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World War I Companion

Written by Mathias Strohn


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-188-1 (1-78200-188-3)

The year 2014 is the centenary of the start of World War I, the Great War–the war to end all wars. This four-year conflict saw the major powers of the world commit their forces on an unparalleled scale, principally in the trenches of the Western Front, but also throughout the world... Read more >
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The Art of War
The Denma Translation
Written by Sun Tzu


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-978-5 (1-57062-978-1)

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle...

These are... Read more >

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The Annals & The Histories

Written by Tacitus
Edited by Moses Hadas
Translated by Alfred Church and William Brodribb
Introduction by Shelby Foote


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6699-2 (0-8129-6699-6)

Cornelius Tacitus brilliantly chronicles the moral decline and rampant civil unrest in the Roman Empire in a period when the earliest foundations of modern Europe were being laid.

The Annals commence in a.d. 14, at the death of Augustus, recounting the reigns of Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, and Nero, and conclude in... Read more >
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The Illustrious Dead
The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
Written by Stephan Talty


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39405-7 (0-307-39405-0)

“Gripping . . . a compelling story of personal hubris and humbling defeat.”
—Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the
Modern World


In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times... Read more >
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Passion of the Western Mind

Written by Richard Tarnas


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 16, 1993
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-36809-6 (0-345-36809-6)

The Passion of the Western Mind is a major new presentation of the evolution of the consciousness of Western culture, from the dawn of Western civilization to the dawn of the twenty-first century. Tarnas traces the interplay of philosophy, religion, and science as they have converged to mold our culture and... Read more >
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Yellow Peril!
An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear
Written by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-123-7 (1-78168-123-6)

The “yellow peril” is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture–indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is... Read more >

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Captive Passage
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Edited by The Mariners Museum


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-017-7 (1-58834-017-1)

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage... Read more >

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Gandhi
A Political and Spiritual Life
Written by Kathryn Tidrick


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-101-5 (1-78168-101-5)

Throughout his long and turbulent career as a political leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfill his religious aspirations through politics and to reconcile politics with personal religious conviction. But Gandhi’s religion was wildly divergent from anything to have taken root in his native India... Read more >
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Dancing Under the Red Star
The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's Gulag
Written by Karl Tobien


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: June 20, 2006
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7078-7 (1-4000-7078-3)

The shocking and inspirational saga of Margaret Werner and her miraculous survival in the Siberian death camps of Stalinist Russia.

Between 1930 and 1932, Henry Ford sent 450 of his Detroit employees plus their families to live in Gorky, Russia, to operate a new manufacturing facility. This is the true story of... Read more >
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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace
The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
Written by Dang Thuy Tram


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-34738-1 (0-307-34738-9)

“Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war.”
—Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th Century
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 12, 1987
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-34957-6 (0-345-34957-1)

Winner of the National Book Award for History

The 14th century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand a glittering time of crusades, castles, cathedrals, chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; on the other, a time of ferocity, spiritual agony–a world of chaos. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing... Read more >
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Warriors of Medieval Japan

Written by Stephen Turnbull


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-220-2 (1-84603-220-2)

The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades but deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai or trained assassin, these men were driven by strict codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion.

This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the... Read more >
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Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7527-0 (1-4000-7527-0)

“They didn’t ask to be remembered,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Ulrich wrote in 1976 about the pious women of colonial New England. And then she added a phrase that has since gained widespread currency: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Today those words appear almost everywhere—on T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, plaques, greeting... Read more >
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An Afghanistan Picture Show
Or, How I Saved the World
Written by William T. Vollmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-198-0 (1-61219-198-3)

A personal account of the origins of America's longest war, never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary at an insurance company, until he’d saved up enough money to go to Afghanistan, where he wanted... Read more >
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Out of It
A Cultural History of Intoxication
Written by Stuart Walton


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 28, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4976-9 (1-4000-4976-8)

