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THE STORY OF THE MOST PROVOCATIVE COMPOSER WHO EVER LIVED
Written by SIMON CALLOW

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/06/2018

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-525-43618-8

Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy--a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.

Richard Wagner's music dramas have never been more popular or more divisive. His ten masterpieces, created against the backdrop of a continent in severe political and cultural upheaval, constitute an unmatched body of work. A man who...

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THE COMPLETE WORKS: GALLIC WAR, CIVIL WAR, ALEXANDRIAN WAR, AFRICAN WAR, AND SPANISH WAR
Series Editor ROBERT B. STRASSLER
Edited by KURT A. RAAFLAUB

Format: Hardcover, 896 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 12/05/2017

Price: $50.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-37786-9

The Landmark Julius Caesar is the definitive edition of the five works that chronicle the mil­itary campaigns of Julius Caesar. Together, these five narratives present a comprehensive picture of military and political developments leading to the collapse of the Roman republic and the advent of the Roman Empire.
 
The Gallic War is Caesar’s own account of his two invasions of Britain and of conquering most of what is today France, Belgium, and Switzerland. The Civil War describes the conflict...

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THE MAN, THE DICTATOR, AND THE MASTER OF TERROR
Written by VICTOR SEBESTYEN

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/07/2017

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87163-8

Victor Sebestyen's riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin—the first major biography in English in nearly two decades—is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man.

Brought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing, chess, and the English classics, Lenin was radicalized after the execution of his brother in 1887. Sebestyen traces the story from Lenin's early years...

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ASCENT, 1889-1939
Written by VOLKER ULLRICH

Format: Trade Paperback, 1040 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/24/2017

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87205-5

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

New York Times bestseller, this major new biography of Hitler puts an emphasis on the man himself: his personality, his temperament, and his beliefs.
 

Volker Ullrich's Hitler, the first in a two-volume biography, has changed the way scholars and laypeople alike understand the man who has become the personification of evil. Drawing on previously unseen papers and new scholarly research, Ullrich charts Hitler's life from his childhood...

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AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE AND THE MEN OF FRANCE AND SPAIN WHO SAVED IT
Written by LARRIE D. FERREIRO

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/03/2017

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91030-6

Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution 2016 Book of the Year Award


At the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the American colonists had little chance, if any, of militarily defeating the British. The nascent American nation had no navy, little in the way of artillery, and a militia bereft even of gunpowder. In his detailed accounts Larrie Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and...

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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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