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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 Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
by Jay Winik
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It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of... (read more)

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Eyewitness to History: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era
Eyewitness to History: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era
by Patricia Daniels
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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... (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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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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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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Medieval Household: Daily Living C.1150-C.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)
Medieval Household: Daily Living C.1150-C.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)
by Geoff Egan
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This book brings together for the first time the astonishing diversity of excavated furnishings and artefacts from medieval London homes. These include roofing and other structural items, decorative fixtures and fittings, and assortment of culinary... (read more)

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Daily Life in Greece At the Time of Pericles
Daily Life in Greece At the Time of Pericles
by Robert Flaceliere
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The Spartan Tradition in European Thought
The Spartan Tradition in European Thought
by Elizabeth Rawson
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Ancient polemics on Sparta (by Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, and others) have had a remarkable afterlife in the political and educational thought of Renaissance Italy, the France of the Philosophes, Whig England, and Nazi Germany. This book outlines the... (read more)

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The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery
The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery
by Wolfga Schivelbusch
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Focusing on three seminal cases of military defeat--the South after the Civil War, France in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War, and Germany following World War I--Wolfgang Schivelbusch reveals the complex psychological and cultural responses of... (read more)

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Life in a Medieval City
Life in a Medieval City
by Joseph Gies
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Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World
Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World
by Diana Preston
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On a stiflingly hot day in August, 30 B.C., the thirty-nine-year-old Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her own life, rather than be paraded in chains through Rome by her conqueror, Octavian, the future emperor Augustus. A few days earlier, her lover of... (read more)

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The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution
The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution
by Alex Storozynski
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Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head (when he dared court a woman above his station), he came to America one... (read more)

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The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
by Richard Overy
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IF THE PAST CENTURY will be remembered for its tragic pairing of civilized achievement and organized destruction, at the heart of darkness may be found Hitler, Stalin, and the systems of domination they forged. Their lethal regimes murdered millions and... (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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100 Mistakes That Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World
100 Mistakes That Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World
by Bill Fawcett
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Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that... (read more)

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The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization
The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization
by Jonathan Lyons
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For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile Arab culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough to visit cities... (read more)

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The Black Death: A Personal History
The Black Death: A Personal History
by John Hatcher
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In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, John Hatcher, a world-renowned scholar of the Middle Ages, recreates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they... (read more)

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Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism
Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism
by Michael Burleigh
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In this sweeping and deeply penetrating work, distinguished historian Michael Burleigh explores the nature of terrorism from its origins in the West to the current global threat fueled by fundamentalists. Burleigh takes us from the roots of terrorism in... (read more)

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