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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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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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THE WARRIOR QUEEN
Written by KIRSTIN DOWNEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74216-2

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Longlisted for the 2015 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
Kirkus Best Biography of 2014


An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a...

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF PIUS XI AND THE RISE OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
Written by DAVID I. KERTZER

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98367-8

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE (BIOGRAPHY)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role...

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SENECA AT THE COURT OF NERO
Written by JAMES ROMM

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74374-9

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale.

At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to twelve-year-old Nero, future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both, Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Roman empress,...

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THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
Written by BULENT ATALAY

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 07/29/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34493-9

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, illuminating Leonardo's life and work to uncover connections that, until now, have been known only to scholars.

Bülent Atalay, a distinguished scientist and artist, examines the science and...

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Written by DAN HANCOX

Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68298-2

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has a mortgage, sport is played in the Che Guevara stadium and there are monthly “Red Sundays” where everyone works together to clean up the neighborhood. In particular he tells the story of the village...

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POET, SEDUCER, AND PREACHER OF WAR
Written by LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27655-1

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Costa Biography Award

One of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2013
One of the Economist's Best Books of 2013

This fascinating life of Gabriele d’Annunzio—the charismatic poet, bon vivant, and virulent nationalist who prefigured Mussolini—traces the early twentieth century’s trajectory from Romantic idealism to Fascist thuggery.
 
D’Annunzio was Italy’s premier poet at a time when poetry could trigger riots. A brilliant...

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AN ADVENTURE IN THE VENETIAN COUNTRYSIDE
Written by ANDREA DI ROBILANT

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-96292-8

From the author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair, here is the charming chronicle of his search for the identity of a mysterious old rose. Andrea di Robilant’s tale takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, as well as into some of the most delightful rose gardens in Italy today, brought to colorful life on the page in the watercolors of artist Nina Fuga.
 
In his 2008 biography of the Venetian lady Lucia Mocenigo (his great-great-great-great- grandmother), di Robilant described a...

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A POLITICAL AWAKENING IN THE SHADOW OF MUSSOLINI
Written by LUCIANA CASTELLINA

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68286-9

Luciana Castellina is one of Italy’s most prominent left intellectuals and a cofounder of the newspaper il manifesto. In this coming-of age memoir, based on her diaries, she recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy—where she used to play tennis with Mussolini’s daughter—and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Discovery of the World is about war, anti-Semitism, anti-fascism, resistance, the belief in social justice, the craving for experience, travel, political...

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PEOPLE, PLACES, AND HIDDEN HISTORIES
Written by CORRADO AUGIAS
Translator ALTA L. PRICE

Format: Hardcover, 220 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris

On Sale: 04/01/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-84274-2

One of Italy's best-known writers takes a Grand Tour through her cities, history, and literature in search of the true character of this contradictory nation. There is Michelangelo, but also the mafia. Pavarotti, but also Berlusconi. The debonair Milanese, but also the infamous captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. This is Italy, admired and reviled, a country that has guarded her secrets and confounded outsiders. Now, when this "Italian paradox" is more evident than ever, cultural...

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THE CLASSIC ITALIAN MEMOIR OF WORLD WAR 1
Written by EMILIO LUSSU
Translator GREGORY CONTI

Format: Hardcover, 278 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-84278-0

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author’s experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu’s memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of the First World War. A classic in Italy but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, it reveals, in spare and detached prose, the almost farcical side of...

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