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The Emperor of Scent
A True Story of Perfume and Obsession
Written by Chandler Burr


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75981-9 (0-375-75981-6)

Luca Turin can distinguish the components of just about any smell, from the world’s most refined perfumes to the air in a subway car on the Paris metro. A distinguished scientist, he once worked in an unrelated field, though he made a hobby of collecting fragrances. He eventually published a collection... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A History of Histories
Epics, Chronicles, and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century
Written by John Burrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72767-2 (0-375-72767-1)

Treating the practice of history not as an isolated pursuit but as an aspect of human society and an essential part of the culture of the West, John Burrow magnificently brings to life and explains the distinctive qualities found in the work of historians from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Desire of the Everlasting Hills
The World Before and After Jesus
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48251-6 (0-385-48251-5)

In the third of seven projected volumes in his "Hinges of History" series, critically acclaimed scholar Thomas Cahill examines the life of Jesus and shows students how Western civilization has been influenced by his teaching. Here Cahill explains the social and political context that Jesus was born into-the Roman political presence... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Gifts of the Jews
How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48249-3 (0-385-48249-3)

In his concise, readable treatise on the Jews and their enormous impact on history and civilization, Cahill recreates the philosophical and religious matrix of the ancient world and shows how the ancient Jews burst upon the stage with a completely new view. He explains the historical importance of key Biblical figures... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Heretics and Heroes
How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49558-5 (0-385-49558-7)

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through a time so full of innovation that the Western world would not again experience its like until the twentieth century: the new humanism of the Renaissance and the radical religious alterations of the Reformation. 

This was an age in... Read more >

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Heretics and Heroes
How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49557-8 (0-385-49557-9)

From the inimitable and bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history, focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world.

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of Renaissance and Reformation (late fourteenth to early... Read more >

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Immortality
The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization
Written by Stephen Cave


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88491-6 (0-307-88491-0)

A fascinating work of popular philosophy and history that both enlightens and entertains, Stephen Cave’s Immortality investigates whether it just might be possible to live forever and whether we should want to. But it also makes a powerful argument, which is that it’s our very preoccupation with defying mortality that drives... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gods, Graves & Scholars
The Story of Archaeology
Written by C.W. Ceram


Format: Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1986
Price: $11.96
ISBN: 978-0-394-74319-6 (0-394-74319-9)

C.W. Ceram visualized archeology as a wonderful combination of high adventure, romance, history and scholarship, and this book, a chronicle of man's search for his past, reads like a dramatic narrative. We travel with Heinrich Schliemann as, defying the ridicule of the learned world, he actually unearths the remains of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pearl Harbor Ghosts
The Legacy of December 7, 1941
Written by Thurston Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44607-7 (0-345-44607-0)

Updated to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the surprise attack that forever changed the course of history, Pearl Harbor Ghosts is the human story of the events surrounding that fateful day of December 7, 1941. Blending meticulous historic recreation with lively reporting, Clarke counterpoints the freeze-frame nightmare of the 1941 bombing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Chance Meeting
Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists
Written by Rachel Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7129-3 (0-8129-7129-9)

Each chapter of this inventive consideration of American culture evokes an actual meeting between American writers and artists, from Henry James and Mathew Brady, to Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant, to Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore, to Norman Mailer and Robert Lowell. The accumulation of these pairings draws the reader... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Political Leadership
Stories of Power and Politics from Literature and Life
Written by Robert Coles


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7170-5 (0-8129-7170-1)

From ancient times to the present day, here are indispensable insights on political power and leadership as expressed in the novels, plays, and poetry of the world’s greatest artists and intellectuals. Adapted from a course taught at Harvard by Pulitzer Prize—winning author Robert Coles, Political Leadership features scenes, stories, and speeches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Captives
Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850
Written by Linda Colley


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72146-2 (0-385-72146-3)

Captives is rich and unfailingly inquisitive about the anxieties of imperialism, the experiences of those who did [its] hard labour, and, above all, the vulnerability of empire.”
—John Mullan, Times Literary Supplement

Britain’s pursuit of empire seems an inexorable march across continents toward its ultimate—if temporary—global hegemony. But, as Linda Colley shows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cold War
A Military History
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, Thomas Fleming and Victor Hanson
Edited by Robert Cowley


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6716-6 (0-8129-6716-X)

Even fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Geographic History Book
An Interactive Journey
Written by Marcus Cowper


