• & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - an Illustrated Chronology
    & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - an Illustrated Chronology
    ISBN: 9780062427007
    Title: & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - an Illustrated Chronology
    Author: GATES HENRY L. & BURKE KEVIN M

    The companion book to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. s PBS series, And Still I Rise a timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos.

    Beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X in February 1965, And Still I Rise: From Black Power to the White House explores the last half-century of the African American experience. More than fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the birth of Black Power, the United States has both a black president and black CEOs running Fortune 500 companies and a large black underclass beset by persistent poverty, inadequate education, and an epidemic of incarceration. Harvard professor and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. raises disturbing and vital questions about this dichotomy. How did the African American community end up encompassing such profound contradictions? And what will the black community mean tomorrow?

    Gates takes readers through the major historical events and untold stories of the sixty years that have irrevocably shaped both the African American experience and the nation as a whole, from the explosive social and political changes of the 1960s, into the 1970s and 1980s eras characterized by both prosperity and neglect through the turn of the century to today, taking measure of such racial flashpoints as the Tawana Brawley case, OJ Simpson s murder trial, the murders of Amadou Diallo and Trayvon Martin, and debates around the NYPD s stop and frisk policies. Even as it surveys the political and social evolution of black America, And Still I Rise is also a celebration of the accomplishments of black artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and thinkers who have helped to define American popular culture and to change our world."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00

    $65.00
  • 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
    1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
    ISBN: 9780691168388
    Title: 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
    Author: CLINE ERIC H

    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age--and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • 1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology & Life on Earth
    1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology & Life on Earth
    ISBN: 9781847082459
    Title: 1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology & Life on Earth
    Author: MANN CHARLES C

    This is an account of history's biggest ecological invasion, when Europe and the Americas collided for the first time in millennia. The book explores how many historians believe that this collision of ecosystems and cultures - the Columbian Exchange - was the most consequential event in human history since the Neolithic Revolution.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    ISBN: 9781473623545
    Title: 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA


    1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions.


    Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters.


    While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton s discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city.


    With flair and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history.

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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 1917: War, Peace, & Revolution
    1917: War, Peace, & Revolution
    ISBN: 9780198702399
    Title: 1917: War, Peace, & Revolution
    Author: STEVENSON DAVID

    1917 was a year of calamitous events, and one of pivotal importance in the development of the First World War. In 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution, leading historian of World War One, David Stevenson, examines this crucial year in context and illuminates the century that followed. He shows how in this one year the war was transformed, but also what drove the conflict onwards and how it continued to escalate.

    Two developments in particular--the Russian Revolution and American intervention--had worldwide repercussions. Offering a close examination of the key decisions, Stevenson considers Germany's campaign of 'unrestricted' submarine warfare, America's declaration of war in response, and Britain's frustration of German strategy by adopting the convoy system, as well as why (paradoxically) the military and political stalemate in Europe persisted.

    Focusing on the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, on the disastrous spring offensive that plunged the French army into mutiny, on the summer attacks that undermined the moderate Provisional Government in Russia and exposed Italy to national humiliation at Caporetto, and on the British decision for the ill-fated Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), 1917 offers a truly international understanding of events. The failed attempts to end the war by negotiation further clarify the underlying forces that kept it going.

    David Stevenson also analyses the global consequences of the year's developments, showing how countries such as Brazil and China joined the belligerents, Britain offered 'responsible government' to India, and the Allies promised a Jewish national home in Palestine. Blending political and military history, and moving from capital to capital and between the cabinet chamber and the battle front, the book highlights the often tumultuous debates through which leaders entered and escalated the war, and the paradox that continued fighting could be justified as the shortest road towards regaining peace.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00

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  • 1947: When Now Begins
    1947: When Now Begins
    ISBN: 9781911617099
    Title: 1947: When Now Begins
    Author: ASBRINK ELISABETH & GRAHAM FIONA (TRANS)

    Somewhere on the timeline, the war ends, while somewhere else, a new age begins - the one we call now. The shift does not happen overnight, from one day to the next; instead, the world vibrates for a number of years. People try to find their way to homes that are no longer there.

