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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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AN EPIC STORY OF HEROISM, FRIENDSHIP, AND SACRIFICE
Written by ADAM MAKOS

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17658-3

For readers of Unbroken comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America’s “forgotten war” in Korea, by the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call.

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi,...

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HATSHEPSUT'S RISE TO POWER IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Written by KARA COONEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95677-4

Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king.  At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation...

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Written by DAVID BRION DAVIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38969-5

Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History Lifetime Achievement Award
Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

With this volume, Davis presents the age of emancipation as a model for reform and as probably the greatest landmark of willed moral progress in human history. Bringing to a close his staggeringly ambitious, prizewinning trilogy on slavery in Western...

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A GLOBAL HISTORY
Written by SVEN BECKERT

Format: Hardcover, 640 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-41414-5

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (History)


The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.
 
Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert’s rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen...

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HATSHEPSUT'S RISE TO POWER IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Written by KARA COONEY

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 10/14/2014

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95676-7

Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut out-maneuvered...

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LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY
Written by KATHERINE BOO

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97932-9

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Bowling Green State University
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern University
Skidmore College
University of Delaware
Montgomery Bell Academy
Sacred Heart University
University...

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ANARCHISTS AND THE ANTI-COLONIAL IMAGINATION
Written by BENEDICT ANDERSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68144-2

The exchange of ideas makes history as surely as the exchange of gunfire. The Age of Globalization (previously published as Under Three Flags) is an account of the unlikely connections that made up late nineteenth-century politics and culture. In particular, Benedict Anderson examines the links between militant anarchists in Europe and the Americas and the anti-imperialist uprisings in Cuba, China, and Japan. Told through the complex intellectual interactions of two great Filipino...

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FEARLESS SPEECH IN FATEFUL TIMES; THE TOP CENSORED STORIES AND MEDIA ANALYSIS OF 2012-13

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80494-7

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. 

Beyond the Top-25 stories,...

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OR, HOW I SAVED THE WORLD
Written by WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 07/30/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19198-0

A personal account of the origins of America's longest war, never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary at an insurance company, until he’d saved up enough money to go to Afghanistan, where he wanted to join the mujahedeen to fight the Soviets. The resulting book wasn’t published until 1992, and Library Journal rated it: “The wrong book written at the wrong tim…With the situation in...

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THE TRUE STORY OF THE D-DAY SPIES
Written by BEN MACINTYRE

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 05/14/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-88877-8

On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy.

Double Cross is the...

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