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A History of the World in 6 Glasses
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
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Like Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or, the True and Incredible Adventure of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, and other enjoyable histories that... (read more)

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
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True or false: One out of every four items for sale in the average American supermarket contains corn? (Think, think, think...) Believe it or not, it's true. If this unsettles you — or just plain doesn't make sense — pick up a copy of Michael Pollan... (read more)

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
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In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food... (read more)

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Red: A History of the Redhead
Red: A History of the Redhead
by Jacky Colliss Harvey.
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The brilliantly told, captivating history of red hair throughout the ages and across multiple disciplines, including science, religion, politics, feminism and sexuality, literature, and art The mere mention of red hair calls to mind vivid pictures... (read more)

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Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year
Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year
by Michael Farquhar
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National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless... (read more)

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Short History of the World (93 Edition)
Short History of the World (93 Edition)
by John M. Roberts
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Praise for History of the World: "[A] landmark book."--The Christian Science Monitor "Epic, yet readable."--Philadelphia Inquirer "Roberts provides a scholarly examination representing a one-volume survey of the major events of the past."--The Bookwatch... (read more)

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The West: A Narrative History, Combined Volume
The West: A Narrative History, Combined Volume
by A. Daniel Frankforter
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The book students will read: Concise. Relevant. Accessible.   The West: A Narrative History is a concise but not abridged introduction to the West, encompassing all cultures that trace their ancestry to the ancient Mediterranean world. It is not a... (read more)

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Salt: A World History
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky
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The additive that flows under the radar The most popular drug in America is a white powder. No, not that powder. This is caffeine in its most essential state. And Caffeinated reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug... (read more)

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Plagues and Peoples
Plagues and Peoples
by William Mcneill
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Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour
Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour
by Barbara W Tuchman
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Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership
Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership
by Andro Linklater
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Barely two centuries ago, most of the world's productive land still belonged either communally to traditional societies or to the higher powers of monarch or church. But that pattern, and the ways of life that went with it, were consigned to history by... (read more)

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The Greek Polis: University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1
The Greek Polis: University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1
by Arthur W.h. Adkins
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John W. Boyer is the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Chicago, where he has been dean of the College since 1992.... (read more)

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A Little History of the World
A Little History of the World
by E. H. Gombrich
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"... the main body of the book retains an irresistible, boyish energy and enthusiasm... Here, in this little book, are answers to many of the questions you never dared to ask."—Margaret Drabble, New Statesman --Die... (read more)

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Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
by Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie
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Civilization: The West and the Rest
Civilization: The West and the Rest
by Niall Ferguson
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Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. All over the world, more and more people study at Western-style universities, work for Western-style companies, vote for... (read more)

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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
by Barbara W Tuchman
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Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government.  ... (read more)

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Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World: From 1000 Ce to the Present
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World: From 1000 Ce to the Present
by Robert Tignor
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is organized around major world history stories and themes: the emergence of cities, the building of the Silk Road, the spread of major religions, the spread of the Black Death, the Age of Exploration, alternatives to 19th-century capitalism, the rise of... (read more)

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A History of the World in 100 Objects
A History of the World in 100 Objects
by Neil MacGregor
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From the renowned director of the British Museum, a kaleidoscopic history of humanity told through things we have made. When did people first start to wear jewelry or play music? When were cows domesticated and why do we feed their milk to our children... (read more)

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Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World
Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World
by Daniel Hannan
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Inventing Freedom is an ambitious account of the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made our country great, and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled. According to... (read more)

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Brave Companions
Brave Companions
by David McCullough
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The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is... (read more)

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