    People run from their deeds, and most of them get away. Among the millions in flight across Europe looking for a new home in 1947 are Asbrink's parents. In 1947, production begins of the Kalashnikov, Christian Dior creates the New Look, Simone de Beauvoir writes The Second Sex, the first computer bug is discovered, the CIA is set up, Hassan Al-Banna draws up the plan that remains the goal of jihadists to this day, and a UN committee is given four months to find a solution to the problem of Palestine.

    In 1947 Elisabeth Asbrink chronicles the creation of the world we now inhabit, as the forces that will go on to govern all our lives during the next 70 years first make themselves known.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 30 Second Ancient China
    30 Second Ancient China
    ISBN: 9781782409700
    Title: 30 Second Ancient China
    Author: ZHUANG YIJIE

    In the West, the story of Ancient China is less familiar to us than that of Ancient Egypt or Rome, but it is no less absorbing, and its rollcall of achievements is easily as impressive. 30-Second Ancient China unlocks the secrets of its Bronze Age glories and offers summaries of everything from the lost cities of the Zhou kings to the birth of Confucianism - the perfect introduction to one of the great ancient civilisations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 30 Second Ancient Egypt
    30 Second Ancient Egypt
    ISBN: 9781782409717
    Title: 30 Second Ancient Egypt
    Author: DER MANUELIAN PETER

    Why was the Nile integral to the unification of Egypt? What is the mystery surrounding Queen Hetepheres' tomb? What did the Armana Letters reveal? What did the ancient Egyptians eat and drink? 30-Second Ancient Egypt presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliant and beguiling civilizations, where technological innovations and architectural wonders emerge among mysterious gods and burial rites. Each entry is summarized in just 30 seconds-using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and a single picture. From royal dynasties and Tutankhamun's tomb, to hieroglyphs and mummification, interspersed with biographies of Egypt's most intriguing rulers, this is the quickest path to understanding the 50 key ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the world's great civilizations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 30 Second Ancient Rome
    30 Second Ancient Rome
    ISBN: 9781782409762
    Title: 30 Second Ancient Rome
    Author: NICHOLLS MATTHEW

    30-Second Ancient Rome presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliantly governed societies, where military might and expansive empire paved the way for technological advances that helped shape our modern existence. From aqueducts to sewers, from mosaics to medical diagnoses, this is the straightest road towards understanding the 50 key innovations and ideas that developed and defined one of the world's greatest civilisations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 50 Leaders Who Changed History
    50 Leaders Who Changed History
    ISBN: 9781743366042
    Title: 50 Leaders Who Changed History
    Author: PHILLIPS CHARLES

    The greatest leaders in politics, religion, business, art and sciences.
    What qualities enabled George Washington-celebrated as the 'father of his country'-to lead a sometimes ramshackle army to victory in the American Revolutionary War and then serve with distinction as the first US President in 1789-97? How did Winston Churchill succeed in inspiring the British people in the darkest days of World War II, when the struggle against the power of Nazi Germany might have seemed hopeless? What made Queen Elizabeth I-hailed as 'Gloriana' by her people-such a triumphantly successful leader, who oversaw the defeat of the mighty Spanish Armada and the flowering of literary geniuses such as William Shakespeare?

    In the modern era, natural authority and honed leadership skills drove Martin Luther King Jr, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, and Nelson Mandela to make history. The sports teams of British soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson, baseball coach John McGraw, and Vince Lombardi in American Football, galvanized by brilliant leadership, played on to unprecedented success. While creative powerhouses such as William Morris and Pablo Picasso harnessed their huge talents to change the way people saw the world.

