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

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/15/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87524-7

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

The remarkable untold story of how the American Revolution's success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain, and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in their fight against England.

   
In this groundbreaking, revisionist history, Larrie Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the colonists...

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WITNESSING WATERLOO
Written by DAVID CRANE

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74189-9

In these pages, acclaimed historian David Crane gives us an astonishing, intimate snapshot of the people and places surrounding the battle that changed the course of world history. Switching perspectives between Britain and Belgium, prison and palace, poet and pauper, husband and wife, Went the Day Well? offers a highly original view of Waterloo, showing how the battle was not only a military landmark, but also a cultural watershed that drew the line between the rural, reactionary age of the...

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Written by EDMUND BURKE
Introduction by JESSE NORMAN

Format: Hardcover, 1160 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71253-1

The most important works of Edmund Burke, the greatest political thinker of the past three centuries, are gathered here in one comprehensive volume. Accompanying his influential masterpiece, Reflections on the Revolution in France, is a selection of pamphlets, speeches, public letters, private correspondence and, for the first time, two important and previously uncollected early essays.  

Philosopher, statesman, and founder of conservatism, Burke was a dazzling orator and a visionary theorist...

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A LIFE TRANSFIGURED
Written by KATHRYN HARRISON

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-767-93249-3

Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan of Arc for our time—a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage, and self-confidence on the battlefield, in the royal court, during a brutally rigged inquisition and imprisonment, and in the face of her death. In this new take on Joan’s story, Harrison deftly weaves historical fact, myth, folklore, scripture, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a fascinating narrative, revitalizing our sense...

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LAFAYETTE RECONSIDERED
Written by LAURA AURICCHIO

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38745-5

Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award

The Marquis de Lafayette at age nineteen volunteered to fight under George Washington and became the French hero of the American Revolution. In this major biography Laura Auricchio looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes who cast aside family and fortune to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and fully reveals a man driven by dreams of glory only to be felled by tragic, human weaknesses. 

Drawing on...

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A MEMOIR
Written by LEON WERTH
Translator AUSTIN D. JOHNSTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/12/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19425-7

A rare eyewitness account by an important author of fleeing the Nazis’ march on Paris in 1940, featuring a never-before-published introduction by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
 
In June of 1940, Leon Werth and his wife fled Paris before the advancing Nazis Army. 33 Days is his eyewitness account of that experience, one of the largest civilian dispacements in history.

Encouraged to write 33 Days by his dear friend, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, Werth finished the...

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Written by SIMON LEYS
Translator PATRICIA CLANCY, SIMON LEYS

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 05/05/2015

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17842-3

As he bore a vague resemblance to the Emperor, the  sailors on board the Hermann-Augustus Stoeffer had nicknamed him Napoleon. And so, for convenience, that is what we shall call him.
     Besides, he was Napoleon. . . .

Napoleon has escaped from St. Helena, leaving a double behind him. Now disguised as the cabin hand Eugène Lenormand and enduring the mockery of the crew (Na­po­leon, they laughingly nickname the pudgy, hopelessly clumsy little man), he is on his way back to Europe, ready to...

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A TRUE STORY OF MURDER IN BELLE ÉPOQUE PARIS
Written by STEVEN LEVINGSTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/17/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95030-7

In 1889, the gruesome murder of a lascivious court official at the hands of a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress launched the trial of the century. When Toussaint-Augustin Gouffé entered 3, rue Tronson du Coudray, expecting a delightful assignation with the comely Gabrielle Bompard, he was instead murdered by Gabrielle and her lover, Michel Eyraud. An international manhunt chased the infamous couple from Paris to America’s West Coast, culminating in a sensational trial that...

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FRANCE, 1914-1940
Written by FREDERICK BROWN

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74236-0

Spanning the turbulent decades between the World Wars, The Embrace of Unreason casts new light on the darkest years in modern French history. It is a fascinating reconsideration of the political, social, and religious movements that led to France’s move away from the humanistic traditions and rationalistic ideals of the Enlightenment and towards submission to authority—and the dramatic rise of Fascism and anti-Semitism. Drawing on newspaper articles, journals, and literary works of the time,...

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BETSY BONAPARTE, THE BELLE OF BALTIMORE WHO MARRIED NAPOLEON'S BROTHER
Written by CAROL BERKIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47625-8

From the award-winning historian and author of Revolutionary Mothers, here is the remarkable life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, renowned as the most beautiful woman of nineteenth-century Baltimore, whose marriage in 1803 to Jérôme Bonaparte, the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, became inextricably bound to the diplomatic and political histories of the United States, France, and England.

In Wondrous Beauty, Carol Berkin tells the story of this audacious, outsized life. We see how...

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LAFAYETTE RECONSIDERED
Written by LAURA AURICCHIO

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/14/2014

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26755-9

A major biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, who, at age nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington; a biography that looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes who cast aside family and fortune to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and justice commemorated in America’s towns, streets, parks, and schools named after the French nobleman. Laura Auricchio gives us a rich portrait of the man, fully revealed,...

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Written by ERIC HAZAN
Translator DAVID FERNBACH

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 09/16/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68589-1

The assault on the Bastille, the Reign of Terror, Danton mocking his executioner, Robespierre dispensing a fearful justice, and the archetypal gadfly Marat – the events and figures of the French Revolution have exercised a hold on the historical imagination for more than 200 years. It has been a template for heroic insurrection and, to more conservative minds, a cautionary tale.

In the hands of Eric Hazan, author of The Invention of Paris, the revolution becomes a rational and pure struggle...

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