• & 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

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  • 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: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Address Book: What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Power, Race & Wealth
    Address Book: What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Power, Race & Wealth
    ISBN: 9781781259009
    Title: Address Book: What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Power, Race & Wealth
    Author: MASK DEIRDRE

    Starting with a simple question, 'what do street addresses do?', Deirdre Mask travels the world and back in time to work out how we describe where we live and what that says about us. From the chronological numbers of Tokyo to the naming of Bobby Sands Street in Iran, she explores how our address - or lack of one - expresses our politics, culture and technology. It affects our health and wealth, and it can even affect the working of our brains.

    From Ancient Rome to Kolkata today, from cholera epidemics to tax hungry monarchs, Mask discovers the different ways street names are created, celebrated, and in some cases, banned. Filled with fascinating people and histories, this incisive, entertaining book shows how addresses are about identity, class and race. But most of all they are about power: the power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn't, and why.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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

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  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    ISBN: 9780141984087
    Title: Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    Author: MISHRA PANKAJ

    How can we explain the paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world-from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, delivering a history of our present predicament unlike any other. He shows that as the world became modern, those who were unable to enjoy its promises-or who were left, or pushed, behind-reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: with intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. They became increasinglysusceptible to demagogues. Today, just as then, the wide embrace of mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have cast billions adrift, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity-with the same terrible results. - For readers of Elizabeth Kolbert and Naomi Klein

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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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
    $28.00
  • Age of Empires
    Age of Empires
    ISBN: 9780500295496
    Title: Age of Empires
    Author: ALDRICH ROBERT


    For over five hundred years, empires have been a feature of the political landscape, and today, many contemporary conflicts resonate with issues tied to colonial conquest and the uneasy situations they produced. Empires evoke potent images: Henry Morton Stanley, David Livingstone, and the gallery of colonial explorers; the Spanish conquistadors' quest for gold and silver; and the Dutch heritage of trade in the East Indies. These legacies still pose major issues for historians who study their key role in the foundation of today's global civilization.


    The Age of Empires frames the era of empires with maps of explorations, chronologies of voyages, records of settlers and administrators, the balance sheets of commerce, and other records that made up the Age of Empires. This account incorporates research from across the globe and vivid illustrations to tell a story full of conflict, cruelty, great journeys, and influence.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
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  • Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World
    Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World
    ISBN: 9781643136103
    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.

    In her own time, she was recognized as a woman of unparalleled power. Beautiful and intelligent, she was portrayed as alternately a ruthless murderer and helpless victim, the most loving mother and the most powerful woman of the Roman empire, using sex, motherhood, manipulation, and violence to get her way, and single-minded in her pursuit of power for herself and her son, Nero.

    This book follows Agrippina as a daughter, born in Cologne, to the expected heir to Augustus's throne; as a sister to Caligula who raped his sisters and showered them with honors until they attempted rebellion against him and were exiled; as a seductive niece and then wife to Claudius who gave her access to near unlimited power; and then as a mother to Nero--who adored her until he had her assassinated.

    Through senatorial political intrigue, assassination attempts, and exile to a small island, to the heights of imperial power, thrones, and golden cloaks and games and adoration, Agrippina scaled the absolute limits of female power in Rome. Her biography is also the story of the first Roman imperial family--the Julio-Claudians--and of the glory and corruption of the empire itself.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00

    $37.00
  • 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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  • Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas & George Boleyn
    Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas & George Boleyn
    ISBN: 9781350147058
    Title: Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas & George Boleyn
    Author: MACKAY LAUREN

    The tragic story of Anne Boleyn has been retold over the centuries, yet two key figures in Anne's life her father Thomas and brother George are often relegated to the margins of the history of Henry VIII's turbulent reign. Well before Anne's coronation in 1533, Thomas was regarded as one of Henry's most skilled and experienced ambassadors, and George was a talented young courtier on the rise. But Anne's downfall was to have a devastating effect on her family o ultimately costing her and her brother their lives. A family whose success and prestige had been shaped over generations was destroyed in a violent and brutal episode as the king sought a new wife and a male heir.
    In this first biography devoted to the Boleyn men, Lauren Mackay takes us beyond the stereotypes of Thomas and George to present a story that has almost been lost to history. This book follows the Boleyn men as they negotiated their way through the ruthless game of politics among the wolves of the court, and establishes their place in Tudor history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • 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: $29.00
    $29.00
  • 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 Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    ISBN: 9781408864395
    Title: Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM

    THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
    THE TIMES HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR
    LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019

    A FINANCIAL TIMES, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, WALL STREET JOURNAL AND TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

    'Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India A book of beauty' o Gerard DeGroot, The Times
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish a new administration in his richest provinces. Run by English merchants who collected taxes using a ruthless private army, this new regime saw the East India Company transform itself from an international trading corporation into something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business.

