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Cruel World
The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web
Written by Lynn H. Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77663-5 (0-679-77663-X)

To be a child in mid-twentieth-century Europe was to be not a person but an object, available for use in the service of the totalitarian state. Very soon after Adolf Hitler came to power, policies of eugenic selection and euthanasia began to weed ill or disabled children out of the New... Read more >
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The Rape of Europa
The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Written by Lynn H. Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75686-6 (0-679-75686-8)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. The story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European... Read more >
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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 >
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A Short History of Byzantium

Written by John Julius Norwich


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77269-9 (0-679-77269-3)

In this magisterial adaptation of his epic three-volume history of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich chronicles the world's longest-lived Christian empire. Beginning with Constantine the Great, who in a.d. 330 made Christianity the religion of his realm and then transferred its capital to the city that would bear his name, Norwich follows... Read more >

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Beyond the Edge of the Sea
Sailing with Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, the Vikings, and Other Explorers of the Ancient World
Written by Mauricio Obregon


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78344-2 (0-679-78344-X)

The story of Jason and the Argonauts and Homer’s tales of Ulysses are among the greatest ancient epics, but are they merely nautical legends or true stories?

Mauricio Obregón has combed through classical texts, focusing on the smallest details, and with his intimate knowledge of historical navigation, brilliantly reenacts the voyages the... Read more >
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The Enlightenment
And Why It Still Matters
Written by Anthony Pagden


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6068-9 (1-4000-6068-0)

One of our most renowned and brilliant historians takes a fresh look at the revolutionary intellectual movement that laid the foundation for the modern world.

Liberty and equality. Human rights. Freedom of thought and expression. Belief in reason and progress. The value of scientific inquiry. These are just some of the ideas... Read more >
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Peoples and Empires
A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present
Written by Anthony Pagden


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6761-6 (0-8129-6761-5)

Written by one of the world’s foremost historians of human migration, Peoples and Empires is the story of the great European empires—the Roman, the Spanish, the French, the British—and their colonies, and the back-and-forth between “us” and “them,” culture and nature, civilization and barbarism, the center and the periphery. It’s the... Read more >
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Plutarch's Lives, Volume 1

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by James Atlas


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75676-4 (0-375-75676-0)

Plutarch’s Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects... Read more >

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Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by James Atlas


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75677-1 (0-375-75677-9)

Plutarchs Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shadows in Paradise
A Novel
Written by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Ralph Manheim


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91248-5 (0-449-91248-5)

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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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Dreamland
Europeans and Jews in the Aftermath of the Great War
Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70829-9 (0-375-70829-4)

By the end of World War I, in November 1918, Europe’s old authoritarian empires had fallen, and new and seemingly democratic governments were rising from the debris. As successor states found their place on the map, many hoped that a more liberal Europe would emerge. But this post-war idealism all too... Read more >
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The Ninth
Beethoven and the World in 1824
Written by Harvey Sachs


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6907-8 (0-8129-6907-3)

The premier of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna on May 7, 1824, was the most significant artistic event of the year—and the work remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music. Described in vibrant detail by eminent musicologist Harvey Sachs, this symbol of freedom and... Read more >
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The Balfour Declaration
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Written by Jonathan Schneer


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7603-8 (0-8129-7603-7)

Winner, 2010 National Jewish Book Award (Writing Based on Archival Material)

Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the twentieth century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of “a National Home for the Jewish people,” and its reverberations continue to be... Read more >
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The Brendan Voyage

Written by Tim Severin
Introduction by Malachy McCourt


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75524-8 (0-375-75524-1)

Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, thus beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? Relying on the medieval text of St. Brendan, award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin painstakingly researched and built... Read more >

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The Long Road Home
The Aftermath of the Second World War
Written by Ben Shephard


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3350-8 (1-4000-3350-0)

Groundbreaking and remarkably relevant to modern emergency relief efforts, The Long Road Home tells the epic story of how the mammoth refugee problem in the wake of World War II was painstakingly solved.

While the war was still going on, the Western Allies began to plan for the humanitarian crisis they... Read more >
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Amsterdam
A History of the World's Most Liberal City
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53457-4 (0-385-53457-4)

An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World

Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Descartes' Bones
A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27566-0 (0-307-27566-3)

Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes’ bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.

But as Russell Shorto shows... 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 Crooked Mirror
A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation
Written by Louise Steinman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5055-2 (0-8070-5055-5)

In the winter of 2000, Louise Steinman set out to attend an international Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau at the invitation of her Zen rabbi, who felt the Poles had gotten a “bum rap.” A bum rap? Her own mother could not bear to utter the word “Poland,” a country, Steinman was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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No Ordinary Men
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State
Written by Fritz Stern and Elisabeth Sifton


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-681-8 (1-59017-681-2)

During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did–the... Read more >
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Passion of the Western Mind

Written by Richard Tarnas


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 16, 1993
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-36809-6 (0-345-36809-6)

The Passion of the Western Mind is a major new presentation of the evolution of the consciousness of Western culture, from the dawn of Western civilization to the dawn of the twenty-first century. Tarnas traces the interplay of philosophy, religion, and science as they have converged to mold our culture and... Read more >
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The Spanish Civil War
Revised Edition
Written by Hugh Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 1136 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75515-6 (0-375-75515-2)

A masterpiece of the historian’s art, Hugh Thomas’s The Spanish Civil War remains the best, most engrossing narrative of one of the most emblematic and misunderstood wars of the twentieth century. Revised and updated with significant new material, including new revelations about atrocities perpetrated against civilians by both sides in this... 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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Ireland
A Smithsonian Natural History
Written by Michael Viney


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-294-2 (1-58834-294-8)

Ireland conjures up images of nature’s majesty: sweeping coastlines, rolling green hills, and secluded peat bogs and marshlands. A place of legendary beauty, it is also a land with a rich natural history. Michael Viney invites us to discover the geologic forces that created the island, peer into the famous bone... Read more >
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