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The Broken Road
From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
Written by Patrick Leigh Fermor


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-754-9 (1-59017-754-1)

In the winter of 1933, eighteen-year-old Patrick (“Paddy”) Leigh Fermor set out on a walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him almost a year. Decades later, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Child of Christian Blood
Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel
Written by Edmund Levin


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4299-7 (0-8052-4299-6)

A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.
 
On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel... Read more >
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Agent Zigzag
A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Written by Ben Macintyre


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35341-2 (0-307-35341-9)

“Ben Macintyre’s rollicking, spellbinding Agent Zigzag blends the spy-versus-
spy machinations of John le Carré with the high farce of Evelyn Waugh.”
—William Grimes, The New York Times

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Best Book of 2007
One of the Top 10 Best Books of 2007 (Entertainment Weekly)
New York... 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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The War That Ended Peace
The Road to 1914
Written by Margaret MacMillan


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6855-5 (1-4000-6855-X)

From the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I. With a sweeping story, vivid characters, and sharp insight, Margaret MacMillan powerfully explores the decisions made and the economic, social, political... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
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Plagues and Peoples

Written by William McNeill


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 1977
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-12122-4 (0-385-12122-9)

Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact—political, demographic, ecological, and psychological—of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic... Read more >
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The SBS in World War II: An Illustrated History

Written by Gavin Mortimer


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-189-8 (1-78200-189-1)

The Special Boat Squadron (SBS) was Britain’s most exclusive Special Forces unit, similar to the US Navy SEALS. Highly trained, highly secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in early 1943, having previously operated under the auspices of the SAS during the war... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War

Written by Martin Pegler


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0415-0 (1-4728-0415-5)

Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War explains the meaning and origins of the language and songs of WW1.

A bawdy and satiric celebration of cheerful determination in the face of appalling adversity, this book brings forth the sense of humor of the American, Canadian, Australian, and British soldier in the... Read more >
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Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour
Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax
Written by Joseph E. Persico


Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76045-7 (0-375-76045-8)

November 11, 1918. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 A.M, yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered–more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the... Read more >

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Stalin and His Hangmen
The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him
Written by Donald Rayfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 13, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75771-6 (0-375-75771-6)

Stalin did not act alone. The mass executions, the mock trials, the betrayals and purges, the jailings and secret torture that ravaged the Soviet Union during the three decades of Stalin’s dictatorship, were the result of a tight network of trusted henchmen (and women), spies, psychopaths, and thugs. At the top... Read more >
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The Black Count
Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Pulitzer Prize for Biography)
Written by Tom Reiss


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38247-4 (0-307-38247-8)

Winner of the Pulitizer Prize and The PEN Literary Prize/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography


Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte... 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)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

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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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 >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Oberammergau
The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play
Written by James Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70852-7 (0-375-70852-9)

The Bavarian village of Oberammergau has staged the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ nearly every decade since 1634. Each production of the Passion Play attracts hundreds of thousands, many drawn by the spiritual benefits it promises. Yet Hitler called it a convincing portrayal of the menace of Jewry, and in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Kiss Your Hands Many Times
Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary
Written by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52485-8 (0-385-52485-4)

Marianne Szegedy-Maszák’s parents, Hanna and Aladár, met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940. He was a rising star in the foreign ministry—a vocal anti-Fascist who was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Dachau. She was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss, the industrialist patriarch... Read more >

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A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th Century
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 12, 1987
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-34957-6 (0-345-34957-1)

Winner of the National Book Award for History

The 14th century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand a glittering time of crusades, castles, cathedrals, chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; on the other, a time of ferocity, spiritual agony–a world of chaos. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine
A Life
Written by Alison Weir


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 3, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43487-6 (0-345-43487-0)

Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. Despite the fact that she lived in an age in which women were regarded as little more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Life of Elizabeth I

Written by Alison Weir


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42550-8 (0-345-42550-2)

A New York Times bestseller. Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one–not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating book, acclaimed biographer Alison... 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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The Perfect Prince
Truth and Deception in Renaissance Europe
Written by Ann Wroe


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6811-8 (0-8129-6811-5)

In 1491, as Machiavelli advised popes and princes and Leonardo da Vinci astonished the art world, a young man boarded a ship in Portugal bound for Ireland. He would be greeted upon arrival as the rightful heir to the throne of England. The trouble was, England already had a king.

The... Read more >
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