“Who will ever relate the whole history of narcotica? It is almost the history of ‘culture,’ of our so-called higher culture.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882

With Nietzsche’s question as his objective, Stuart Walton begins Out of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication—a heterodox and thoroughly engaging examination of intoxicants, from the more everyday substances... Read more >
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The History of Money

Written by Jack Weatherford


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 10, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80172-7 (0-609-80172-4)

In his most widely appealing book yet, cultural anthropologist Jack Weatherford traces our relationship with money. From primitive man's cowrie shells to the electronic cash card, from the markets of Timbuktu to the New York Stock Exchange, The History of Money explores how money and the myriad forms of exchange have... Read more >
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Cloth and Human Experience

Edited by Annette B. Weiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1991
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-995-3 (0-87474-995-6)

Cloth and Human Experience explores a wide variety of cultures and eras, discussing production and trade, economics, and symbolic and spiritual associations.

“A book with an overwhelming scope . . . The editors march us across six continents, several archipelagos and a few oceans, and through a wide variety of times and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Weller's War
A Legendary Foreign Correspondent's Saga of World War II on Five Continents
Written by George Weller
Edited by Anthony Weller


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 16, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34203-4 (0-307-34203-4)

Walter Cronkite called him “one of our best war correspondents.” His stories from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific during World War II won him the Pulitzer Prize. Now, George Weller is immortalized in a collection of fearless, intrepid dispatches that crisscross a shattered globe. Edited by his son, Weller’s War... Read more >
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Glass
A Short History
Written by David Whitehouse


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-324-6 (1-58834-324-3)

A concise history of glassmaking around the world, from Mesopotamia to the present day

Illustrated with 120 superb pieces, Glass: A Short History brings to life a centuries-old craft that has served many purposes, styles, and cultures. Until the first century BC, glass was made only in Western Asia, Egypt, and the... Read more >

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The Mapmakers
Revised Edition
Written by John Noble Wilford


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70850-3 (0-375-70850-2)

In his classic text, two-time Pulitzer Prize—winner John Noble Wilford recounts the history of cartography from antiquity to the space age. With this revised edition, Wilford brings the story up to the present day, as he shows the impact of new technologies that make it possible for cartographers to go where... Read more >

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The Ice Balloon
S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74186-8 (0-307-74186-9)

In 1897, at the height of the heroic age of Arctic exploration, the visionary Swedish explorer S. A. Andrée made a revolutionary attempt to discover the North Pole by flying over it in a hydrogen balloon. Thirty-three years later, his expedition diaries and papers would be discovered on the ice.

Alec Wilkinson... Read more >
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The Atlantis Blueprint
Unlocking the Ancient Mysteries of a Long-Lost Civilization
Written by Colin Wilson and Rand Flem-Ath


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50898-4 (0-440-50898-3)

Colin Wilson’s new book, co-written with Rand Flem-Ath, continues the work that Wilson began in his 1996 book From Atlantis to the Sphinx. In June 1990, Egyptologist John West accompanied geologist Robert Schoch to Cairo to take a closer look at the Sphinx. For almost two decades, West had been arguing... Read more >
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Hitler's War on Russia

Written by Charles Winchester


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-195-3 (1-84603-195-8)

The Russian front was the decisive theater of World War II with the great mass of the German army and Luftwaffe locked in battle with the Red Army in the largest land campaign in history. On a 1,200-mile front from the Arctic Circle to the Caspian Sea, in baking summer heat... Read more >
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Hitler and the Holocaust

Written by Robert S. Wistrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6863-7 (0-8129-6863-8)

Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of a lifetime’s work by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry.

Robert S. Wistrich begins by reckoning with Europe’s long history of violence against the Jews, and how that tradition manifested itself in Germany and Austria... Read more >
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Nonzero
The Logic of Human Destiny
Written by Robert Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75894-5 (0-679-75894-1)

In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history, and discerning where history will lead us next.

In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright... Read more >
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