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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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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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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.

January 13, 2015
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The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio
The True Story of a Convent in Scandal
Written by Hubert Wolf
Translated by Ruth Martin

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 13, 2015
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-35190-4 (0-385-35190-9)

A true, never-before-told story—discovered in a secret Vatican archive—of sex, poison, and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth-century convent.

In 1858, a German princess, recently inducted into the convent of Sant’Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a frantic letter to her cousin, a confidant of the Pope, claiming that she was being abused and... Read more >
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Embracing the Infidel
Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West
Written by Behzad Yaghmaian

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38294-5 (0-553-38294-2)

“Like Günter Walraff and other practitioners of the dying craft of investigative journalism, Yaghmaian has given a voice to people whose tales have not been told before. In doing so, he has written one of the essential documents of our times and shown once again what journalism can do when it... Read more >
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