    William Dalrymple tells the remarkable story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Art of War the Ancient Classic
    Art of War the Ancient Classic
    ISBN: 9780857080097
    Title: Art of War the Ancient Classic
    Author: SUN-TZU

    The Art of War is an ancient classic that remains an international bestselling business self-help manual to this day. Its central message of winning without conflict is as pertinent now as it was 2,500 years ago. The Art of War brings a different way of seeing conflict, transcending the instinctual 'fight for your life' approach. With enough intelligence, it says, a conflict can be prevented from developing into something nasty - or developing at all. It is possible to conquer with a minimum of force and little destruction. Such an outcome we would describe today as 'win-win', not just defeating a person in an argument (force) but bringing him or her over to our way of thinking.This deluxe hardback edition also includes an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon, drawing comparisons and lessons for modern day business leaders from the text.It includes: The complete, unedited and unabridged text from 300 BC Strategies for survival and success in difficult times Advice on how to conquer with minimal destruction and conflict An introduction from Tom Butler Brown, the personal development literature expert

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
    Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
    ISBN: 9780393357790
    Title: Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
    Author: SHEFFER EDITH


    Hans Asperger, the pioneer of diagnosing autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been celebrated for his compassionate defense of children with disabilities. But in this groundbreaking book, prize- winning historian Edith Sheffer exposes that Asperger was not only involved in the racial policies of Hitler's Third Reich, he was complicit in the murder of children.


    The first comprehensive history of the links between autism and Nazism, Asperger's Children uncovers how this diagnosis emerged from the atrocities of the Third Reich, and will move readers to rethink how societies assess, label, and treat those diagnosed with disabilities.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • At Home: a Short History of Private Life
    At Home: a Short History of Private Life
    ISBN: 9781784161873
    Title: At Home: a Short History of Private Life
    Author: BRYSON BILL


    With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.



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    Price: $30.00
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  • Atlas of Extinct Countries
    Atlas of Extinct Countries
    ISBN: 9780008393854
    Title: Atlas of Extinct Countries
    Author: DEFOE GIDEON


    Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist.


    'Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close'


    Countries& die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence.

    &

    This is an atlas of nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book fails to do that. And that is mainly because most of these dead nations (and a lot of the ones that are still alive) are so weird or borderline nonsensical that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff.


    The life stories of the sadly deceased involve a catalogue of chancers, racists, racist chancers, conmen, madmen, people trying to get out of paying tax, mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and General Idiocy. Because of this - and because treating nation states with too much respect is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not fussed about adding to all the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags are.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century
    Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9781786992772
    Title: Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century
    Author: ANDREWS KEHINDE

    The Black Lives Matter movement reinvigorated Black political movements around the globe. People who never thought of themselves as activists are on the march, while groups that struggled to be heard are finding themselves with a megaphone and an audience. But with this renewed energy also comes renewed questions: How far have we really come? And what's the best way to keep moving forward?

    In Back to Black, Kehinde Andrews argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. The book traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. It is an appeal to reclaim Black radicalism, a movement that has been diluted and moderated over time, willfully misrepresented and caricatured by others, and divested of its potency and potential for global change. Through chapters that center on topics such as cultural nationalism, black Marxism, and black survival, and including Black feminist and LGBTQ perspectives, Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition. He shows how its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, and the Black Panthers, and then connects the dots to today's struggles by showing what the politics of Black radicalism might look like in the twenty-first century.

