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A History of Marriage

Written by Elizabeth Abbott


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-088-8 (1-60980-088-5)

What does the “tradition of marriage” really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance or social obligation? Eternal bliss or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Anti-Capitalism

Written by Ezequiel Adamovsky
Illustrated by United Illustrators
Translated by Marie Trigona


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-087-1 (1-60980-087-7)

In Anti-Capitalism, activist and scholar Ezequiel Adamovsky tells the story of the long-standing effort to build a better world, one without an abusive system at its heart. Backed up by arresting, lucid images from the radical artist group United Illustrators, Adamovsky details the struggle against rising corporate power, as that struggle... Read more >
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How Wars Are Won
The 13 Rules of War from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror
Written by Bevin Alexander


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4948-6 (1-4000-4948-2)

Both timely and timeless, How Wars Are Won offers a fascinating look at the history of warfare and the thirteen essential rules for achieving victory that have evolved from ancient times to the present day. Acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander opens with an incisive, historically informed diagnosis of the new threat... Read more >
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The Dictionary of Global Culture
What Every American Needs to Know as We Enter the Next Century--from Diderot to Bo Diddley
Written by Kwame Anthony Appiah


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72985-3 (0-679-72985-2)

"Consistently informative, lively, and accurate . . . a pathbreaking achievement."—The New York Times Book Review

As the world's axes of population, power, and commerce shift from North to South and from West to East, the old Eurocentric model of culture is giving way to a new global paradigm. This dictionary... Read more >

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The Case for God

Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38980-0 (0-307-38980-4)

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Great Transformation
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72124-0 (0-385-72124-2)

From one of the world’s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God, The Battle for God and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to... Read more >

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African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Beyond the Silence and the Shame
Written by Anne Bailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2006
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5513-7 (0-8070-5513-1)

“It’s an awful story. It’s an awful story. Why do you want to bring this up now?”--Chief Awusa of Atorkor

For centuries, the story of the Atlantic slave trade has been filtered through the eyes and records of white Europeans. In this watershed book, historian Anne C. Bailey focuses on memories of... Read more >
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The Erotic Engine
How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
Written by Patchen Barss


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-66737-1 (0-385-66737-X)

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel... Read more >
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In Praise of Nepotism
A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. Bush
Written by Adam Bellow


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49389-5 (0-385-49389-4)

Nepotism is one of those social habits we all claim to deplore in America; it offends our sense of fair play and our pride in living in a meritocracy. But somehow nepotism prevails; we all want to help our own and a quick glance around reveals any number of successful families... Read more >
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Cultures of the Jews
A New History
Written by David Biale


Format: Hardcover, 1232 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4131-0 (0-8052-4131-0)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >
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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 1
Mediterranean Origins
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1200-6 (0-8052-1200-0)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 2
Diversities of Diaspora
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1201-3 (0-8052-1201-9)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 3
Modern Encounters
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1202-0 (0-8052-1202-7)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Power & Powerlessness in Jewish History

Written by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 10, 1986
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0841-2 (0-8052-0841-0)

WINNER OF THE 1987 JWB NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR HISTORY

In this radical reinterpretation of Jewish history, David Biale tackles the myth of Jewish political passivity between the fall of an independent Jewish Commonwealth in 70 C.E. and the rebirth of the state of Israel in 1948. He argues that Jews... Read more >
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Straight
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
Written by Hanne Blank


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4459-9 (0-8070-4459-8)

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name... Read more >
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The Discoverers

Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72625-0 (0-394-72625-1)

Winner of the History of Science Society Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize


Boorstin's companion volume to The Creators and The Seekers is a vivid, sweeping, and original history of human discovery.

“Compellingly readable . . . a remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often... Read more >
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From Chivalry to Terrorism
War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity
Written by Leo Braudy


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76830-2 (0-679-76830-0)

Manliness has always been linked to physical prowess and to war; indeed the warrior has been the archetypal man across countless cultures throughout time. In this magisterial excursion through literature, history, warfare, and sociology, one of our most prominent scholars tracks the complex relationship between the changing methods and goals of... Read more >
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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 6, 2003
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0817-7 (0-7679-0817-1)

Shortlisted, by Britain’s Royal Society, for the prestigious “Aventis Prize for Science Books.”

Bill Bryson is one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers. In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey–into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It’s a dazzling... Read more >

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The World That Never Was
A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents
Written by Alex Butterworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38675-5 (0-307-38675-9)

A thrilling history of the rise of anarchism, told through the stories of a number of prominent revolutionaries and the agents of the secret police who pursued them.

In the late nineteenth century, nations the world over were mired in economic recession and beset by social unrest, their leaders increasingly threatened by... Read more >
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The Undivided Past
Humanity Beyond Our Differences
Written by David Cannadine


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26907-2 (0-307-26907-8)

From one of our most acclaimed historians, a wise and provocative call to re-examine the way we look at the past: not merely as the story of incessant conflict between groups but also of human solidarity throughout the ages.

Investigating the six most salient categories of human identity, difference, and confrontation—religion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Lessons of Terror
A History of Warfare Against Civilians
Written by Caleb Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76074-7 (0-375-76074-1)

In The Lessons of Terror, military historian Caleb Carr examines terrorism throughout history, to the very roots of our present crisis, and ultimately reaches a provocative set of conclusions: the practice of targeting enemy civilians is as old as warfare itself; it has always failed as a military and political tactic... Read more >
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Day of Empire
How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall
Written by Amy Chua


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7741-0 (1-4000-7741-9)

In this sweeping history, bestselling author Amy Chua explains how globally dominant empires—or hyperpowers—rise and why they fall. In a series of brilliant chapter-length studies, she examines the most powerful cultures in history—from the ancient empires of Persia and China to the recent global empires of England and the United States—and... Read more >
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The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh
A Woman in World History
Written by Linda Colley


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72149-3 (0-385-72149-8)

In this remarkable reconstruction of an eighteenth-century woman's extraordinary and turbulent life, historian Linda Colley not only tells the story of Elizabeth Marsh, one of the most distinctive travelers of her time, but also opens a window onto a radically transforming world.

Marsh was conceived in Jamaica, lived in London, Gibraltar, and... Read more >
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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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The Jew is Not My Enemy
Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism
Written by Tarek Fatah


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4784-8 (0-7710-4784-3)

A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today.

More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the... Read more >
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