figures. From the microcosm of the bitter fighting for the fortified farmhouse of Hougoumont, to a wider... Read more >

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The Letters Of Rosa Luxemburg

Written by Rosa Luxemburg
Edited by Annelies Laschitza, Georg Adler and Peter Hudis
Translated by George Shriver


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-107-7 (1-78168-107-4)

The most comprehensive collection of letters by Rosa Luxemburg ever published in English, this book includes 190 letters written to leading figures in the European and international labor and socialist movements——Leo Jogiches, Karl Kautsky, Clara Zetkin and Karl Liebknecht——who were among her closest friends, lovers and colleagues. Much of this correspondence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg

Written by Rosa Luxemburg
Edited by Annelies Laschitza, Georg Adler and Peter Hudis
Translated by George Shriver


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 28, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-453-4 (1-84467-453-3)

The most comprehensive collection of letters by Rosa Luxemburg ever published in English, this book includes 190 letters written to leading figures in the European and international labor and socialist movements——Leo Jogiches, Karl Kautsky, Clara Zetkin and Karl Liebknecht——who were among her closest friends, lovers and colleagues. Much of this correspondence... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Europe
Travels Through the Twentieth Century
Written by Geert Mak


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28057-2 (0-307-28057-8)

From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War, a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth-century.

Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Berlin, Saint Petersburg to Srebrenica in search of evidence and witnesses of the last hundred... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Power And Imagination

Written by Lauro Martines


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83093-7 (0-307-83093-4)

The great Italian city-states: Venice, Florence, Milan, and the others. The particular nature of their history and culture through the five centuries of their emergence, magnificent flowering, and twilight is brilliantly explored in terms of the internal shifts of economic, social, and political power—by violence, by manipulation, by the gradual pressures... Read more >

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-45672-8 (0-679-45672-4)

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book (Top Ten Pick)
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wars of the Irish Kings
A Thousand Years of Struggle, from the Age of Myth through the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I
Written by David W. McCullough


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80907-5 (0-609-80907-5)

For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its wars. Beginning with the legends of ancient battles and warriors, Wars of the Irish Kings moves through a time when history and storytelling were equally prized, into the age when history was as much propaganda as fact. This... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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