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Money
The Unauthorized Biography
Written by Felix Martin


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96243-0 (0-307-96243-1)

From ancient currency to Adam Smith, from the gold standard to shadow banking and the Great Recession: a sweeping historical epic that traces the development and evolution of one of humankind’s greatest inventions.

What is money, and how does it work? In this tour de force of political, cultural and economic history... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Communist Manifesto

Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Introduction by Vladimir Pozner


Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1992
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21406-2 (0-553-21406-3)

Includes the complete text of The Communist Manifesto and the prefaces to the 1872 and 1883 German editions, the 1882 Russian edition, and the 1888 English edition. Written in Friedrich Engels' clear, stirring prose, The Communist Manifesto declared the earth-shaking ideas of Karl Marx. Upon its publication in 1848, it quickly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Unending Mystery
A Journey Through Labyrinths ansd Mazes
Written by David W. McCullough


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3164-1 (1-4000-3164-8)

According to legend, anyone who wandered into the labyrinth in Ancient Crete never came out again. Some labyrinths may have offered patterns for an erotic spring dance. Those on the floors of Medieval cathedrals represent mathematical perfection—and walking their paths was a symbolic approach to the divine.

From ancient Mediterranean... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Armies of the Napoleonic Wars
An Illustrated History
Edited by Chris McNab


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-648-6 (1-84908-648-6)

The Napoleonic Wars saw almost two decades of brutal fighting, from the frozen wastelands of Russia to the wilderness of the Peninsula, and from Egypt to the bloody battlefield of Waterloo. Fighting took place on an unprecedented scale across Europe, and over the entire period of the wars Napoleon led his... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Princesses Behaving Badly
Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
Written by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-644-4 (1-59474-644-3)

You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders–but just as many were ruthless in their quest... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Hell Hath No Fury
True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq
Written by Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 26, 2008
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34637-7 (0-307-34637-4)

HELL HATH NO FURY fills a significant gap in the way we look at women's contributions and role in war. These compelling biographical essays give an in-depth sense of the widely different ways in which women across all cultures have participated in war--from the front lines to the the medical tents... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Saint and the Sultan
The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
Written by Paul Moses


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52370-7 (0-385-52370-X)

An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known¯meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil, with strong resonance in today’s divided world.

For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. However, these images are sadly incomplete... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Mind and the Market
Capitalism in Western Thought
Written by Jerry Z. Muller


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72166-0 (0-385-72166-8)

Capitalism has never been a subject for economists alone. Philosophers, politicians, poets and social scientists have debated the cultural, moral, and political effects of capitalism for centuries, and their claims have been many and diverse. The Mind and the Market is a remarkable history of how the idea of capitalism has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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10 Years That Shook the World
A Timeline of Events from 2001
Written by Loretta Napoleoni


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-413-8 (1-60980-413-9)

In a style similar to many of today’s social media networks, this booklet will appeal to readers across generational lines, especially the millennial generation that came of age on or after 9/11/2001.

The technological revolution, the wide use of the Internet, and the advent of social media are just some of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

10 Years That Shook the World
A Timeline of Events from 2001
Written by Loretta Napoleoni


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-412-1 (1-60980-412-0)

To purchase a copy of this ebook, please see the “buy” links on the right-hand side.

September 11, 2001, is considered the main event, but the changes of the decade go far beyond the menace of terrorism and the war on terror. The technological revolution, the wide use of the Internet, and... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Great Islamic Conquests AD 632-750

Written by David Nicolle


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-273-8 (1-84603-273-3)

Few, if any, centuries in world history have had such a profound and long-lasting impact as the first hundred years of Islamic history. In this book, David Nicolle, a former member of the BBC's Arabic service, examines the extensive Islamic conquests between 632 and 750 AD. These years saw the religion... 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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Doctors
The Biography of Medicine
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76009-2 (0-679-76009-1)

How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Damned Nations
Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid
Written by Samantha Nutt


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-5145-6 (0-7710-5145-X)

For readers of Christopher Hedges, Robert Fisk, and Christopher Hitchens, an extraordinary humanitarian gives us a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated corners of the world -- and a new and provocative vision for changing course on our growing militarization.

In 1995, twenty-five-year-old Samantha Nutt... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Beyond the Edge of the Sea
Sailing with Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, the Vikings, and Other Explorers of the Ancient World
Written by Mauricio Obregon


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78344-2 (0-679-78344-X)

The story of Jason and the Argonauts and Homer’s tales of Ulysses are among the greatest ancient epics, but are they merely nautical legends or true stories?

Mauricio Obregón has combed through classical texts, focusing on the smallest details, and with his intimate knowledge of historical navigation, brilliantly reenacts the voyages the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poisoned Embrace
A Brief History of Sexual Pessimism
Written by Lawrence Osborne


Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 30, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75414-5 (0-679-75414-8)

The Poisoned Embrace is a provocative investigation into the history of sexual pessimism as it has evolved in Western theology throughout the ages.  Since the days of the Early Fathers, sex and death have formed a theological equation known as sexual pessimism. This aversion to the carnal, and its consequent elevation of... Read more >

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Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
Written by Joseph R. Owen


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 30, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1697-8 (0-8041-1697-0)

"A splendid first-person account of what was arguably the most remarkable engagement of the Korean War. When word came that North Korean troops had invaded the partitioned south in mid-1950, Owen (a WW II vet who had returned to the Marines as a second lieutenant after graduating from Colgate) was lolling... Read more >

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Worlds at War
The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West
Written by Anthony Pagden


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6890-3 (0-8129-6890-5)

Bronze Prize Winner of the Washington Institute

Spanning two and a half millennia, Anthony Pagden’s mesmerizing Worlds at War delves deep into the roots of the “clash of civilizations” between East and West that has always been a battle over ideas. It begins with ancient Greece and its epic fight against the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Sea and Civilization
A Maritime History of the World
Written by Lincoln Paine


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4409-2 (1-4000-4409-X)

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Coming Population Crash
and Our Planet's Surprising Future
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0122-6 (0-8070-0122-8)

A leading environmental writer looks at the unexpected effects–and possible benefits–of a shrinking, graying population

Over the last century, the world’s population quadrupled and fears of overpopulation flared, with baby booms blamed for genocide and terrorism, and overpopulation singled out as the primary factor driving global warming. Yet, surprisingly, it appears... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Communism
A History
Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6864-4 (0-8129-6864-6)

With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice.

At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Travels of Marco Polo
Edited by Peter Harris
Written by Marco Polo
Edited by Peter Harris
Introduction by Colin Thubron


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 21, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26913-3 (0-307-26913-2)

Now in a handsome and newly revised hardcover edition: the extraordinary travelogue that has enthralled readers for more than seven centuries.

Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of the splendid cities and people he encountered on his journey along the Silk Road through the Middle East, South Asia, and China opened a window for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Poorer Nations
A Possible History of the Global South
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-158-9 (1-78168-158-9)

In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and traced the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left off.

Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to build political movements... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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