    Have the qualities needed by great leaders changed across centuries? How have the image of the leader and the concept of leadership evolved? This gripping book combines the stories of great leaders' achievements with insightful analysis of what inspired them to lead, and how they pursued and found success. Categorized into stories of 8 religious figureheads, 9 cultural visionaries, 15 military geniuses and 18 political leaders and social visionaries, here is history at its most powerful- and most relevant.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 50 Strategies that Changed History
    50 Strategies that Changed History
    ISBN: 9781743366035
    Title: 50 Strategies that Changed History
    Author: SMITH DANIEL

    The greatest strategies ever developed for war, business, and politics.
    How did David, the future king of Israel, plot his assault against the seemingly invincible Philistine warrior Goliath? What strategic thinking lay behind the military triumphs of Alexander the Great or Napoleon Bonaparte? When revolutionaries organized to bring about the downfall of the autocratic Russian tsar, what keen intelligence laid the groundwork for their achievement? Study the social media, as well as political, strategy that lay behind Barack Obama's historic election as US President in 2008-and his re-election four years later. Investigate the bold moves, the cunning, and the hard-hitting plans of action that brought triumph to economic giants such as Henry Ford or Bill Gates. Consider how the great strategists of each age learnt from their forerunners as this most practically focused field of thought developed and changed.

    In this thoroughly researched, superbly illustrated, and expertly written book the history of strategic thought comes vividly and immediately to life through stories of 19 military, 14 political, and 17 business geniuses, exploring how strategy has changed our world for better and for worse, and influenced every part of our daily lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788
    Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788
    ISBN: 9781760528218
    Title: Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788
    Author: BROOME RICHARD

    In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society. Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying over two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology, and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern Australia. Broome's Aboriginal Australians has long been regarded as the most authoritative account of black-white relations in Australia. This fifth edition continues the story, covering the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention, the mining boom in remote Australia, the Uluru Statement, the resurgence of interest in traditional Aboriginal knowledge and culture, and the new generation of Aboriginal leaders.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • About Stains or the Image As Residue
    About Stains or the Image As Residue
    ISBN: 9789042935419
    Title: About Stains or the Image As Residue
    Author: BAERT B


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $108.00
    $108.00
  • Accursed Tower: The Crusaders` Last Battle for the Holy Land
    Accursed Tower: The Crusaders` Last Battle for the Holy Land
    ISBN: 9780300230314
    Title: Accursed Tower: The Crusaders` Last Battle for the Holy Land
    Author: CROWLEY ROGER

    The city of Acre, powerfully fortified and richly provisioned, was the last crusader stronghold. When it fell in 1291, two hundred years of Christian crusading in the Holy Land came to a bloody end. With his customary narrative brilliance and immediacy, Roger Crowley chronicles the tumultuous and violent attack on Acre, the heaviest bombardment before the age of gunpowder, which left this once great Mediterranean city a crumbling ruin.

    The 'Accursed Tower' was the focal point of this siege. As the last garrison of the Crusader defences, it came to symbolise the disintegration of the old world and the rise of a new era of Islamic jihad. Crowley's narrative is based on forensic research, drawing heavily on little known first hand sources, both Christian and Arabic.

    This is a fast-paced and gripping account of a pivotal moment in world history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Aelfred's Britain: War & Peace in the Viking Age
    Aelfred's Britain: War & Peace in the Viking Age
    ISBN: 9781784080310
    Title: Aelfred's Britain: War & Peace in the Viking Age
    Author: ADAMS MAX


    In 865, a great Viking army landed in East Anglia, precipitating a series of wars that would last until the middle of the following century. It was in this time of crisis that the modern kingdoms of Britain were born. In their responses to the Viking threat, these kingdoms forged their identities as hybrid cultures: vibrant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and opportunity.