    Andrews maintains there is hope that revolutionary change is possible. But he warns there can be no hesitation or excuses: "It's already too late to be standing on the side-lines waiting to see whether you should commit." Back to Black is the definitive book on the roots and evolution of Black radicalism. It is a radiant call-to-action from one of the world's most daring Black political voices.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Balkans,1804-2012: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers
    Balkans,1804-2012: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers
    ISBN: 9781783784523
    Title: Balkans,1804-2012: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers
    Author: GLENNY MISHA

    A refreshed edition of the landmark history of the Balkans.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Basque History of the World
    Basque History of the World
    ISBN: 9780099284130
    Title: Basque History of the World
    Author: KURLANSKY MARK

    "The Basque History of the World" is the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people. Signs of their civilization existed well before the arrival of the Romans in 218 B.C., and though theories abound, no one has ever been able to determine their origins. Their ancient tongue, Euskera, is equally mysterious: It is the oldest living European language, and is related to no other language on Earth.

    Yet despite their obscure origins and small numbers (2.4 million people today), the Basques have had a profound impact on Europe and the world for more than 2,000 years. Never seeking more land, they have nonetheless fiercely defended their own against invaders ranging from the Celts and Visigoths to Napoleon and Franco. They have always been a paradoxical blend of inbred tradition and worldly ambition, preserving their indigenous legal code, cuisine, literature even their own hat and shoe while at the same time striving immodestly to be leaders in the world. They were pioneers of commercial whaling and cod fishing, were among the first Europeans in the Americas, Africa, and Asia during the age of exploration, and were prosperous capitalists when capitalism was a new idea, later leading the Industrial Revolution in southern Europe. Their influence has been felt in every realm, from religion (the charismatic Ignatius Loyola founded the Jesuits in 1534) to sports and commerce. Today, even while clinging to their ancient tribal identity, they are ready for a borderless world: The unique Basque concept of nationhood has never been more relevant, at a time when Basques are enjoying what may be the most important cultural renaissance in their long existence.

    Mark Kurlansky's passion for the Basque people their heroes and commoners alike-and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout "The Basque History of the World." Like his celebrated book "Cod," it blends human stories with economic, political, literary, and culinary history into a rich and heroic tale."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00

    $36.00
  • Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection & Action
    Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection & Action
    ISBN: 9781847926753
    Title: Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection & Action
    Author: KENDI IBRAM X


    Being antiracist is not something you are. It's something we do.


    In his global, game-changing bestseller How To Be An Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Centre for Antiracist Research at Boston University, showed that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem. Crucially, it requires 'persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination'.


    In this workbook he uses his extraordinary gifts as a teacher to provide the reader with a series of activities, exercises and reflections to help them do this vital work, to cultivate an instinctive awareness of racism in all its forms and to take the action necessary to promote racial equity in the world around them.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Beauty & the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    Beauty & the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    ISBN: 9781847925107
    Title: Beauty & the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    Author: FLETCHER CATHERINE

    The Italian Renaissance shaped western culture - but it was far stranger and darker than many of us realise.
    We revere Leonardo for his art but few now appreciate his ingenious designs for weaponry. We know the Mona Lisa for her smile but not that she was married to a slave-trader. We visit Florence to see Michelangelo's David but see nothing of the thousands who were massacred at the republic's downfall. In focusing on the Medici in Florence and the Borgias in Rome, we miss the vital importance of the Genoese and Neapolitans, the courts of Urbino and Mantua. Rarely do we hear of the women writers, Jewish merchants, the mercenaries, engineers, prostitutes, farmers and citizens who lived the Renaissance every day.


    In fact, many of the most celebrated artists and thinkers that have come to define the Renaissance - Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, Machiavelli and Castiglioni - emerged not during the celebrated 'rebirth' of the fifteenth century but amidst the death and destruction of the sixteenth century. For decades, a series of savage wars dominated Italy's political, economic and daily life, generating fortunes and new technologies, but also ravaging populations with famine, disease and slaughter. In this same short time, the birth of Protestantism, Spain's colonisation of the Americas and the rise of the Ottoman Empire all posed grave threats to Italian power, while sparking debates about the ethics of government and enslavement, religious belief and sexual morality.


    In The Beauty and the Terror, Catherine Fletcher provides an enrapturing narrative history that brings all of this and more into view. Brimming with life, it takes us closer than ever before to the lived reality of this astonishing era and its meaning for today.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Begin Again: James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Today
    Begin Again: James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Today
    ISBN: 9781784744441
    Title: Begin Again: James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Today
    Author: GLAUDE JR. EDDIE S.


