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1613-1918

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/16/2017

Price: $21.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-28051-0

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?
 
This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless...

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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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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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TWO COLD WARS AND A THIRTY-YEAR JOURNEY THROUGH ROMANIA AND BEYOND
Written by ROBERT D. KAPLAN

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99681-4

From the New York Times bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a riveting journey through one of Europe’s frontier countries—and a potent examination of the forces that will determine Europe’s fate in the postmodern age.

Robert Kaplan first visited Romania in the 1970s, when he was a young journalist and the country was a bleak Communist backwater. It was one of the darkest corners of Europe, but few Westerners...

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Written by ALEKSANDAR TISMA
Introduction by CHARLES SIMIC
Translator MICHAEL HEIM

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17920-8

The Book of Blam, Aleksandar Tišma’s “extended kaddish . . . [his] masterpiece” (Kirkus Reviews), is a modern-day retelling of the book of Job. The war is over. Miroslav Blam walks along the former Jew Street, and he remembers. He remembers Aaron Grün, the hunchbacked watchmaker; and Eduard Fiker, a lamp merchant; and Jakob Mentele, a stove fitter; and Arthur Spitzer, a grocer, who played amateur soccer and had non-Jewish friends; and Sándor Vértes, a lawyer who was a Communist. All dead. As...

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STEFAN ZWEIG, JOSEPH ROTH, AND THE SUMMER BEFORE THE DARK
Written by VOLKER WEIDERMANN
Translator CAROL JANEWAY

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87026-6

It’s the summer of 1936, and the writer Stefan Zweig is in crisis. His German publisher no longer wants him, his marriage is collapsing, and his house in Austria—searched by the police two years earlier—no longer feels like home. He’s been dreaming of Ostend, the Belgian beach town that is a paradise of promenades, parasols, and old friends. So he journeys there with his lover, Lotte Altmann, and reunites with fellow writer and semi-estranged close friend Joseph Roth, who is himself about to...

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THE TRUE STORY OF A CONVENT IN SCANDAL
Written by HUBERT WOLF
Translator RUTH MARTIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-16980-6

In 1858, a German princess, recently inducted into the convent of Sant’Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a frantic letter to her cousin, a confidant of the Pope, claiming that she feared for her life. A subsequent investigation by the Church’s Inquisition uncovered the shocking secrets of a convent ruled by a beautiful young mistress, who coerced her novices into lesbian initiation rites and heresies, and who entered into an illicit relationship with a young theologian. Drawing upon written testimony...

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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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THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD
Written by VICTOR SEBESTYEN

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87042-6

From the author of Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire comes a powerful, revelatory book about the year that would signal the beginning of the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, and the beginning of the rivalry between the United States and the USSR. Victor Sebestyen reveals the events of 1946 by chronologically framing what was taking place in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with seminal decisions made by heads...

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THE DESTRUCTION OF LISBON, OR APOCALYPSE IN THE AGE OF SCIENCE AND REASON
Written by MARK MOLESKY

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26762-7

The captivating and definitive account of the most consequential natural disaster of modern times.

On All Saints’ Day 1755, tremors from an earthquake measuring perhaps 9.0 (or higher) on the moment magnitude scale swept furiously from their origin along the Atlantic seabed toward the Iberian and African coasts. Directly in their path was Lisbon, then one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the capital of a vast global empire. Within minutes, much of the city lay in ruins. 

But this was...

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SEX, GREED, VIOLENCE AND DEPRAVITY IN AN AGE OF BEAUTY
Written by ALEXANDER LEE

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80292-7

Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year

The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched tour of the sordid, gritty reality behind some of the most celebrated artworks and cultural innovations of all time.

Tourists today flock to Italy by the millions to admire the stunning achievements of the Renaissance—paintings, statues, and buildings that are the legacy of one of the greatest periods of cultural rebirth and artistic beauty the world has ever seen. But beneath the elegant surface...

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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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