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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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In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things... (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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Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King
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Of the many transformations that architecture has undergone throughout history, none is more important to the Renaissance than Filippo Brunelleschi's dome design for the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence. Few books have introduced Renaissance... (read more)

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Varieties of History: From Voltaire to the Present
Varieties of History: From Voltaire to the Present
by Fritz R Stern
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This is a book by historians about history, personal reflections on an ancient but ever varying discipline. As the present work will show, modern historians have written in a variety of genres, but the multiplicity of style cannot obscure the two basic... (read more)

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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
by Charles C. Mann
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Charles C. Mann has pulled off an impressive feat — a scholarly, thorough work of history that's almost compulsively readable. In 1491, he summarizes and examines the last thirty years of research into the pre-Columbian Americas, and comes to some... (read more)

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The History of the Peloponnesian War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
The History of the Peloponnesian War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
by Thucydides
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Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The... (read more)

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Columbian Exchange Biological
Columbian Exchange Biological
by A W Crosby
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"The best thing about this book is its overarching thesis, the concept of a Columbian exchange. This provocative device permits Crosby to shape a lot of familiar and seemingly unrelated data into a fresh synthesis. . . . The implications of this... (read more)

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100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod
100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod
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A collection of the most important ideas, theories, and concepts of all time 100 Diagrams That Changed the World is a fascinating collection of the most significant plans, sketches, drawings, and illustrations that have influenced and shaped the way we... (read more)

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage)
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage)
by Charles C. Mann
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From the author of 1491 — the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas — a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split... (read more)

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Crisis of the European Mind: 1680-1715 (13 Edition)
Crisis of the European Mind: 1680-1715 (13 Edition)
by Paul Hazard
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 Paul Hazard was one of the master historians of the twentieth century, and The Crisis of the European Mind is by common consent his masterwork, an ambitious study in intellectual history whose breadth of learning and authority is widely... (read more)

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The Black Death:The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)
The Black Death:The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)
by John Aberth
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A fascinating account of the phenomenon known as the Black Death, this volume offers a wealth of documentary material focused on the initial outbreak of the plague that ravaged the world in the fourteenth century. A comprehensive introduction that... (read more)

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The Greek Way
The Greek Way
by Edith Hamilton
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"Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizaed world, a strange new power was at work. . . . Athens had entered upon her brief and magnificent flowering of genius which so molded the world of... (read more)

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Practicing History: Selected Essays
Practicing History: Selected Essays
by Barbara W Tuchman
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I The Craft In Search of History History began to exert its fascination upon me when I was about six, through the medium of the Twins series by Lucy Fitch Perkins. I became absorbed in the fortunes of the Dutch Twins; the Twins of the American Revolution,... (read more)

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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years
Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years
by Tom Standage
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Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common, as each was their generations signature means of “instant” communication. Indeed, as Tom Standage reveals in his scintillating new book, social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the... (read more)

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Last Rites
Last Rites
by John Lukacs
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"John Lukacs has over the past forty years become one of the most interesting and popular historical writes in the United States. . . . [Last Rites] represents a capstone to an impressive intellectual achievement. . . . Lukacs's prose gives pleasure to... (read more)

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Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World
Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World
by Peter Depiro
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A witty, erudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? “Sprezzatura,” or the art of effortless mastery... (read more)

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The Enlightenment (New Approaches to European History)
The Enlightenment (New Approaches to European History)
by Dorinda Outram
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This is the second edition of a unique textbook on the Enlightenment.... (read more)

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Royal Pains: A Rogues' Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds
Royal Pains: A Rogues' Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds
by Leslie Carroll
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The author of Notorious Royal Marriages presents some of history's boldest, baddest, and bawdiest royals. The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the most rotten of apples: über-violent... (read more)

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The Farfarers: Before the Norse
The Farfarers: Before the Norse
by Farley Mowat
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MYSTERIOUS LONGHOUSES in the Arctic, ancient stone beacons in Newfoundland - are they evidence of Europeans who crossed the Atlantic before A.D. 1000? Farley Mowat advances a controversial new theory about the first visitors to North America. Mowat's... (read more)

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Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture
Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture
by Peter Garnsey
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During the first, stable period of the Principate (roughly from 27 BC to AD 235), when the empire reached its maximum extent, Roman society and culture were radically transformed. But how was the vast territory of the empire controlled? Did the demands... (read more)

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