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A HISTORY IN IDEAS
Written by DAVID ARMITAGE

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/07/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27113-6

A highly original history, tracing the least understood and most intractable form of organized human aggression from Ancient Rome through the centuries to the present day. 

We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn't, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely political, for ideas about what makes a war "civil" often depend on whether...

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AN ILLUSTRATED ATLAS

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 11/20/2012

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-20829-4

Experience what life was like when pharaohs erected the majestic pyramids; when Hannibal commanded Carthage’s 40,000 troops; when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor; and when the drive to conquer defined the destiny of leaders and the lives of ordinary people. Much of human history is destined to be forgotten--but thousands of years have not erased the epic stories of the great empires of the world. Great Empires sweeps through the ages, uncovering the secrets of dynasties from the...

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THE SURPRISINGLY SHORT HISTORY OF HETEROSEXUALITY
Written by HANNE BLANK

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 08/28/2012

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-04459-9

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, “heterosexual” had become a byword for “normal,” enshrined in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a...

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LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER'S BERLIN
Written by ERIK LARSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 05/01/2012

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-40885-3

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book


“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that...

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AMERICAN LOYALISTS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WORLD
Written by MAYA JASANOFF

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/06/2012

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07547-8

Winner of the George Washington Book Prize 
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Finalist for the Cundill Prize in History
Finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond.

At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire....

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UNVEILING THE MYTHS THAT FUEL MUSLIM ANTI-SEMITISM
Written by TAREK FATAH

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Signal

On Sale: 12/06/2011

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-771-04784-8

A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today.

More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the world is no closer to solving, let alone understanding, the psychological and political divide between Jews and Muslims. While countless books have been written on the...

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Written by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Edited by TIM COOKE

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 11/15/2011

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-20698-6

The Concise History of World Religions continues the Concise History series with an authoritative and comprehensive take on major religions and lesser-known faiths of all times and nations. No other text combines the illustrations expertise of National Geographic with the historical focus on faiths–large and small–across the world. Up-to-date scholarship offers a unique global perspective on the history of faith in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East. This...

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A TRUE STORY OF DREAMERS, SCHEMERS, ANARCHISTS, AND SECRET AGENTS
Written by ALEX BUTTERWORTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/09/2011

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38675-5

A thrilling history of the rise of anarchism, told through the stories of a number of prominent revolutionaries and the agents of the secret police who pursued them.

In the late nineteenth century, nations the world over were mired in economic recession and beset by social unrest, their leaders increasingly threatened by acts of terrorism and assassination from anarchist extremists. In this riveting history of that tumultuous period, Alex Butterworth follows the rise of these revolutionaries...

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HOW PORNOGRAPHY HAS POWERED MASS COMMUNICATION, FROM GUTENBERG TO GOOGLE
Written by PATCHEN BARSS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor Canada

On Sale: 06/21/2011

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-66737-1

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel those developments in ways that are rarely acknowledged. Without pornography, the internet would not have grown so quickly. The e-commerce payment systems that are now commonplace would...

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Written by EZEQUIEL ADAMOVSKY
Illustrated by UNITED ILLUSTRATORS
Translator MARIE TRIGONA

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 05/03/2011

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80087-1

In Anti-Capitalism, activist and scholar Ezequiel Adamovsky tells the story of the long-standing effort to build a better world, one without an abusive system at its heart. Backed up by arresting, lucid images from the radical artist group United Illustrators, Adamovsky details the struggle against rising corporate power, as that struggle unfolds in the halls of academia, in the pages of radical newspapers, and in the jungles and the streets. From Marx through the Battle of Seattle and...

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FROM SAME SEX UNIONS TO PRIVATE VOWS AND COMMON LAW, THE SURPRISING DIVERSITY OF A TRADITION
Written by ELIZABETH ABBOTT

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 04/05/2011

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80088-8

What does the “tradition of marriage” really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance or social obligation? Eternal bliss or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and child brides. Marriage–in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations–is revealed here...

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FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE MODERN ERA
Edited by PATRICIA DANIELS
Foreword by JAMES RESTON

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 10/19/2010

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-20652-8

History comes alive in this engaging and lavishly illustrated chronicle, which spans world events and people from ancient times to the 21st century. The voices of the great and humble speak to us through songs, documents, edicts, poetry, letters, menus, and even graffiti, revealing each era’s conflicts, daily life, arts, science, religion, and enduring influence. Interactive design focuses on the tangible artifacts of history, and magnificent illustrations–including period art, archival...

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