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Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
by Tom Holland
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In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta... (read more)

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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
by David Aaronovitch
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A history so funny, so true, so scary, it's bound to be called a conspiracy. "Meticulous in its research, forensic in its reasoning, robust in its argument, and often hilarious in its debunking, Voodoo Histories is a highly entertaining rumble with the... (read more)

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A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment
by Philipp Blom
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A Wicked Company tells the remarkable story of Baron Thierry Holbachs Parisian salon, an epicenter of freethinking that brought together the greatest minds of the 18th century. Over wine-soaked dinner parties, the finest intellectuals of the Western... (read more)

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Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins
Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins
by J E Lendon
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Song of Wrath tells the story of Classical Athens victorious Ten Years War (431– 421 BC) against grim Sparta—the first decade of the terrible Peloponnesian War that turned the Golden Age of Greece to lead. Historian J.E. Lendon presents a... (read more)

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Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
by Pamela D Toler
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It takes more than 10 billion years to create just the right conditions on one planet for life to begin. It takes another three billion years of evolving life forms until it finally happens, a primate super species emerges: mankind. In conjunction with... (read more)

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Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar
Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar
by Rob Goodman
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"Cato, history's most famous foe of authoritarian power, was the pivotal political man of Rome; an inspiration to our Founding Fathers; and a cautionary figure for our times. He loved Roman republicanism, but saw himself as too principled for the mere... (read more)

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God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
by David Levering Lewis
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At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman empires, followed by the rise of... (read more)

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One Bloody Thing After Another: The World's Gruesome History
One Bloody Thing After Another: The World's Gruesome History
by Jacob Field
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A fascinating account of terror, torture, and power in all its repulsive guises—from why Tsar Ivan was the dubbed "the Terrible" to which hurts more, an arrow in the eye or a stake in the heart Grisly and gruesome, this book details... (read more)

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Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory
Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory
by Lisa Jardine
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In Going Dutch, renowned writer Lisa Jardine tells the remarkable history of the relationship between England and Holland, two of Europes most important colonial powers at the dawn of the modern age. Jardine, the author of The Awful End of Prince William... (read more)

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Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
by Philip Freeman
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In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most... (read more)

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Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live
Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live
by Ben Thompson
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The badasses populating the pages of Badass are the most savagely awesome historical figures to ever strap on a pair of chain mail gauntlets and run screaming into battle. Author Ben Thompson—considered by many to be the Internets foremost... (read more)

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The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution
The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution
by Faramerz Dabhoiwala
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A man admits that, when drunk, he tried to have sex with an eighteen-year-old girl; she is arrested and denies they had intercourse, but finally begs God's forgiveness. Then she is publicly hanged alongside her attacker. These events took place in 1644... (read more)

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The Cartoon History of the Universe II
The Cartoon History of the Universe II
by Larry Gonick
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Here's a new installment of the phenomenal bestseller that Publishers Weekly selected as one of the twelve graphic books of all time. Spanning ages and continents from Ancient India to Rome and China in A.D. 600, Volume II is hip, funny, and full of info.... (read more)

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The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century
The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century
by Paul Collins
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and#147;Stimulating, encyclopedic, and often downright funny, this is a book worth remembering.and#8221; and#151;Stephen Oand#8217;Shea, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) and#147;A lively, full-to-bursting history of the turbulent tenth century in... (read more)

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Great Empires: An Illustrated Atlas
Great Empires: An Illustrated Atlas
by National Geographic Kids
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Cradled among the worlds highest mountains—and sheltering one of its most devout religious communities—Tibet is, for many of us, an ultimate destination, a place that touches the heavens, a place only barely in our world, at its very end. In... (read more)

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Inventing the 21st Century
Inventing the 21st Century
by Stephen Van Dulken
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From the iPod to the Nintendo Wii, the first decade of the twenty-first century has already brought us incredible inventions we could not have imagined before, yet that have already changed how we live our lives and spend our free time. Although the... (read more)

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Leaving Home: Migration Yesterday & Today
Leaving Home: Migration Yesterday & Today
by Diethelm Knauf
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The nineteenth century is often called the century of mass migration. Multiple factors, including new opportunities created by the industrial revolution, left many people from underdeveloped regions, searching to find a better life somewhere else. Now... (read more)

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Solomon's Temple: Myth and History
Solomon's Temple: Myth and History
by William Hamblin and David Rolph Seely
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The only up-to-date illustrated account of one of the most intriguing and influential buildings in history. The Temple of Solomon has been the focus of profound spiritual reverence for over three thousand years. From its Bronze Age antecedents in the... (read more)

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Divine Fury: A History of Genius
Divine Fury: A History of Genius
by Darrin M Mcmahon
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Genius. With hints of madness and mystery, moral license and visionary force, the word suggests an almost otherworldly power: the power to create, to divine the secrets of the universe, even to destroy. Yet the notion of genius has been diluted in recent... (read more)

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The Revenge of History: The Battle for the 21st Century
The Revenge of History: The Battle for the 21st Century
by Seumas Milne
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From 9/11 to the Arab uprisings and beyond—encompassing the economic crisis, war on terror, rise of China and tide of change in Latin America—The Revenge of History turns the orthodoxies of the past generation on their head.   In this... (read more)

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