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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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THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD
Written by VICTOR SEBESTYEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/29/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91028-3

Nineteen forty-six is 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 year’s events by chronologically framing what was taking place in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with seminal decisions made by heads of state that would profoundly change the old order forever. The map of Eastern Europe would be redrawn, Chinese communists would gain decisive...

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FIFTEEN HUNDRED YEARS OF SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTERS
Edited by SCOTT G. BRUCE

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10768-2

The walking dead from 15 centuries haunt this compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls.
 
Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us. Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal letters. The Penguin...

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ON THE CREATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA'S CELEBRATED ELEVENTH EDITION,1910-1911
Written by DENIS BOYLES

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26917-1

The publication of the Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica in 1911 marked the last stand of the Enlightenment and a turbulent end to an era. The Eleventh Edition summed up the high point of optimism and belief in human progress that dominated Anglo-Saxon thought from the time of the Enlightenment.

Eagerly embraced by hundreds of thousands of middle-class Americans, the Eleventh Edition was read as a twenty-nine-volume anthology of some of the best essays written in English. Among...

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A TRUE STORY
Written by JOHNNY DWYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47499-5

At fifteen, Chucky Taylor was an average American teenager, growing up in the suburbs outside Orlando. Then he got a phone call from his father, a man who would become the infamous president dictator of Liberia, and later be convicted of crimes against humanity.
 
Arriving in West Africa and reunited with his father, Chucky soon found himself leading a murderous militia group tasked with carrying out the president’s vendettas. Young and drunk on power, and with no real training beyond watching...

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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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A GLOBAL HISTORY
Written by SVEN BECKERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71396-5

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award
Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature and Recipient of the Cundill “Recognition of Excellence” prize

A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2015

The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of...

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Written by HéLèNE DELALEX

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Flammarion

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $34.95

ISBN: 978-2-080-20210-9

Featuring personal correspondence, lavish illustrations, and a wealth of unpublished material, this handsome slipcased volume reveals an intimate portrait of Marie Antoinette, her personal collections, and Versailles. Marie Antoinette was a mirror of her time. Never has a queen been so passionately admired and adulated, then hunted, vilified, and defamed. Spanning her tragically brief yet passionate life—from the young queen playing a shepherdess on stage, unaware of the turmoil in the...

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AN EPIC STORY OF HEROISM, FRIENDSHIP, AND SACRIFICE
Written by ADAM MAKOS

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17658-3

For readers of Unbroken comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America’s “forgotten war” in Korea, by the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call.

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi,...

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A MARITIME HISTORY OF THE WORLD
Written by LINCOLN PAINE

Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97035-5

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of the sea—revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. The Sea and Civilization is a mesmerizing, rhapsodic narrative of maritime enterprise, from the origins of long-distance migration...

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HATSHEPSUT'S RISE TO POWER IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Written by KARA COONEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95677-4

Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king.  At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation...

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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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