    Traditionally, Ælfred the Great is cast as the central player in the story of Viking Age Britain. But Max Adams, while stressing the genius of Ælfred as war leader, law-giver, and forger of the English nation, has a more nuanced and variegated narrative to relate. The Britain encountered by the Scandinavians of the ninth and tenth centuries was one of regional diversity and self-conscious cultural identities: of Picts, Dál Riatans and Strathclyde Britons; of Bernicians and Deirans, East Anglians, Mercians and West Saxons.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    ISBN: 9781911545477
    Title: Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    Author: GLAISHER JAMES

    The True Story Behind the Major Motion Picture -- and one of the greatest daredevil stories in the history of aviation

    In 1862, ambitious scientist James Glaisher set out to do the impossible: ascend higher into the skies than ever before. A pioneer of weather forecasting and of photography, and a founding member of the Royal Meteorological Society, he wanted to take ground-breaking research measurements from different altitudes.

    On 5th September, along with experienced balloonist Henry Coxwell as his pilot, he lifted off in a hot air balloon for what would prove to be a death-defying and historic flight. Rising above the English countryside, they rose to the remarkable height of 37,000 feet (7 miles or 11km), almost killing both men, who experienced blurred vision, loss of motor function and, eventually, unconsciousness. It was a miracle they survived to tell the tale.

    Written in his own words, The Aeronauts chronicles Glaisher's incredible flights and discoveries first hand, as well as his observations on those pioneers who came before and inspired him. His audaciously daring journey forms the story of the forthcoming major motion picture The Aeronauts.

    With an introduction by Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00

    $23.00
  • Afghanistan: a Distant War
    Afghanistan: a Distant War
    ISBN: 9783791348650
    Title: Afghanistan: a Distant War
    Author: NICKELSBERG ROBERT

    Noted documentary photographer Robert Nickelsberg's photographs help bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in Afghanistan. Since the attack on the World Trade Center, Afghanistan has evolved from a country few people thought twice about to a place that evokes our deepest emotions. TIME magazine photographer Robert Nickelsberg has been publishing his images of this distant yet all too familiar country since 1988, when he accompanied a group of mujahideen across the border from Pakistan. This remarkable volume of photographs is accompanied by insightful texts from experts on Afghanistan and the Taliban. The images themselves are captioned with places, dates, and Nickelsberg's own extensive commentary. Timely and important, the book serves as a reminder that Afghanistan and the rest of the world remain inextricably linked, no matter how much we long to distance ourselves from its painful realities.
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    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
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  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
    Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
    ISBN: 9780300240214
    Title: Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
    Author: SCOTT JAMES


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, & Faith in the New China
    Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, & Faith in the New China
    ISBN: 9780099589976
    Title: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, & Faith in the New China
    Author: OSNOS EVAN

    Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist
    Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.

    An Economist Best Book of 2014.
    A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation

    From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy-or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes.
    As the Beijing correspondent for "The New Yorker," Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In "Age of Ambition," he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals-fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture-consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth?
    Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

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  • Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    ISBN: 9781846682971
    Title: Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    Author: CHANIOTIS ANGELOS

    The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganized the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures. The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment. From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World
    Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World
    ISBN: 9781643130781
    Title: Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World
    Author: SOUTHON EMMA

    Sister of Caligula. Wife of Claudius. Mother of Nero. The story of Agrippina, at the center of imperial power for three generations, is the story of the Julio-Claudia dynasty--and of Rome itself, at its bloody, extravagant, chaotic, ruthless, and political zenith.nith.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $56.00
    $56.00
  • Alexander Hamilton
    Alexander Hamilton
    ISBN: 9781786690036
    Title: Alexander Hamilton
    Author: CHERNOW RON

    The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton

    In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is "a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all."
    Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow's biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today's America is the result of Hamilton's countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. "To repudiate his legacy," Chernow writes, "is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world." Chernow here recounts Hamilton's turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington's aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.


    Historians have long told the story of America's birth as the triumph of Jefferson's democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we've encountered before--from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton's famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.


    Chernow's biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America's birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.

