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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

Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History

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...

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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 ROBERT TOMBS

Format: Hardcover, 1040 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $45.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87476-9

A Book of the Year: The Daily TelegraphThe Times Literary SupplementThe SpectatorThe Economist

A comprehensive, eminently accessible history of England and its people—a masterwork of narrative nonfiction written with an eye for detail equal in ambition and achievement to its unprecedented scale and scope.

Here, in a single volume, spanning 700,000 years, is a fresh, uniquely inclusive account of England, "first as an idea, and then as a kingdom, as a country, a people, and a culture."...

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HOW BRITAIN CAME TO FIGHT AMERICA
Written by NICK BUNKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74177-6

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the George Washington Book Prize
Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award

Written from a strikingly fresh perspective, this new account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution shows how a lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics led to a war that few people welcomed but nobody could prevent.  

“A great Empire, like a great Cake, is most easily diminished at the edges,” observed Benjamin Franklin, shortly...

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VOLUME I: FROM GRANTHAM TO THE FALKLANDS
Written by CHARLES MOORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 928 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/28/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87383-0

With unequaled authority and dramatic detail, the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher reveals as never before the early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister of the woman who transformed Britain and the world in the late twentieth century. Moore has had unique access to all of Thatcher’s private and governmental papers, and interviewed her and her family extensively for this book. Many of her former colleagues and intimates have also...

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THE INSPIRING STORY OF AN UNLIKELY HERO AND THE ANIMALS WHO HELPED HIM SAVELIVES IN WORLD WAR II
Written by VICKI CROKE

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98165-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill

 
Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence, character, and even humor of the great animals who hauled...

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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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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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THE RISE AND FALL OF CREATIVE BRITAIN
Written by ROBERT HEWISON

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68591-4

Britain began the twenty-first century convinced of its creativity. Throughout the New Labour era, the visual and performing arts, museums and galleries, were ceaselessly promoted as a stimulus to national economic revival, a post-industrial revolution where spending on culture would solve everything, from national decline to crime. Tony Blair heralded it a “golden age.” Yet despite huge investment, the audience for the arts remained a privileged minority. So what went wrong?

In Cultural...

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THE POLITICS OF PASSION
Written by ANNE SOMERSET

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17160-1

Winner of the 2013 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography

Five years after ascending the throne in 1702, Queen Anne united England and Scotland and became the first queen of modern Great Britain. By the end of her reign, Britain had emerged as a major power; the victories won by her general, the Duke of Marlborough, had humbled France and laid the foundations for naval and colonial supremacy. But while the Queen’s military was performing dazzling exploits, her own attention...

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A STUDY IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLASSES IN VICTORIAN SOCIETY

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/19/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68012-4

At the time the largest city in the world, Victorian London intrigued and appalled politicians, clergymen, novelists and social investigators. Dickens, Mayhew, Booth, Gissing and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few, developed a morbid fascination with its sullied streets and the sensational gulf between London classes. Outcast London  explores the London economy, in particular its vast numbers of casual and irregular day labourers and the artisans and seamstresses engaged in seasonal and...

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THE TRUTH BEHIND BRITAIN'S RUSH TO WAR, 1914
Written by DOUGLAS NEWTON

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/12/2014

Price: $34.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68350-7

Through a forensic study of the personal papers of many of the key figures on both sides of the debate, historian Douglas Newton pieces together what really went on in the frenetic weeks between the assassination in Sarajevo and the declaration of war on August 4, 1914.

Many recently published histories of Britain's Great War embrace the war as a good war—irresistible, righteous, and popular. It has become almost heretical to offer criticism of Britain's intervention. This book presents a new...

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