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Regionalism in the European Union
Regionalism in the European Union
by Peter Wagstaff
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Contributions examine the balance between state and region, center and periphery, as well as capital and province, within most of the 15 member states of the European Union. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews... (read more)

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1968: The Year That Rocked the World
1968: The Year That Rocked the World
by Mark Kurlansky
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To some, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and... (read more)

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People: The Royals: Their Lives, Loves, and Secrets
People: The Royals: Their Lives, Loves, and Secrets
by People Magazine
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Once upon a time . . . Diana dazzled, Grace glowed, and there were many happily--and unhappily--ever afters. Now People takes you inside the lives of the world's royals--at home, at play and up close and personal. Here in this gorgeous celebration of all... (read more)

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Technology Transfer and Industrial Change in Europe
Technology Transfer and Industrial Change in Europe
by Helen Lawton Smith
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Based on the two-year study Technology Technology Transfer in the UK and European Context: the Flow Measuring Industry and the Electronic Component Industry, Lawton Smith (local economic development, Coventry U. and geography, Oxford U.) focuses on... (read more)

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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
by Neil Sheehan
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"The military-industrial complex proves an unlikely arena for plucky individualism in this history of the men who built America's intercontinental ballistic missile program in the 1950s and '60s. Sheehan paints air force Gen. Bernard Schriever and his... (read more)

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The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade
The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade
by Gerard J Degroot
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DeGroot makes an important contribution to the literature through his inclusion of events outside the U.S. in the 1960s. Vancouver... (read more)

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Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage
Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage
by Nicholas Wapshott
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Wapshott (an editor at The New York Sun) presents an admiring parallel biography of political allies Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Naturally, he focuses on the period during which Reagan was in the White House and Thatcher was residing at 10... (read more)

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Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Cold War
Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Cold War
by John Swift
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Praise for books in the Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas Series: "a useful text and library reference...can serve as a supplemental volume or stand alone as a short text"--Nationalities Papers ". . . a valuable tool for the classroom and the general... (read more)

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Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West
Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West
by Christopher Caldwell
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This provocative and unflinching analysis of Europe’s unexpected demographic revolution focuses on the increasingly assertive Muslim populations shaping the continent’s future.   Europe’s half century of mass immigration has failed... (read more)

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The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War
The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War
by Ben Shephard
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"[A] highly readable and moving book of postwar relief efforts...Shephard raises an important point about the writing of history, which so often dwells on spectacular evil at the expense of pedestrian virtue...With this book, [he] has made a significant... (read more)

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The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century: The History of the World, 1901 to the Present
The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century: The History of the World, 1901 to the Present
by J M Roberts
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A completely revised and updated edition of this highly acclaimed account of human endeavor A work of breathtaking scope, The Penguin History of the World tells the story of humanity in its entirety—all the triumphs and tragedies, grandeur and folly... (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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"A book of great importance; it surpasses all others in breadth and depth."--... (read more)

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Recognizing European Modernities: A Montage of the Present
Recognizing European Modernities: A Montage of the Present
by Allan Richard Pred
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Using montage - relayering multiple pasts and on-going present - this challenges the obsession with postmodernity, demanding a deeper, more connective understanding of the pleasures and dangers of the European present.... (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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10 Years That Shook the World: A Timeline of Events from 2001
10 Years That Shook the World: A Timeline of Events from 2001
by Loretta Napoleoni
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From 9/11 to the launch of the iPod, from the creation of "Gmail: to the 2004 tsunami, from the Enron Bankruptcy to the killing of Osama bin Laden, 10 Years That Shook the World is the story of an extraordinary decade. For each year, Loretta Napoleoni... (read more)

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One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (Vintage)
One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (Vintage)
by Michael Dobbs
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"Extraordinary. . . . As gripping as any fiction. Dobbs is an impeccable researcher and reporter." —The Christian Science Monitor "A book with sobering new information about the world's only superpower nuclear confrontation—as well as... (read more)

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Facts About the 20TH Century
Facts About the 20TH Century
by George Ochoa
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Four chapters contain entries that, together, attempt to sum up the entire history of the world during the 20th century. Beginning with a year-by-year chronology listing major events (categorized under the topic headings of arts and entertainment... (read more)

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Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets
Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets
by David Strafford
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But above all, it was cemented by shared enemies: Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. On these foundations Roosevelt and Churchill constructed a fighting alliance unlike any other in history. The two men also developed an extraordinary personal relationship... (read more)

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Rethinking Europe's Future
Rethinking Europe's Future
by David P Calleo
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"A truly distinguished book. Major. Important. Seminal. There is plenty in here for everyone to learn about the deeper meaning of what happened in recent European history and how it relates to what we ought to do. David Calleo's book is different in... (read more)

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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
by Tony Judt
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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award One of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from... (read more)

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