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Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century
Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century
by Christian Caryl
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Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel... (read more)

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The Crimean War: A History
The Crimean War: A History
by Orlando Figes
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From "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians" (Financial Times) comes the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern age. The Charge of the Light Brigade, Florence Nightingale—these are the enduring icons of... (read more)

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July 1914: Countdown to War
July 1914: Countdown to War
by Sean McMeekin
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When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on June 28, 1914, there was no indication that world war would be the result. Even Ferdinand's own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the... (read more)

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El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency
El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency
by Ioan Grillo
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The world has watched, stunned, the bloodshed in Mexico. Forty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in... (read more)

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The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great
The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great
by Harvey J. Kaye
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An inspiring call to redeem the progressive legacy of the greatest generation, now under threat as never before. For decades conservative and corporate interests have worked to obscure the greatest achievement of the Greatest Generation: securing... (read more)

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Thunderstruck
Thunderstruck
by Erik Larson
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In this remarkable follow-up to his hit thriller Devil in the White City, Erik Larson applies his considerable skill to craft a story of invention and murder. A tightly written page-turner.... (read more)

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A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
by Peter Ackerman
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [507]-533) and index.... (read more)

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The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
by Craig Nelson
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andlt;B andgt;From the andlt;I andgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;Rocket Menandlt;/Iandgt; and the award-winning biographer of Thomas Paine comes the first complete history of the Atomic Age, a brilliant, magisterial... (read more)

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The Miracle of the Kent: A Tale of Courage, Faith, and Fire
The Miracle of the Kent: A Tale of Courage, Faith, and Fire
by Nicholas Tracy
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An Extraordinary Rescue That Was Used as Proof of Divine Intervention and the Power of Prayer—and One of the Greatest Human Interest Stories of All Time “It is sometimes difficult to understand why certain events rouse a whole country. The loss... (read more)

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Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
by Nicholson Baker
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Bestselling author Nicholson Baker, recognized as one of the most dexterous and talented writers in America today, has created a compelling work of nonfiction bound to provoke discussion and controversy -- a wide-ranging, astonishingly fresh perspective... (read more)

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Year Zero: A History of 1945
Year Zero: A History of 1945
by Ian Buruma
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A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one... (read more)

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
by Charles C. Mann
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As fascinating as his bestseller 1491, Mann's 1493 recounts how the world was forever changed by a "Columbian Exchange," when plants, animals, commodities, and people crossed oceans for the first time. Entertaining and insightful, this scientific history... (read more)

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The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
by William K. Klingaman
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Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping history of the year that became known as... (read more)

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The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer
The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer
by Thierry Cruvellier
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An Eichmann in Jerusalem for the Khmer Rouge, Thierry Cruvellier's The Master of Confessions is a harrowing account of the trial of Duch, director of the regime's most brutal prison. Cruvellier paints a startling portrait of a war criminal... (read more)

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Feeling Mediated: A History of Media Technology and Emotion in America
Feeling Mediated: A History of Media Technology and Emotion in America
by Brenton J. Malin
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New technologies, whether text message or telegraph, inevitably raise questions about emotion. New forms of communication bring with them both fear and hope, on one hand allowing us deeper emotional connections and the ability to forge global communities,... (read more)

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Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History
Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History
by Sigfried Giedion
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First published in 1948, Mechanization Takes Command is an examination of mechanization and its effects on everyday life. A monumental figure in the field of architectural history, Sigfried Giedion traces the evolution and resulting philosophical... (read more)

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Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914
Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914
by Frederic Morton
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It was in Vienna in 1913 that a young Stalin arrived on a mission that would launch him into the upper echelon of Russian revolutionaries. Here also the failed artist Adolf Hitler kept daubing watercolors and spouting tirades at fellow drifters in a... (read more)

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A New History of the Humanities: The Search for Principles and Patterns from Antiquity to the Present
A New History of the Humanities: The Search for Principles and Patterns from Antiquity to the Present
by Rens Bod
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Many histories of science have been written, but A New History of the Humanities offers the first overarching history of the humanities from Antiquity to the present. There are already historical studies of musicology, logic, art history, linguistics... (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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The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a... (read more)

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Culture and Imperialism
Culture and Imperialism
by Edward W Said
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In Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said's immense erudition and interpretive audacity are brought to bear on a variety of literatures, reanimating the terms of his title and discovering, in the process, how some of the most revered cultural productions... (read more)

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