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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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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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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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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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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt
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One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and... (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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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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West : Narrative History, Combined (3RD 13 Edition)
West : Narrative History, Combined (3RD 13 Edition)
by A. Daniel Frankforter
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ALERT: Before you purchase, check with your instructor or review your course syllabus to ensure that you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, including customized versions... (read more)

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History of Western Civilization 6TH Edition
History of Western Civilization 6TH Edition
by William Har Mcneill
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William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. In 2009 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for his work as a teacher, scholar, and... (read more)

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Cartoon History of the Universe #1-7: Cartoon History of the Universe 1
Cartoon History of the Universe #1-7: Cartoon History of the Universe 1
by Larry Gonick
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Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History
Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History
by David Christian
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David Christian is Professor in the Department of History at San Diego State University. He is the author of Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation (1990), Imperial and Soviet Russia: Power, Privilege and the Challenge of... (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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Landscape and Memory (95 Edition)
Landscape and Memory (95 Edition)
by Simon Schama
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Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson
by Jennifer Mich Hecht
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How old are you?  The more thought you bring to bear on the question, the harder it is to answer.  For we age simultaneously in different ways: biologically, psychologically, socially. And we age within the larger framework of a culture, in the... (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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Copernican Revolution ((Rev)57 Edition)
Copernican Revolution ((Rev)57 Edition)
by Thomas S. Kuhn
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Reading this book in the current age of extrasolar planets, genetics and string theory is eye-opening. Caleb... (read more)

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The Proud Tower: A Protrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
The Proud Tower: A Protrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
by Barbara W. Tuchman
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I The Patricians The last government in the Western world to possess all the attributes of aristocracy in working condition took office in England in June of 1895. Great Britain was at the zenith of empire when the Conservatives won the General Election... (read more)

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Plagues and Peoples
Plagues and Peoples
by William Mcneill
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The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
by Bernard Grun
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THE NEW FOURTH REVISED EDITION A vast and absorbing resource, the fourth edition of The Timetables of ™History spans millennia of human history. Unlike any other reference volume, this book gives a sweeping overview of the making of the contemporary... (read more)

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