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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss
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By the author of the internationally bestselling biography The Orientalist, The Black Count brings to life one of history’s great forgotten heroes: a man almost unknown today yet with a personal story that is strikingly familiar.  His... (read more)

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A House in the Sky
A House in the Sky
by Amanda Lindhout
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BREAKING NEWS: Amanda Lindhout’s lead kidnapper, Ali Omar Ader, has been caught. Amanda Lindhout wrote about her fifteen month abduction in Somalia in A House in the Sky. It is the New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led... (read more)

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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
by David McCullough
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While Gertrude Stein hosted the literati of the Left Bank, Mrs. Bates-Batcheller, an American socialite and concert singer in Paris, held sumptuous receptions for the Daughters of the American Revolution in her suburban villa. History may remember the... (read more)

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe (P.S.)
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe (P.S.)
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
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"We're far more accustomed to—and comfortable with—seeing women portrayed as victims of war who deserve our sympathy rather than as resilient survivors who demand our respect…"  Former ABC journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon... (read more)

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Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa (Pivotal Moments in World History)
Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa (Pivotal Moments in World History)
by Kenneth S Broun
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When South Africa's apartheid government charged Nelson Mandela with planning its overthrow in 1963, most observers feared that he would be sentenced to death. But the support he and his fellow activists in the African National Congress received during... (read more)

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Victims of Yalta: The Secret Betrayal of the Allies: 1944-1947
Victims of Yalta: The Secret Betrayal of the Allies: 1944-1947
by Nikolai Tolstoy
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One of the most tragic episodes of World War II--the forced repatriation of two million Russian POW s to certain doom.... (read more)

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Constantine the Emperor
Constantine the Emperor
by D S Potter
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Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced... (read more)

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Bolivar: American Liberator
Bolivar: American Liberator
by Marie Arana
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SIMand#211;N BOLand#205; VAR and#8212;andlt;I andgt;El Libertadorandlt;/Iandgt;and#8212;freed six countries from Spanish rule and is still the most revered figure in South America today. He traveled from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains, engaged in... (read more)

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The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941
The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941
by Roger Moorhouse
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History remembers the Soviets and the Nazis as bitter enemies whose conflict was the decisive clash of World War II. Yet Hitler and Stalin signed a treaty of nonaggression that lasted for nearly a third of the war, and that is key to understanding why... (read more)

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Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation
Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation
by Ruby Blondell
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The story of Helen of Troy has its origins in ancient Greek epic and didactic poetry, more than 2500 years ago, but it remains one of the world's most galvanizing myths about the destructive power of beauty. Much like the ancient Greeks, our own... (read more)

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Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation
Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation
by Charles Glass
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An unforgettable portrait of Paris and Vichy France during the Nazi occupation. Americans in Paris recounts tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit, and survival under the brutal Nazi occupation through the eyes of the Americans who lived through... (read more)

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The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
by Timothy H Parsons
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In The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire, what empires of the past can tell us about our own... (read more)

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To Marry an English Lord
To Marry an English Lord
by Gail Maccoll
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AMERICAN HEIRESSES TAKE ON THE PEERAGE In 1895, nine American girls, including a Vanderbilt (railroads), LaRoche (pharmaceuticals), Rogers (oil) and Whitney (New York trolleys), married peers of the British realmoXamong them, a duke, an earl, three... (read more)

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Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939--1945
Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939--1945
by Catherine Merridale
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They died in vast numbers, eight million men and women driven forward in suicidal charges, shattered by German shells and tanks. They were the soldiers of the Red Army, an exhausted mass of recruits who confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and... (read more)

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Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris
Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris
by Ian Kershaw
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From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the... (read more)

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A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties
A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties
by Robert Greenfield
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"In this roving relationship biography, journalist Greenfield (Exile on Main St.) documents the end of swinging London and the psychedelic 1960s through the breakdown of a high-society, scene-hopping married couple. Tommy Weber and Susan 'Puss' Coriat... (read more)

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A Brief History of Bolivia (Brief History)
A Brief History of Bolivia (Brief History)
by Waltraud Queisr Morales
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Morales (political science, University of Central Florida) offers a concise account of the history of Bolivia, from ancient civilizations to recent social and political developments. Written for a general audience, the book opens with an overview of pre... (read more)

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The End of History and the Last Man
The End of History and the Last Man
by Francis Fukuyama
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Ever since its first publication in 1992, The End of History and the Last Man has provoked controversy and debate. Francis Fukuyama's prescient analysis of religious fundamentalism, politics, scientific progress, ethical codes, and war is as essential... (read more)

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Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
by Richard Stengel
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1215: The Year of Magna Carta
1215: The Year of Magna Carta
by Danny Danziger and John Gillingham
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Danny Damziger was brought up in England and America. Now an award- winning columnist for The Sunday Times, he is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Eton Voices and The Year 1000. He is currently writing a book on the Metropolitan... (read more)

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