    Ron Chernow's new biography, Grant, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Alexander the Great
    Alexander the Great
    ISBN: 9780425286524
    Title: Alexander the Great
    Author: EVERITT ANTHONY

    What can we learn from the stunning rise and mysterious death of the ancient world's greatest conqueror? An acclaimed biographer reconstructs the life of Alexander the Great in this magisterial revisionist portrait.

    More than two millennia have passed since Alexander the Great built an empire that stretched to every corner of the ancient world, from the backwater kingdom of Macedonia to the Hellenic world, Persia, and ultimately to India--all before his untimely death at age thirty-three. Alexander believed that his empire would stop only when he reached the Pacific Ocean. But stories of both real and legendary events from his life have kept him evergreen in our imaginations with a legacy that has meant something different to every era: in the Middle Ages he became an exemplar of knightly chivalry, he was a star of Renaissance paintings, and by the early twentieth century he'd even come to resemble an English gentleman. But who was he in his own time?

    In Alexander the Great, Anthony Everitt judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his own age and considers all his contradictions. We meet the Macedonian prince who was naturally inquisitive and fascinated by science and exploration, as well as the man who enjoyed the arts and used Homer's great epic the Iliad as a bible. As his empire grew, Alexander exhibited respect for the traditions of his new subjects and careful judgment in administering rule over his vast territory. But his career also had a dark side. An inveterate conqueror who in his short life built the largest empire up to that point in history, Alexander glorified war and was known to commit acts of remarkable cruelty.

    As debate continues about the meaning of his life, Alexander's death remains a mystery. Did he die of natural causes--felled by a fever--or did his marshals, angered by his tyrannical behavior, kill him? An explanation of his death can lie only in what we know of his life, and Everitt ventures to solve that puzzle, offering an ending to Alexander's story that has eluded so many for so long.

    Advance praise for Alexander the Great

    "Reads as easily as a novel . . . Everitt has a wealth of anecdotes and two millennia of histories to work with, and he delivers and interprets them flawlessly. Nearly unparalleled insight into the period and the man make this a story for everyone." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

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  • All About Maps
    All About Maps
    ISBN: 9781584236269
    Title: All About Maps
    Author: SANDU CULTURAL MEDIA

    Graphic designers and illustrators are todays cartographers, charting lands real and mythic , from gorgeous renderings in the fields of travel and recreation to stylized representations of the worlds of our favourite games or fantasy series. Here, the full breadth of their work is showcased in stunning full colour.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $95.00
    $95.00
  • All That Remains: A Life in Death
    All That Remains: A Life in Death
    ISBN: 9781784162818
    Title: All That Remains: A Life in Death
    Author: BLACK SUE

    Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2019, this incredible memoir from the Sunday Times Bestseller. Professor Sue Black breathes new life into the subject of death.

    Sue Black confronts death every day. As a Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. In All That Remains she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and examining what her life and work has taught her.

    Do we expect a book about death to be sad? Macabre? Sue's book is neither. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel.

    Part memoir, part science, part meditation on death, her book is compassionate, surprisingly funny, and it will make you think about death in a new light.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    ISBN: 9781910821206
    Title: Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Author: HALLIDAY STEPHEN


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
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  • America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    ISBN: 9781632867223
    Title: America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    Author: GOODWIN ROBERT

    An epic history of the Spanish empire in North America from 1493 to 1898 by Robert Goodwin, author of Spain: The Centre of the World. At the conclusion of the American Revolution, half the modern United States was part of the vast Spanish Empire. The year after Columbus's great voyage of discovery, in 1492, he claimed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Spain. For the next three hundred years, thousands of proud Spanish conquistadors and their largely forgotten Mexican allies went in search of glory and riches from Florida to California. Many died, few triumphed. Some were cruel, some were curious, some were kind. Missionaries and priests yearned to harvest Indian souls for God through baptism and Christian teaching.Theirs was a frontier world which Spain struggled to control in the face of Indian resistance and competition from France, Britain, and finally the United States. In the 1800s, Spain lost it all.Goodwin tells this history through the lives of the people who made it happen and the literature and art with which they celebrated their successes and mourned their failures. He weaves an epic tapestry from these intimate biographies of explorers and conquerors, like Columbus and Coronado, but also lesser known characters, like the powerful Gálvez family who gave invaluable and largely forgotten support to the American Patriots during the Revolutionary War; the great Pueblo leader Popay; and Esteban, the first documented African American. Like characters in a great play or a novel, Goodwin's protagonists walk the stage of history with heroism and brio and much tragedy.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
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  • American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, & One Great Building
    American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, & One Great Building
    ISBN: 9780374536947
    Title: American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, & One Great Building
    Author: PIERPONT CLAUDIA ROTH


