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Biohazard
The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It
Written by Ken Alibek and Stephen Handelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33496-9 (0-385-33496-6)

For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: a bleak tract sown with powerful seeds of mass destruction--by doctors who had committed themselves to creating a biological Armageddon. Biohazard is the never-before-told story of Russia's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Koba the Dread
Laughter and the Twenty Million
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3220-4 (1-4000-3220-2)

A brilliant weave of personal involvement, vivid biography and political insight, Koba the Dread is the successor to Martin Amis’s award-winning memoir, Experience.

Koba the Dread captures the appeal of one of the most powerful belief systems of the 20th century—one that spread through the world, both captivating it and staining it... Read more >

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Reagan's Secret War
The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster
Written by Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-23863-4 (0-307-23863-6)

On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers: “I will make the decisions.” As Reagan’s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Man Who Tried to Save the World
The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of an American Hero
Written by Scott Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48666-8 (0-385-48666-9)

A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his... Read more >

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Gulag
A History
Written by Anne Applebaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3409-3 (1-4000-3409-4)

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Non-Fiction 2004
National Book Critics Circle Nominee, Non-Fiction
National Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction 2003

Winnner of the Duff Cooper Prize 2003

The Gulag—the vast array of Soviet concentration camps—was a system of repression and punishment whose rationalized evil and institutionalized inhumanity were rivaled only by the Holocaust.

The Gulag entered the world’s historical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Iron Curtain
The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
Written by Anne Applebaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9593-3 (1-4000-9593-X)

National Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2012
Best Nonfiction of 2012: The Wall Street Journal, The Plain Dealer

In the much-anticipated follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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History of the Present
Essays, Sketches, and Dispatches from Europe in the 1990s
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72762-7 (0-375-72762-0)

The 1990s. An extraordinary decade in Europe. At its beginning, the old order collapsed along with the Berlin Wall. Everything seemed possible. Everyone hailed a brave new Europe. But no one knew what this new Europe would look like. Now we know. Most of Western Europe has launched into the unprecedented... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chasing the Sea
Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72754-2 (0-375-72754-X)

In 1960, the Aral Sea was the size of Lake Michigan: a huge body of water in the deserts of Central Asia. By 1996, when Tom Bissell arrived in Uzbekistan as a naïve Peace Corps volunteer, disastrous Soviet irrigation policies had shrunk the sea to a third its size. Bissell lasted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Madness Visible
A Memoir of War
Written by Janine di Giovanni


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72455-8 (0-375-72455-9)

As a senior foreign correspondent for The Times of London, Janine di Giovanni was a firsthand witness to the brutal and protracted break-up of Yugoslavia. With unflinching sensitivity, Madness Visible follows the arc of the wars in the Balkans through the experience of those caught up in them: soldiers numbed by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Down with Big Brother
The Fall of the Soviet Empire
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75151-9 (0-679-75151-3)

As Washington Post correspondent in Moscow, Warsaw, and Yugoslavia in the final decade of the Soviet empire, Michael Dobbs had a ringside seat to the extraordinary events that led to the unraveling of the Bolshevik Revolution.  From Tito's funeral to the birth of Solidarity in the Gda´nsk shipyard, from the tragedy of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Minute to Midnight
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7891-2 (1-4000-7891-1)

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Epic Rivalry
The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race
Written by Von Hardesty and Gene Eisman
Foreword by Sergei Khrushchev


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0119-6 (1-4262-0119-2)

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat—the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Disturbing the Peace
A Conversation with Karel Huizdala
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73402-4 (0-679-73402-3)

In Prague in 1976, the quizzical, absurdist playwright Vaclav Havel agreed to be the spokesman for a group calling for a more tolerant and open Czechoslovakia. Thirteen years later, after years of official harassment and imprisonment, Havel became his country's first president. These eloquent, probing, and often witty interviews, conducted by... Read more >

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Open Letters
Selected Writings, 1965-1990
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73811-4 (0-679-73811-8)

Here are Havel's most important essays, brought together for the first time in authorized translations and spanning twenty-five years of political activism--from the early sixties, when he was a relatively unknown dissident playwright, to his 1990 New Year's Day speech.  Included are several previously untranslated pieces, unpublished prison letters, the famous "Open... Read more >

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To the Castle and Back

Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38845-2 (0-307-38845-X)

From the former president of the Czech Republic comes this first-hand account of his years in office and the transition to democracy following the fall of Communism.

A renowned playwright, Václav Havel became one of Czechoslovakia's most prominent dissidents under Communist rule – and the president after the Velvet Revolution, making him... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World Report 2014
Events of 2013
Written by Human Rights Watch
Introduction by Kenneth Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-555-5 (1-60980-555-0)

The 24th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than ninety countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work undertaken in 2013 by Human Rights Watch staff in close partnership with domestic human rights activists. World Report 2014 gives particular focus on the roles-positive or negative-played in each country by key domestic and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eastward to Tartary
Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70576-2 (0-375-70576-7)

Kaplan takes us on a spellbinding journey into the heart of a volatile region, stretching from Hungary and Romania to the far shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea. Through dramatic stories of unforgettable characters, Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of this unstable area that he describes as the new fault line... Read more >

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The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6983-5 (1-4000-6983-1)

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Imperium

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74780-2 (0-679-74780-X)

"One of the great journalists of our time" (The Los Angeles Times), Kapuscinski offers in Imperium an intensely personal, detailed exploration of the empire that was the Soviet Union. He begins with his own childhood memories of the postwar Soviet occupation of Pinsk, in what was then Poland's eastern frontier, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bakunin
The Creative Passion#A Biography
Written by Mark Leier


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-894-4 (1-58322-894-2)

The spellbinding story of both the man and the theory, Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history: Mikhail Bakunin, the founder of anarchism, here revealed as a practical moral philosophy rooted in a critique of wealth and power.

Mark Leier corrects many of the popular misconceptions about Bakunin and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Romanovs
Autocrats of All the Russians
Written by W. Bruce Lincoln


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 5, 1983
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-27908-6 (0-385-27908-6)

For three centuries—beginning with the accession of Mikhail Feodorovich Romanov in 1613—the Romanov Dynasty ruled Russia. Its reign ended with the execution of Nicholas II and Alexandra in the early 20th century. Noted Russian scholar W. Bruce Lincoln has brilliantly portrayed the achievement, significance and high drama of the Dynasty as... Read more >

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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reagan and Gorbachev
How the Cold War Ended
Written by Jack Matlock


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7489-8 (0-8129-7489-1)

In Reagan and Gorbachev, Jack F. Matlock, Jr., gives an eyewitness account of how the Cold War ended, with humankind declared the winner. As Reagan’s principal adviser on Soviet and European affairs, and later as the U.S. ambassador to the U.S.S.R., Matlock lived history: He was the point person for Reagan’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Humanism and Terror
An Essay on the Communist Problem
Written by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Translated by John O'Neill


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1990
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0277-3 (0-8070-0277-1)

First published in France In 1947, Merleau-Ponty’s essay was in part a response to Arthur Koestler’s novel, Darkness at Noon, and in a larger sense a contribution to the political and moral debates of a postwar world suddenly divided into two armed camps. For Merleau-Ponty, the basic question was: given the... Read more >

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The Captive Mind

Written by Czeslaw Milosz


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72856-6 (0-679-72856-2)

This best known prose work by the winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and women living under totalitarianism of the right or left. It reveals in fascinating detail the often beguiling allure of totalitarian rule to people of all political... Read more >
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