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The Confident Hope of a Miracle
The True Story of the Spanish Armada
Written by Neil Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7817-2 (1-4000-7817-2)

The Confident Hope of a Miracle is a gripping account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada—the defining international event of the Elizabethan age. In 1588, determined to reclaim England for the Catholic Church, King Philip II of Spain launched a fleet of huge castle-crowned galleons that stretched for miles across... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Struggle for Europe
The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent 1945 to the Present
Written by William I. Hitchcock


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49799-2 (0-385-49799-7)

From the ashes of World War II to the advent of the Euro, the definitive history of the postwar rebirth of Europe by one of our finest young historians.

After a century of war, genocide, and ideological rivalry, Europe has at last emerged as a continent striving for stability, tolerance, democracy and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Wish I'd Been There (R)
Book Two: European History
Edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27764-0 (0-307-27764-X)

“What is the scene or incident in European history that you would like to have witnessed-and why?”

In this companion to I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life the Dramatic Events that Changed America, some of our finest historical writers now turn their attention to Europe, with lively and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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They Shall Not Pass
The British Battalion at Jarama - The Spanish Civil War
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-549-6 (1-84908-549-8)

In 1937 a group of idealistic British volunteers sailed from England to fight the dark threat of dictatorship in Spain. In the olive groves of Jarama they achieved the first victory against Franco’s army. It was Fascism’s first defeat. Hardly remembered today, it was possibly the crucial military turning point of... Read more >
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Barcelona

Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 1993
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74383-5 (0-679-74383-9)

This is Hughes's monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain. Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history, tells the stories of its kings, poets, magnates, and revolutionaries, and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range from Antoni Gaudi's sublimely surreal cathedral to a postmodern restaurant... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Goya

Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71128-2 (0-375-71128-7)

Robert Hughes, who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia (The Fatal Shore), the modern art movement (The Shock of the New), the nature of American art (American Visions), and the nature of America itself as seen through its art (The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rome
A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71168-8 (0-375-71168-6)

From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome—as a city, as an empire, and as an origin of Western art and civilization.

Starting on a personal note, Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gabriele D'Annunzio
Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War
Written by Lucy Hughes-Hallett


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27655-1 (0-307-27655-4)

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Costa Biography Award
**Washington Post Best Books of 2013**
**Economist Best Books of 2013**

This fascinating life of Gabriele d’Annunzio—the charismatic poet, bon vivant, and virulent nationalist who prefigured Mussolini—traces the early twentieth century’s trajectory from Romantic idealism to Fascist thuggery.
 
D’Annunzio was Italy’s premier... Read more >

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The Borgias

Written by Alejandro Jodorowski
Illustrated by Milo Manara


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
On Sale: November 25, 2014
Price: $59.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-542-9 (1-61655-542-4)

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Milo Manara's four-part sweeping saga of sex, blood, and religion is collected in a single edition for the first time ever, a perfect companion volume to Dark Horse's award-winning Manara Library series! Read more >

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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

Written by David I. Kertzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76817-3 (0-679-76817-3)

Bologna, 1858: A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to... Read more >
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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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Conquistador
Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
Written by Buddy Levy


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38471-0 (0-553-38471-6)

Now in Paperback
In this astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an edge-of-your-seat adventure thriller, acclaimed historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures perhaps unequaled to this day.

It was a moment unique in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Peninsular War Atlas

Written by Nick Lipscombe


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-364-5 (1-84908-364-9)

The Peninsular War saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Napoleonic Wars. Over a period of five years, it is estimated that half a million soldiers and civilians were killed. The battles, however, are less well-known than those of other Napoleonic battles; despite the exposure given to this theater in... Read more >

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A Soldier on the Southern Front
The Classic Italian Memoir of World War 1
Written by Emilio Lussu
Afterword by Mark Thompson
Translated by Gregory Conti


Format: Hardcover, 278 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4278-0 (0-8478-4278-9)

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author’s experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu’s memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essential Writings of Machiavelli

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Albert Russell Ascoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7423-2 (0-8129-7423-9)

Finalist for the 2008 Pen Translation Award

“Essential is right. This compact and brilliantly edited volume enfolds not just The Prince, but also a splendidly translated assortment of political works, essays, and treatises, as well as a fine selection of literary gems and letters. Of particular value is the careful footnoting and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1984
Price: $4.50
ISBN: 978-0-553-21278-5 (0-553-21278-8)

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Story of My People

Written by Edoardo Nesi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-554-9 (1-59051-554-4)

Winner - 2011 Strega Prize

Starting from his family’s textile factory in Prato, Tuscany, Edoardo Nesi examines the recent shifts in Italy’s manufacturing industry. Only one generation ago, Prato was a thriving industrial center that prided itself on craftsmanship and quality. But during the last decade, cheaply made goods–produced overseas or in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A History of Venice

Written by John Julius Norwich


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72197-0 (0-679-72197-5)

This is the most comprehensible and most engaging history of Venice available in English, a book of great resource to students that will be treasured by those who will come to share the author's fascination with "the most beautiful and magical of cities."

"Norwich's monumental one-thousand-year history is indispensable...the standard Venetian history... Read more >

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Paradise of Cities
Venice in the Nineteenth Century
Written by John Julius Norwich


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3237-2 (1-4000-3237-7)

John Julius Norwich’s A History of Venice has been dubbed “indispensable” by none other than Jan Morris. Now, in his second book on the city once known as La Serenissima, Norwich advances the story in this elegant chronicle of a hundred years of Venice’s highs and lows, from its ignominious capture... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Civil War
A History Of The Italian Resistance
Written by Claudio Pavone
Translated by Peter Levy and David Broder
Introduction by Stanislao Pugliese


Format: Hardcover, 768 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-84467-750-4 (1-84467-750-8)

A Civil War is a history of the wartime Italian Resistance, recounted by a historian who took part in the struggle against Mussolini’s Fascist Republic. Since its publication in Italy, Claudio Pavone’s masterwork has become indispensable to anyone seeking to understand this period and its continuing importance for the nation’s identity.

Pavone casts a sober eye on his protagonists’ ethical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dogs of God
Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
Written by James Reston, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3191-7 (1-4000-3191-5)

From the acclaimed author of Warriors of God comes a riveting account of the pivotal events of 1492, when towering political ambitions, horrific religious excesses, and a drive toward international conquest changed the world forever.

James Reston, Jr., brings to life the epic story of Spain’s effort to consolidate its own burgeoning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dying Every Day
Seneca at the Court of Nero
Written by James Romm


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74374-9 (0-307-74374-8)

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale.

At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Dying Every Day
Seneca at the Court of Nero
Written by James Romm


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59687-1 (0-307-59687-7)

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne (“Gripping . . . the narrative verve of a born writer and the erudition of a scholar” —Daniel  Mendelsohn) and editor of The Landmark Arrian:The Campaign of Alexander (“Thrilling” —The New York Times Book Review), a  high-stakes drama full of murder... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Excellent Cadavers
The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic
Written by Alexander Stille


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 1996
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76863-0 (0-679-76863-7)

In 1992 Italy was convulsed by two brazen Mafia assassinations of high-ranking officials. The latest "excellent cadavers" were Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, the Sicilian magistrates who had been the Cosa Nostra's most implacable enemies. Yet in the aftermath of the murders, hundreds of "men of honor" were arrested and the... Read more >
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