    The stories of America's most extraordinary strivers and their failures and triumphs


    Ranging from the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture. Here is a series of deeply involving portraits of American artists and innovators who have helped to shape the country in the modern age.


    Claudia Roth Pierpont expertly mixes biography and criticism, history and reportage, to bring these portraits to life and link them in surprising ways. It isn't far from Wharton's brave new women to F. Scott Fitzgerald's giddy flappers, and on to the big-screen command of Katharine Hepburn and the dangerous dames of Dashiell Hammett's hard-boiled world. The improvisatory jazziness of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue has its counterpart in the great jazz baby of the New York skyline, the Chrysler Building. Questions of an American acting style are traced from Orson Welles to Marlon Brando, while the new American painting emerges in the gallery of Peggy Guggenheim. And we trace the arc of racial progress from Bert Williams's blackface performances to James Baldwin's warning of the fire next time, however slow and bitter and anguished this progress may be.


    American Rhapsody offers a history of twentieth-century American invention and genius. It is about the joy and profit of being a heterogeneous people, and the immense difficulty of this human experiment.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear & the Making of a Massacre
    Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear & the Making of a Massacre
    ISBN: 9780300250718
    Title: Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear & the Making of a Massacre
    Author: WAGNER KIM

    A powerful reassessment of a seminal moment in the history of India and the British Empire--the Amritsar Massacre--to mark its 100th anniversary

    The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, yet it remains poorly understood. In this dramatic account, Kim A. Wagner details the perspectives of ordinary people and argues that General Dyer's order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear. Situating the massacre within the "deep" context of British colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism, Wagner provides a genuinely nuanced approach to the bloody history of the British Empire.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Amsterdam: a History of the World's Most Liberal City
    Amsterdam: a History of the World's Most Liberal City
    ISBN: 9780349000022
    Title: Amsterdam: a History of the World's Most Liberal City
    Author: SHORTO RUSSELL

    In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the evolution of one of the world's greatest cities. From the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through the brutal struggle for Dutch independence and its golden age as the capital of a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually entertaining story of Amsterdam. He also weaves in his own experiences of his adopted home. In the end, Amsterdam is an endlessly captivating portrait of a city that has profoundly influenced the modern world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    ISBN: 9781408864388
    Title: Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    ISBN: 9781451684544
    Title: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Author: BARTOV OMER

    "A substantive contribution to the history of ethnic strife and extreme violence" (The Wall Street Journal) and a cautionary examination of how genocide can take root at the local level--turning neighbors, friends, and family against one another--as seen through the eastern European border town of Buczacz during World War II.

    For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz--today part of Ukraine--was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews all lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. In truth, though, this genocide didn't happen so quickly.

    In Anatomy of a Genocide, Omer Bartov explains that ethnic cleansing doesn't occur as is so often portrayed in popular history, with the quick ascent of a vitriolic political leader and the unleashing of military might. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren't just sociopathic soldiers. They are neighbors and friends and family. They are also middle-aged men who come from elsewhere, often with their wives and children and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with bouts of mass murder.