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0679-5 (1-4262-0679-8)

You won’t find dusty topics and long-dead heroes and villains in the National Geographic History Book. Turn the pages and you’ll find documents, letters, journals, telegrams, posters, and artworks that you can literally pull out and examine. See for yourself, with the primary source materials that history buffs love, what really... Read more >

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Military Mayhem
2,500 Years of Soldierly Sleaze and Scandal
Written by Terry Crowdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-147-4 (1-84908-147-6)

Bungled cover-ups, acts of blinding incompetence, miscarriages of justice, sexual escapades, and downright stupidity - scandals have helped to make the world’s armed forces the much loved institutions they are today. Take a look at the public outcries that both governments and soldiers would rather we forgot. From Julius Caesar’s sex... Read more >

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The Korean War
A History
Written by Bruce Cumings


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7896-4 (0-8129-7896-X)

A bracing account of a war that lingers in our collective memory as both ambiguous and unjustly ignored.

For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Firsts
150 World-Changing People and Events from Caesar Augustus to the Internet
Written by Peter D'Epiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38843-8 (0-307-38843-3)

The Book of Firsts is an entertaining, enlightening, and highly browsable tour of the major innovations of the past twenty centuries and how they shaped our world.

Peter D’Epiro makes this handy overview of human history both fun and thought-provoking with his survey of the major “firsts”—inventions, discoveries, political and military upheavals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eyewitness to History
From Ancient Times to the Modern Era
Edited by Patricia Daniels
Foreword by James Reston, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0652-8 (1-4262-0652-6)

History comes alive in this engaging and lavishly illustrated chronicle, which spans world events and people from ancient times to the 21st century. The voices of the great and humble speak to us through songs, documents, edicts, poetry, letters, menus, and even graffiti, revealing each era’s conflicts, daily life, arts, science... Read more >

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National Geographic Almanac of World History, 2nd Edition

Written by Patricia S. Daniels and Stephen G. Hyslop
Foreword by Douglas Brinkley


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0890-4 (1-4262-0890-1)

From the first civilizations to the 21st century, this wide-ranging, compulsively readable book encompasses all of world history--great ages and monumental events; the rise and fall of cultures; names, dates, and statistics, and stories galore. Designed as an authoritative reference that’s also irresistible to browse, it’s a brilliant blend of narrative... Read more >

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God Grew Tired of Us
A Memoir
Written by John Bul Dau and Michael S. Sweeney


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 22, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0212-4 (1-4262-0212-1)

This unforgettable book is the first-person account of a miracle—indeed, a whole series of miracles. A tale of suffering, tragedy, and sorrow redeemed by indomitable resolve and a stubborn refusal to despair, it's set in a Sudan shadowed by unrelenting war and ruthless violence, yet illuminated by faith, generosity, and steadfast... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Masks Of Anarchy
The History Of A Radical Poem, From Percy Shelley To The Triangle Factory Fire
Written by Michael Demson
Illustrated by Summer Mcclinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-098-8 (1-78168-098-1)

Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” from its conception in Italy and suppression in England to the moment it became a catalyst for protest among New York City workers a century later.

Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after hearing of the Peterloo... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To the Ends of the Earth
Scotland's Global Diaspora, 1750-2010
Written by T. M. Devine


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-317-8 (1-58834-317-0)

The Scots are one of the world’s greatest nations of emigrants. For centuries, untold numbers of men, women, and children have sought their fortunes in every conceivable walk of life and in every imaginable climate. All over the British Empire, the United States, and elsewhere, the Scottish contribution to the development... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Irresistible North
From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers
Written by Andrea Di Robilant


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39066-0 (0-307-39066-7)

A century before Columbus arrived in America, two brothers from Venice are said to have explored parts of the New World. They became legends during the Renaissance, and then the source of a great scandal that would discredit their story. Today, they have been largely forgotten.

In this very original work—part history... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People
On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Written by Jared Diamond
Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-522-7 (1-60980-522-4)

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships
Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg
Written by Harold Dick and Douglas Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 226 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 1992
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-219-7 (1-56098-219-5)

Drawing on the extensive photographs, notes, diaries, reports, recorded data, and manuals he collected during his five years at the Zeppelin Company in Germany, from 1934 through 1938, Harold G. Dick tells the story of the two great passenger Zeppelins. Against the background of German secretiveness, especially during the Nazi period... Read more >
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