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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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The Afghan Campaign
A Novel
Written by Steven Pressfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2238-8 (0-7679-2238-7)

Steven Pressfield, the bestselling novelist of ancient warfare, has written a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C.

In THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, Pressfield brings to life the confrontation between an invading Western army and fierce Eastern warriors determined at all costs to defend... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.


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Outlaws of the Atlantic
Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail
Written by Marcus Rediker


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 7, 2015
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3410-1 (0-8070-3410-X)

In Outlaws of the Atlantic, award-winning historian Marcus Rediker turns maritime history upside down. He explores the dramatic world of maritime adventure, not from the perspective of admirals, merchants, and nation-states but from the viewpoint of commoners—sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, and other outlaws from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Villains of All Nations
Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age
Written by Marcus Rediker


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2005
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5025-5 (0-8070-5025-3)

Villains of All Nations explores the ‘Golden Age’ of Atlantic piracy (1716-1726) and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates.

Rediker introduces us to the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard; and the unnamed, unlimbed pirate who... Read more >
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The Archaeology of Global Change
The Impact of Humans on Their Environment
Edited by Charles L. Redman, Steven R. James, Paul Fish and J. Daniel Rogers


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-172-3 (1-58834-172-0)

Is humankind on a fast track to self-destruction? Can society develop ways to live in concert with the environment? Are our environmental problems as grave as they seem? The included essays address these issues and much more.

International scientists offer empirical case studies of prehistoric human-ecosystem relationships–some of short-term exploitation, others of... Read more >

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At the Abyss
An Insider's History of the Cold War
Written by Thomas Reed


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-837-5 (0-89141-837-7)

“The Cold War . . . was a fight to the death,” notes Thomas C. Reed, “fought with bayonets, napalm, and high-tech weaponry of every sort—save one. It was not fought with nuclear weapons.” With global powers now engaged in cataclysmic encounters, there is no more important time for this essential... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Warriors of God
Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
Written by James Reston, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49562-2 (0-385-49562-5)

Warriors of God is the rich and engaging account of the Third Crusade (1187-1192), a conflict that would shape world history for centuries and which can still be felt in the Middle East and throughout the world today. Acclaimed writer James Reston, Jr., offers a gripping narrative of the epic battle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe
Written by Glynis Ridley


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-46353-1 (0-307-46353-2)

The year was 1765. Eminent botanist Philibert Commerson had just been appointed to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. As the ships’ official naturalist, Commerson would seek out resources—medicines, spices, timber, food—that could give the French an edge in the ever-accelerating race for empire.

Jeanne Baret, Commerson’s... Read more >
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From Knowledge to Narrative
Educators and the Changing Museum
Written by Lisa Roberts


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-706-2 (1-56098-706-5)

From Knowledge to Narrative shows that museum educators–professionals responsible for making collections intelligible to viewers–have become central figures in shaping exhibits. Challenging the traditional, scholarly presentation of objects, educators argue that, rather than transmitting knowledge, museums’ displays should construct narratives that are determined as much by what is meaningful to visitors... Read more >
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Ghost on the Throne
The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire
Written by James Romm


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45660-1 (0-307-45660-9)

When Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-two, his empire stretched from the Adriatic Sea in the west all the way to modern-day India in the east. In an unusual compromise, his two heirs—a mentally damaged half brother, Philip III, and an infant son, Alexander IV, born after his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Step Across This Line
Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002
Written by Salman Rushdie


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 30, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78349-7 (0-679-78349-0)

The essays, speeches, and opinion pieces assembled in Step Across This Line, written over the last ten years, cover an astonishing range of subjects. The collection chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual odyssey and is also an especially personal look into the writer’s psyche.

With the same fierce intelligence, uncanny social commentary, and very strong... Read more >
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Culture and Imperialism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75054-3 (0-679-75054-1)

With Culture and Imperialism, Said offers a powerful investigation of the relationship between culture and the imperialism of the West. Probing masterpieces of the Western tradition--including Austen's Mansfield Park, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Verdi's Aida, and Camus's The Stranger--Said illuminates how the justification for empire-building in the 19th and early 20th... Read more >
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German Boy
A Child in War
Written by Wolfgang Samuel


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0824-5 (0-7679-0824-4)

As the Third Reich crumbled in 1945, scores of Germans scrambled to flee the advancing Russian troops. Among them was a little boy named Wolfgang Samuel, who left his home with his mother and sister and ended up in war-torn Strassburg before being forced farther west into a disease-ridden refugee camp... Read more >

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-559-3 (1-60980-559-3)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Wealth and Power
China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century
Written by Orville Schell and John Delury


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64347-0 (0-679-64347-8)

Through a series of lively and absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today’s foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of this country’s rise to preeminence that is at once analytical and personal. How did a nation, after a long and painful period of dynastic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fin-De-Siecle Vienna
Politics and Culture
Written by Carl E. Schorske


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74478-0 (0-394-74478-0)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

This is Schorske's magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.

"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Yamato Dynasty
The Secret History of Japan's Imperial Family
Written by Sterling Seagrave and Peggy Seagrave


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0497-1 (0-7679-0497-4)

The history of the world’s longest-reigning dynasty is revealed in this exposé of the Yamato Dynasty of Japan. Past events of the imperial rule, Japan’s relationship with the United States, and the modern role of the Dynasty are examined in this comprehensive look at the workings of the Japanese elite. The... Read more >

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Under the Influence
The Literature of Addiction
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse
Foreword by Pete Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75716-7 (0-375-75716-3)

Drawing on two centuries of important literary and historical writings, Rebecca Shannonhouse has shaped a remarkable collection of works that are, in turn, tragic, compelling, hilarious, and enlightening. Together, these selections comprise a profound and truthful portrait of the life experience known as addiction.

Under the Influence offers classic selections from fiction... Read more >

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The Immortal Game
A History of Chess
Written by David Shenk


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3408-6 (1-4000-3408-6)

Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. Here, bestselling author David Shenk chronicles its intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between... Read more >

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Alexander the Great at War
His Army - His Battles - His Enemies
Written by Ruth Sheppard


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-480-2 (1-84908-480-7)

Perhaps the most famous commander of the ancient world, Alexander the Great, and his battles and victories, never cease to fascinate those with any interest in Ancient Greece. He was aged only 20 when he became king of Macedon, but he had already begun to show the military genius that would... Read more >

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The Code Book
The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Written by Simon Singh


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 29, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49532-5 (0-385-49532-3)

In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How the Great Pyramid Was Built

Written by Craig Smith
Afterword by Mark Lehner
Foreword by Zahi Hawass


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-200-3 (1-58834-200-X)

Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on... Read more >

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Marzi

Written by Marzena Sowa
Illustrated by Sylvain Savoia


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2959-7 (1-4012-2959-X)

“I am Marzi, born in 1979, ten years before the end of communism in Poland. My father works at a factory, my mother at a dairy. Social problems are at their height. Empty stores are our daily bread. I’m scared of spiders and the world of adults doesn’t seem like a... Read more >

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The Victory of Reason
How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
Written by Rodney Stark


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7233-7 (0-8129-7233-3)

In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium.
In Stark’s view, what has propelled the West is not the... Read more >
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