    For more than two decades Bartov, whose mother was raised in Buczacz, traveled extensively throughout the region, scouring archives and amassing thousands of documents rarely seen until now. He has also made use of hundreds of first-person testimonies by victims, perpetrators, collaborators, and rescuers. Anatomy of a Genocide profoundly changes our understanding of the social dynamics of mass killing and the nature of the Holocaust as a whole. Bartov's book isn't just an attempt to understand what happened in the past. It's a warning of how it could happen again, in our own towns and cities--much more easily than we might think.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00

    $31.00
  • Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    ISBN: 9780500292075
    Title: Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Author: MANCO JEAN

    This paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe s past. The story is more complex than at first believed, with new evidence suggesting that the European gene pool was stirred vigorously multiple times. Genetic clues are also enhancing our understanding of European mobility in epochs with written records, including the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, the spread of the Slavs, and the adventures of the Vikings Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA, and dating, Jean Manco s highly readable account weaves multiple strands of evidence into a startling new history of the continent, of interest to anyone who wants to truly understand Europeans place in the ancient world. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Ancient Magic: Practical Guide to Spells, Potions, & Power
    Ancient Magic: Practical Guide to Spells, Potions, & Power
    ISBN: 9780500052075
    Title: Ancient Magic: Practical Guide to Spells, Potions, & Power
    Author: MATYSZAK PHILIP

    In the ancient world, magic was everywhere. The supernatural abounded, turning flowers into fruit and caterpillars into butterflies. In a time before scientists studied weather patterns and figured out what caused the Earth's most mysterious phenomena, it was magic that packed a cloud full of energy until it exploded with thunderbolts. It was everyday magic, but it was still magical.In Ancient Magic, author Philip Matyszak ushers readers into that world, showing how ancient Greeks and Romans concocted love potions and cast curses, how they talked to the dead and protected themselves from evil spirits. He takes readers to a world where gods interacted with humans and where people could not only talk to spirits and deities, but could themselves become divine.Ancient Magic presents us with a new understanding of the role of magic, combining a classical historiography with a practical how-to guide. Using a wide array of sources and lavish illustrations, this book offers an engaging and accessible way into the supernatural for all.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Ancient Rome An Illustrated History
    Ancient Rome An Illustrated History
    ISBN: 9780754834205
    Title: Ancient Rome An Illustrated History
    Author: RODGERS NIGEL

    The legacy of Ancient Rome shapes the world we inhabit today. The history of Rome - as a tiny primitive kingdom, as an ever-growing republic, as a world-ruling empire dominating the known world - is still influential. The first half of this book focuses on the political and military history of Rome. The assassination of Julius Caesar, Nero fiddling while Rome burns, the building of Hadrian's Wall - the truth behind these and many other events are revealed in this account of the rise and fall of a mighty empire. The second part of the book focuses on Rome's influence on the development of world art, architecture and society. Detailed drawings of the Colosseum and other World Heritage buildings reveal Roman techniques and architectural styles. Ancient letters, records and artworks are used to show how real people lived and worked during one of the cultural peaks of world history. With its magnificent combination of photographs, plans and illustrations, and an authoritative and absorbing text, this is the perfect reference guide for any student of history, archaeology and the classical world. It will provide inspiration for anyone planning to visit Italy or other sites in the once-great Roman Empire.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
    Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
    ISBN: 9780500293768
    Title: Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
    Author: MATYSZAK PHILIP

    Here is an informative and entertaining guide to everything that any tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Rome in AD 200. You need only pack your imagination and a toothbrush - this guide provides the rest, describing all the best places to stay and shop, what to do, and what to avoid. Brought to life with wonderful computergenerated reconstructions of ancient Rome, this highly original, witty book will appeal to tourists, armchair travellers and history buffs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Arab World Unbound Tapping into the Power of 350 Million Consumers
    Arab World Unbound Tapping into the Power of 350 Million Consumers
    ISBN: 9781118074510
    Title: Arab World Unbound Tapping into the Power of 350 Million Consumers
    Author: MAHAJAN VIJAY

    An expert's guide to exploring business opportunities in the burgeoning Arab marketplace This groundbreaking book reveals the myriad opportunities presented by the Arab World's market of 350 million consumers, who collectively wield the ninth-largest economy in the world. Based on the author's firsthand research, including hundreds of market visits and more than 600 interviews at companies doing business throughout the region, this book shows how globally interconnected and vibrant the Arab markets are. Through a rich blend of data and anecdotal observations, it chronicles how, by respecting the region's culture and religious norms, hundreds of local and multinational companies and entrepreneurs are creating successful businesses in this large and growing marketplace.

