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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Written by Fauziya Kassindja


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31994-2 (0-385-31994-0)

In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation. She sought political asylum in the United States, but was instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in... Read more >

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Preparing for the Twenty-First Century

Written by Paul Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74705-5 (0-679-74705-2)

Kennedy's classic The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers considered the forces within nations that led to their rise and fall.  In Preparing for the Twenty-first Century he addresses a larger and uniquely modern question:  how will transnational forces in a world of scarce resources, instant communications, and exploding population affect the... Read more >
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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Written by Paul Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1989
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72019-5 (0-679-72019-7)

In this magisterial work Kennedy "presents a clearly defined and closely reasoned thesis explaining the subject matter of the title--why nations rise and fall, and why the process is still continuing" (The New York Times Book Review).

"Important, learned, and lucid...Kennedy's great achievement is that he makes us see our current international... Read more >
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The Liberator
One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
Written by Alex Kershaw


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88799-3 (0-307-88799-5)

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Wine and War
The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
Written by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0448-3 (0-7679-0448-6)

When France fell to the Nazis, almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Wine and War tells the harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tiwanaku and Its Hinterland
Archaeology and Paleoecology of an Andean Civilization Volume 2: Urban and Rural Archaeology
Written by Alan L. Kolata


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2003
Price: $110.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-054-2 (1-58834-054-6)

The book presents, for the first time, a rich body of empirical data on the chronology of the Tiwanaku state; the nature of the social and political relationships between the city and its hinterland; the form and meaning of its monumental and elite architecture; and the texture of everyday life in... Read more >

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The City
A Global History
Written by Joel Kotkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75651-1 (0-375-75651-5)

If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s ingenuity, beliefs, and ideals: the city. In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yiddish Civilisation
The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation
Written by Paul Kriwaczek


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3377-5 (1-4000-3377-2)

Paul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilization during the Roman empire, when Jewish culture first spread to Europe. We see the burgeoning exile population disperse, as its notable diplomats, artists and thinkers make their mark in far-flung cities and found a self-governing Yiddish world. By its... Read more >
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The First Clash
The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization
Written by Jim Lacey


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38575-5 (0-553-38575-5)

“A compelling and provocative read . . . With a soldier’s eye, Jim Lacey re-creates the battle of Marathon in all its brutal simplicity.”—Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command

Marathon—one of history’s most pivotal battles. Its name evokes images of almost superhuman courage, endurance, and fighting spirit. In this eye-opening book... Read more >
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Evolution
The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory
Written by Edward J. Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6849-1 (0-8129-6849-2)

In this lively, deeply erudite work, Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea,” from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Wallace, to Watson and Crick’s stunning discovery of the DNA double helix... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40885-3 (0-307-40885-X)

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book


“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand... Read more >

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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40884-6 (0-307-40884-1)

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book


“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand... Read more >

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Great Soul
Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Written by Joseph Lelyveld


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38995-4 (0-307-38995-2)

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Great Soul
Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Written by Joseph Lelyveld


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26958-4 (0-307-26958-2)

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Encompassing the Globe
Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Written by Jay A. Levenson


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 1, 2007
Price: $54.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-245-4 (1-58834-245-X)

Portugal’s contacts with the venerable kingdoms and empires of Africa and Asia, and later with the vast expanse of Brazil, led to unprecedented examples of cultural exchange, including the creation of strikingly beautiful and highly original works of art.

Encompassing the Globe features more than 250 full-color reproductions of extraordinary creations that... Read more >

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A Middle East Mosaic
Fragments of Life, Letters and History
Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75837-9 (0-375-75837-2)

In times of war and in peace, from the earliest days of the Roman Empire to our own, Westerners have traveled to the lands of the Middle East, bringing back accounts of their adventures and impressions. But it was never a one-way journey. In this spirited collection of Western views of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Many-Headed Hydra
Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
Written by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3317-3 (0-8070-3317-0)

Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a... Read more >
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History from Things
Essays on Material Culture
Written by Stephen Lubar and David W. Kingery


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-613-3 (1-56098-613-1)

History from Things explores the many ways objects–defined broadly to range from Chippendale tables and Italian Renaissance pottery to seventeenth-century parks and a New England cemetery–can reconstruct and help reinterpret the past. Eighteen essays describe how to “read” artifacts, how to “listen to” landscapes and locations, and how to apply methods... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Double Cross
The True Story of the D-Day Spies
Written by Ben Macintyre


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88877-8 (0-307-88877-0)

On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in... Read more >

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Double Cross
The True Story of the D-Day Spies
Written by Ben Macintyre


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 31, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88875-4 (0-307-88875-4)

In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand... 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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1493
Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27824-1 (0-307-27824-7)

A deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world, from the bestselling author of 1491. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China... Read more >

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Pacific War
From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
Written by Daniel Marston


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-382-9 (1-84908-382-7)

Twelve world-renowned military historians provide a fresh re-evaluation of the events, troops, strategies, and tactics of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Despite unforgiving conditions and brutal jungle fighting that drained resources and morale, the American advance across the ocean towards the Japanese homelands drove the evolution of ever more... Read more >


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January 6, 2015
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Money
The Unauthorized Biography--From Coinage to Cryptocurrencies
Written by Felix Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80355-9 (0-345-80355-8)

What is money, and how does it work? In this tour de force of political, cultural, and economic history, Felix Martin challenges nothing less than our conventional understanding of one of humankind’s greatest inventions. Martin describes how the Western idea of money emerged in the ancient world, and was shaped over... Read more >
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