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TRAVELS AMONG THE NEW GREEK RUINS
Written by JAMES ANGELOS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34650-4

A transporting, good-humored, and revealing account of Greece’s dire troubles, reported from the mountain villages, idyllic islands, and hardscrabble streets that define the country today

In recent years, small Greece, often associated with ancient philosophers and marble ruins, whitewashed villages and cerulean seas, has been at the center of a debt crisis that has sown economic and social ruin, spurred panic in international markets, and tested Europe’s decades-old project of forging a...

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KING OF PRUSSIA
Written by TIM BLANNING

Format: Hardcover, 688 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06812-8

The definitive biography of the legendary autocrat whose enlightened rule transformed the map of Europe and changed the course of history

Few figures loom as large in European history as Frederick the Great. When he inherited the Prussian crown in 1740, he ruled over a kingdom of scattered territories, a minor Germanic backwater. By the end of his reign, the much larger and consolidated Prussia ranked among the continent’s great powers. In this magisterial biography, award-winning historian...

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THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA
Written by ERIK LARSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-40887-7

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had...

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HOW PORTUGAL FORGED THE FIRST GLOBAL EMPIRE
Written by ROGER CROWLEY

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 12/01/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99400-1

In Empires of the Sea and City of Fortune, New York Times bestselling author Roger Crowley established himself as our generation’s preeminent historian of the great European seafaring empires, and the go-to author for post-Crusade clashes of East and West. Now, in Conquerors, Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers—a tactical advantage no other...

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Written by MIRON BIALOSZEWSKI
Translator MADELINE G. LEVINE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17665-8

On August 1, 1944, Miron Białoszewski, later to gain renown as one of Poland’s most innovative poets, went out to run an errand for his mother and ran into history. With Soviet forces on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted against five years of Nazi occupation, an uprising that began in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it came to a tragic end. The Nazis suppressed the insurgents ruthlessly, reducing Warsaw to rubble while slaughtering some 200,000 people,...

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KRAUTROCK AND THE BIRTH OF A REVOLUTIONARY NEW MUSIC
Written by DAVID STUBBS

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $32.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19474-5

A sweeping history of the men and women who transformed postwar Germany—and created a musical genre that revolutionized rock and roll and gave birth to hip-hop.
 
West Germany after World War II was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this orphaned landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the strange and beautiful sounds that became known as Krautrock.
 
Eschewing the...

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A MEMOIR OF DUBLIN IN THE 1960S
Written by MARTHA LONG

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80598-2

The next installment of the Ma books—all bestsellers in Ireland and the UK—brings readers on the journey of Martha's first months of freedom in Dublin after leaving the convent where she spent her early adolescence. 

In the latest chapter of Martha Long's autobiographical series, Martha is for the first time on her own: discharged from the convent, she's finally 16, the age she'd long dreamed of as the doorway to her freedom from the whims of cruel adults. "Life is a bowl of cherries!" she...

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A STORY OF SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/17/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-09313-9

An expanded edition of the powerful memoir about two sisters' determination to survive during the Holocaust featuring new and never before revealed information about the first transport of women to Auschwitz

In March 1942, Rena Kornreich and 997 other young women were rounded up and forced onto the first Jewish transport of women to Auschwitz. Soon after, Rena was reunited with her sister Danka at the camp, beginning a story of love and courage that would last three years and forty-one...

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RETHINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Written by DOMENICO LOSURDO

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68616-4

War and Revolution identifies and takes to task a reactionary trend among contemporary historians, one that’s grown increasingly apparent in recent years. It’s a revisionist tendency discernible in the work of authors such as Ernst Nolte, who traces the impetus behind the Holocaust to the excesses of the Russian Revolution; or François Furet, who links the Stalinist purges to an “illness” originating with the French Revolution.

The intention of these revisionists is to eradicate the...

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF PIUS XI AND THE RISE OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
Written by DAVID I. KERTZER

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98367-8

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE (BIOGRAPHY)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role...

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RADICAL POLITICS AFTER YUGOSLAVIA

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68620-1

This volume offers a profound analysis of post-socialist economic and political transformation in the Balkans, involving deeply unequal societies and oligarchical “democracies.” The contributions deconstruct the persistent imaginary of the Balkans, pervasive among outsiders to the region, who see it as no more than a repository of ethnic conflict, corruption and violence. Providing a much needed critical examination of the Yugoslav socialist experience, the volume sheds light on the recent...

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Written by VICTOR SERGE
Translator RICHARD GREEMAN
Introduction by RICHARD GREEMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 12/16/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17770-9

In 1933, Victor Serge was arrested by Stalin’s police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for more than eighty days. Released, he spent two years in exile in remote Orenburg. These experiences were the inspiration for Midnight in the Century, Serge’s searching novel about revolutionaries living in the shadow of Stalin’s betrayal of the revolution. 

Among the exiles gathered in the town of Chenor, or Black-Waters, are the granite-faced Old Bolshevik Ryzhik, stoic yet gentle...

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