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The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time (P.S.)
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time (P.S.)
by John Kelly
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La moria grandissima began its terrible journey across the European and Asian continents in 1347, leaving unimaginable devastation in its wake. Five years later, twenty-five million people were dead, felled by the scourge that would come to be called the... (read more)

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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler
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Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of thirty-four, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Catching her reflection in a window... (read more)

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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.)
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.)
by Loung Ung
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One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to... (read more)

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Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (P.S.)
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (P.S.)
by Laurence Bergreen
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In 1519, Magellan, five ships, and more than two hundred men set sail from Spain to find a water route to the Spice Islands. Despite suffering starvation, disease, torture, and death, they discovered the passageway known today as the Strait of Magellan... (read more)

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A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (P.S.)
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (P.S.)
by Simon Winchester
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"If you liked Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman, or any of Winchester's other works, you'll like this one. He explains geological ideas well, and is well on his way to being the new ambassador of geology's influence on human history. He places... (read more)

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The Children's Blizzard (P.S.)
The Children's Blizzard (P.S.)
by David Laskin
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Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by... (read more)

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History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (P.S.)
History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (P.S.)
by Deborah E Lipstadt
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In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called putative WWII historian David Irving "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial." A prolific author of books on Nazi Germany who has claimed that more people... (read more)

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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester
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Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and... (read more)

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Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Modern Age, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal (P.S.)
Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Modern Age, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal (P.S.)
by Deborah Cadbury
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A world that had changed little from the Middle Ages was altered beyond recognition by the pioneering genius of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Dreams of Iron and Steel, acclaimed historian Deborah Cadbury tells the heroic tale of the... (read more)

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Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar (P.S.)
Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar (P.S.)
by Adam Nicolson
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In October 1805 Lord Horatio Nelson, the most brilliant sea commander who ever lived, led the British Royal Navy to a devastating victory over the Franco-Spanish fleets at the great battle of Trafalgar. It was the foundation of Britain's nineteenth... (read more)

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Sex with Kings: Five Hundred Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge (P.S.)
Sex with Kings: Five Hundred Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge (P.S.)
by Eleanor Herman
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Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Eleanor Herman's Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of... (read more)

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To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World (P.S.)
To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World (P.S.)
by Arthur Herman
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To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian... (read more)

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I Didn't Do It for You, P. S. Edition (05 Edition)
I Didn't Do It for You, P. S. Edition (05 Edition)
by Wrong
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Scarred by decades of conflict and occupation, the craggy African nation of Eritrea has weathered the world's longest-running guerrilla war. The dogged determination that secured victory against Ethiopia, its giant neighbor, is woven into the national... (read more)

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The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District (P.S.)
The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District (P.S.)
by Louise Brown
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The dancing girls of Lahore inhabit the Diamond Market in the shadow of a great mosque. The twenty-first century goes on outside the walls of this ancient quarter but scarcely registers within. Though their trade can be described with accuracy as... (read more)

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Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust (P.S.)
Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust (P.S.)
by Josip Novakovich
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Tragicomedy of the highest order, this stellar collection is Croatian writer Novakovich's best ever. Hailed as one of the best short story writers of the 1990s, Josip Novakovich was praised by the New York Times for writing fiction that has "the crackle... (read more)

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