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1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization

Edited by Salim T. S. Al-Hassani


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0934-5 (1-4262-0934-7)

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization takes readers on a journey through years of forgotten Islamic history to discover one thousand fascinating scientific and technological inventions still being used throughout the world today. Take a look at all of the discoveries that led to the great technological advances of... Read more >

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The Endurance
Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
Written by Caroline Alexander


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 3, 1998
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40403-0 (0-375-40403-1)

In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a... Read more >

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Written by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58967-5 (0-307-58967-6)

“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Devil's Cup
A History of the World According to Coffee
Written by Stewart Lee Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-44149-2 (0-345-44149-4)

In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen... Read more >

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The Age Of Globalization
Anarchists and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
Written by Benedict Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-144-2 (1-78168-144-9)

The exchange of ideas makes history as surely as the exchange of gunfire. The Age of Globalization (previously published as Under Three Flags) is an account of the unlikely connections that made up late nineteenth-century politics and culture. In particular, Benedict Anderson examines the links between militant anarchists in Europe and the Americas and the anti-imperialist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Dictionary of Global Culture
What Every American Needs to Know as We Enter the Next Century--from Diderot to Bo Diddley
Written by Kwame Anthony Appiah


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72985-3 (0-679-72985-2)

"Consistently informative, lively, and accurate . . . a pathbreaking achievement."—The New York Times Book Review

As the world's axes of population, power, and commerce shift from North to South and from West to East, the old Eurocentric model of culture is giving way to a new global paradigm. This dictionary... Read more >

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Centuries of Childhood
A Social History of Family Life
Written by Philippe Aries


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1965
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70286-5 (0-394-70286-7)

The theme of this extraordinary book is the evolution of the modern conception of family life and the modern image  of the nature of children. Aries traces the evolution of the concept of childhood from the end of the Middle Ages, when the child was regarded as a small adult, to the... Read more >

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The Hour of Our Death

Written by Philippe Aries


Format: Trade Paperback, 696 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1982
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75156-6 (0-394-75156-6)

This remarkable book—the fruit of almost two decades of study—traces in compelling fashion the changes in Western attitudes toward death and dying from the earliest Christian times to the present day. A truly landmark study, The Hour of Our Death reveals a pattern of gradually developing evolutionary stages in our perceptions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Holy War
The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 27, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72140-0 (0-385-72140-4)

In 1095, with the tomb of Jesus still in the hands of infidels and the Byzantine empire overrun by Muslim Turks, Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and their swords against the Turks and then recover the holy city of Jerusalem from Islam. It was to... Read more >

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Order Without Power
An Introduction to Anarchism: History and Current Challenges
Written by Normand Baillargeon


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-471-8 (1-60980-471-6)

With the rise of the global protestor–from Arab Spring to the Occupy movement–the term “anarchist” has been littered throughout mainstream media as never before. But just as frequently, its definition is skewed or left wanting: anarchists are painted as nihilists, supporters of chaos, or even terrorists.

In Order without Power, an informative... Read more >
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Jihad vs. McWorld
Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy
Written by Benjamin Barber


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38304-4 (0-345-38304-4)

With an introduction that addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11th. This is a timely, compelling, and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People
From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present
Written by Eli Barnavi


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4226-3 (0-8052-4226-0)

The history of the Jews spans more than two millenia and encompasses most parts of the globe—an extraordinary saga which is set forth pictorially in this comprehensive, and richly illustrated and designed volume. With hundreds of brilliantly detailed maps, photographs, and drawings, and chronologies and commentaries by leading experts, A Historical... Read more >

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On Paper
The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History
Written by Nicholas A. Basbanes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27964-4 (0-307-27964-2)

A Best Book of the Year: Mother JonesBloomberg News, National PostKirkus 

In these pages, Nicholas Basbanes—the consummate bibliophile’s bibliophile—shows how paper has been civilization’s constant companion. It preserves our history and gives record to our very finest literary, cultural, and scientific accomplishments. Since its invention in China nearly two millennia ago, the technology... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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On Paper
The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History
Written by Nicholas A. Basbanes


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26642-2 (0-307-26642-7)

A consideration of all things paper—its invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousand-fold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers—written by the admired cultural historian and author of the trilogy on all things book-related: A Gentle Madness; Patience and Fortitude (“How could any... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Freedom's Battle
The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention
Written by Gary J. Bass


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 13, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27987-3 (0-307-27987-1)

This gripping and important book brings alive over two hundred years of humanitarian interventions. Freedom’s Battle illuminates the passionate debates between conscience and imperialism ignited by the first human rights activists in the 19th century, and shows how a newly emergent free press galvanized British, American, and French citizens to action... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Wave
Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan
Written by Christopher Benfey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75455-5 (0-375-75455-5)

When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War, argues cultural historian Christopher Benfey, the nation lost its philosophical moorings and looked eastward to “Old Japan,” with its seemingly untouched indigenous culture, for balance and perspective. Japan, meanwhile, was trying to reinvent itself as a more cosmopolitan, modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals
The Controversy Over Islamism and the Press
Written by Paul Berman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-44-8 (1-935554-44-1)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Time Lord
Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time
Written by Clark Blaise


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72752-8 (0-375-72752-3)

It is difficult today to imagine life before standard time was established in 1884. In the middle of the nineteenth century, for example, there were 144 official time zones in North America alone. The confusion that ensued, especially among the burgeoning railroad companies, was an hourly comedy of errors that ultimately... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shield of Achilles
War, Peace, and the Course of History
Written by Philip Bobbitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72138-7 (0-385-72138-2)

“We are at a moment in world affairs when the essential ideas that govern statecraft must change. For five centuries it has taken the resources of a state to destroy another state . . . This is no longer true, owing to advances in international telecommunications, rapid computation, and weapons of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Electric Universe
How Electricity Switched on the Modern World
Written by David Bodanis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 28, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33598-2 (0-307-33598-4)

Winner, 2006 Aventis General Prize, which celebrates the very best in popular science writing for adult readers.

In Electric Universe, David Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through a lucid account of the invisible force that permeates our universe. In these pages the virtuoso scientists who plumbed the secrets... Read more >

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7932-9 (0-8129-7932-X)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern University
Skidmore College
University of...
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Cleopatra's Nose
Essays on the Unexpected
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75518-0 (0-679-75518-7)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Discoverers and The Creators demonstrates the truth behind the aphorism that if Cleopatra's nose had been shorter, the face of the world would have changed. For in this provocative book, Boorstin uncovers the elements of accident, improvisation, and contradiction at the core of American institutions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Discoverers

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72625-0 (0-394-72625-1)

Winner of the History of Science Society Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize


Boorstin's companion volume to The Creators and The Seekers is a vivid, sweeping, and original history of human discovery.

“Compellingly readable . . . a remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Man Who Ate His Boots
The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
Written by Anthony Brandt


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27656-8 (0-307-27656-2)

After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the sixteenth century: find the fabled Northwest Passage. For the next thirty-five years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage
The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World
Written by Hugh Brewster


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98481-4 (0-307-98481-8)

April 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, yet the haunting story of the doomed liner has lost none of its allure. Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage is a fresh take on this everpopular subject through the prism of the lives of the Titanic's first class passengers -... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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