    Hundreds of interviews and illustrative examples peel away stereotypes about Arab consumers to reveal diverse, vibrant and entrepreneurial consumer markets Explains how multinational companies, such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Proctor & Gamble, and leading regional companies are working successfully in the Arab nations Shows how Arab entrepreneurs, both men and women, are shaping the regional and global marketplaces Vijay Mahajan, author of two previous award-winning books on emerging markets, is one of the world's most-cited researchers in the business and economics sector As the global marketplace continues to expand, this book offers anyone interested in investing in the Arab world an expert perspective on the boundless business opportunities.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    ISBN: 9780300251630
    Title: Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    Author: MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM

    A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone

    This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia.

    Mackintosh-Smith reveals how linguistic developments--from pre-Islamic poetry to the growth of script, Muhammad's use of writing, and the later problems of printing Arabic--have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, and investigates how, even in today's politically fractured post-Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Arc of Utopia The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution
    Arc of Utopia The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution
    ISBN: 9781780238524
    Title: Arc of Utopia The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution
    Author: CHAMBERLAIN LESLEY

    Although Lenin and his fellow revolutionaries never called themselves Utopians--believing strictly in a science of revolution, they considered Utopians to be merely dreamers--they were enormously inspired by the grand humanitarian aims of the French Revolution of 1789. Taking up this French revolutionary agenda and reinforcing it with German philosophy, Russians formed a beautiful vision in which an imaginary theology blended with a premier role for art.

    Arc of Utopia offers a fresh look at these German philosophical origins of the Russian Revolution. In the book, Lesley Chamberlain explains how influential German philosophers like Kant, Schiller, and Hegel were dazzled by contemporary events in Paris, and how this led a century later to an explosion of art and philosophy in the Russian streets, with a long-repressed people reinventing liberty, equality, and fraternity in their own cultural image. Chamberlain examines how some of the greatest Russian names of the nineteenth-century--from Alexander Herzen to Mikhail Bakunin, Ivan Turgenev to Fyodor Dostoevsky--defined their visions for Russia in relationship to their views on German enthusiasm for revolutionary France.

    With the centenary of the Russian Revolution approaching, Arc of Utopia is an important and timely revisioning of this tumultuous moment in history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $51.00
    $51.00
  • Archipelago: Italy Since 1945
    Archipelago: Italy Since 1945
    ISBN: 9781408893142
    Title: Archipelago: Italy Since 1945
    Author: FOOT JOHN

    'An enjoyable, highly readable history that manages to bring murky, often fiendishly complex events into the light' Sunday TimesItaly emerged from the Second World War in ruins. Divided, invaded and economically broken, it was a nation that some claimed had ceased to exist. By the 1960s, Italy could boast the fastest-growing economy in the world, as rural society disappeared almost overnight. In The Archipelago, acclaimed historian John Foot chronicles Italy's tumultuous history from the post-war period to the present. From the silent assimilation of fascists into society after 1945 to the artistic peak of neorealist cinema, he examines both the corrupt and celebrated sides of the country. While often portrayed as a failed state on the margins of Europe, Italy has instead been at the centre of innovation and change - a political laboratory. This new history tells the fascinating story of a country always marked by scandal but with the constant ability to re-invent itself. Comprising original research and lively insights, The Archipelago chronicles the crises and modernisations of over seventy years of post-war Italy, from its fields, factories, squares and housing estates to the political intrigue of Rome.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
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