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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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MEMORIES OF A NATION
Written by NEIL MACGREGOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/14/2017

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91152-5

For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people understand themselves?
 
Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, overarching narrative of Germany’s history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. German history may be inherently fragmented, but it...

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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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Written by HANS HOLBEIN
Commentaries by ULINKA RUBLACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 01/03/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39682-8

An invaluable new reproduction of Holbein’s woodcuts of The Dance of Death
 
One of Hans Holbein’s first great triumphs, The Dance of Death is an incomparable sequence of tiny woodcuts showing the folly of human greed and pride. Each image is packed with drama, wit, and horror, as a skeleton mocks and terrifies everyone from the emperor to a ploughman. Taking full advantage of the new literary culture of the early sixteenth century, The Dance of Death took an old medieval theme and made it...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80629-1

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
New York Times Best Book of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
Winner of The Royal Geographical Society Ness Award 
Winner of Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize
Winner of the James Wright Award for Nature Writing
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science & Technology

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the...

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LIFE AND DEATH IN HITLER'S CONCENTRATION CAMP FOR WOMEN
Written by SARAH HELM

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27871-5

Months before the outbreak of World War II, Heinrich Himmler—prime architect of the Holocaust—designed a special concentration camp for women, located fifty miles north of Berlin. Only a small number of the prisoners were Jewish. Ravensbrück was primarily a place for the Nazis to hold other inferior beings: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Resistance fighters, lesbians, prostitutes, and aristocrats—even the sister of New York’s Mayor LaGuardia. Over six years the prisoners endured forced labor, torture,...

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BRECHT, WEILL, THREE WOMEN, AND GERMANY ON THE BRINK
Written by PAMELA KATZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74416-6

This fascinating portrait of two of the most brilliant theater artists of the twentieth century—and the women who made their work possible—is set against the explosive years of the Weimar Republic.

Among the most outsized personalities of the sizzling, decadent period between the Great War and the Nazis’ rise to power were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. These two young geniuses and the three women vital to their work—actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene...

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THE QUEST FOR JUSTICE
Written by TIMOTHY W. RYBACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17200-4

The remarkable story of Josef Hartinger, the German prosecutor who risked everything to bring to justice the first killers of the Holocaust and whose efforts would play a key role in the Nuremberg tribunal.

At 9 am on April 13, 1933, deputy prosecutor Josef Hartinger received a telephone call summoning him to the newly established concentration camp of Dachau. Four prisoners had been shot. The SS guards claimed that the men had been trying to escape. But what Hartinger found when he arrived...

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MEMORIES OF A NATION
Written by NEIL MACGREGOR

Format: Hardcover, 656 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/29/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87566-7

For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people understand themselves?

Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, overarching narrative of Germany's history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. Its frontiers have constantly shifted. Königsberg,...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35066-2

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
A New York Times Best Book of 2015
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age....

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A NOVEL
Written by H. G. ADLER
Translator PETER FILKINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98315-9

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Compared by critics to Kafka, Joyce, and Musil, H. G. Adler is becoming recognized as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century fiction. Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti wrote that “Adler has restored hope to modern literature,” and the first two novels rediscovered after his death, Panorama and The Journey, were acclaimed as “modernist masterpieces” by The New Yorker. Now his magnum opus, The Wall, the final installment of...

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THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
Written by TIMOTHY SNYDER

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90345-2

    In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first.  Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying. 
      The Holocaust began in a...

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