    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    A searing indictment of racial injustice in America - inspired by the life and work of James Baldwin - to help us understand the present moment, and imagine a new future into being


    'Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.' JAMES BALDWIN

    The struggles of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America have been challenged by the presidency of Donald Trump, a president whose time in the White House represents the latest failure of America to face the lies it tells itself about race.

    For James Baldwin, a similar attempt to force a confrontation with the truth of America's racism came in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, and was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In the years from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin - the great creative artist, often referred to as 'the poet of the revolution' - became a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair.

    America is at a crossroads. Drawing insight and inspiration from Baldwin's writings, Glaude suggests we can find hope and guidance through our own era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Seamlessly combining biography with history, memoir and trenchant analysis of our moment, Begin Again bears witness to the difficult truth of race in America. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a more just future.

    'Begin Again is that rare thing: an instant classic' Pankaj Mishra
    'Incredibly moving and stirring' Diana Evans

    A TIME 100 Must-Read Book of 2020
    A Washington Post Notable Work of Non-Fiction 2020



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    ISBN: 9780141990538
    Title: Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    Author: PILLING DAVID

    Updated with a new chapter.

    Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world's largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling's new book is an entertaining, deeply knowledgeable and surprising analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami. Bending Adversity is a superb work of reportage and the essential book even for those who already feel they know the country well.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Berlin the Downfall 1945
    ISBN: 9780141032399
    Title: Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Berlin: The Story of a City
    Berlin: The Story of a City
    ISBN: 9781471181542
    Title: Berlin: The Story of a City
    Author: WHITE-SPUNNER BARNEY

    Telling the story of its people and its rulers, from its medieval origins up to the present day, Berlin is a fascinating and informative history of an extraordinary city from the author of the international bestseller Partition.

    Berlin is Europe's most fascinating and exciting city. It is and always has been a city on the edge - geographically, culturally, politically and morally. The great movements that have shaken Europe, from the Reformation to Marxism have their origins in Berlin's streets. The long-time capital of Prussia and of the Hohenzollern dynasty it has never, paradoxically, been a Prussian city. Instead it has always been a city of immigrants, a city that accepts everyone and turns them into Berliners. A typical Berliner, it is said, is someone who has just arrived at the railway station.
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    With its unique dialect, exceptional museums, experimental cultural scene, its liberated social life and its open and honest approach to its history, with monuments to the Holocaust as prominent as its rebuilt royal palace, it is as challenging a city as it is absorbing. And it has always been like that, since its medieval foundation as twin fishing villages. Too often Berlin is seen through the prism of Nazism and its role on the front line in the Cold War. Important, frightening and interesting as those periods are, its history starts much further ago than that.

    As approachable for the casual visitor to Berlin as it is informative for those who enjoy reading history, Berlin: The Story of a City is as fascinating as its subject.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World & Will Take Us to the Stars
    Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World & Will Take Us to the Stars
    ISBN: 9781471186509
    Title: Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World & Will Take Us to the Stars
    Author: RADER ANDREW

    From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader--an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager--an "engaging" (Tim Marshall, New York Times bestselling author) chronicle showcasing our human desire to continually explore new and uncharted territory, from civilization's earliest days to interstellar travel.

    For the first time in history, the human species has the technology to destroy itself. But having developed that power, humans are also able to leave Earth and voyage into the vastness of space. After millions of years of evolution, we've arrived at the point where we can settle other worlds and begin the process of becoming multi-planetary. How did we get here? What does the future hold for us?

    Divided into four accessible sections, Beyond the Known examines major periods of discovery and rediscovery, from Classical Times, when Phoenicians, Persians, and Greeks ventured forth; to The Age of European Exploration, which saw colonies sprout on nearly every continent; to The Era of Scientific Inquiry, when researchers developed new tools for mapping and traveling farther; to Our Spacefaring Future, which unveils plans currently underway for settling other planets and, eventually, traveling to the stars.

    A Mission Manager at SpaceX with a lively voice, Andrew Rader is at the forefront of space exploration. As a gifted historian, Rader, who has won global acclaim for his stunning breadth of knowledge, is singularly positioned to reveal the story of human exploration that is also the story of scientific achievement. Told with an infectious zeal for traveling seeking new horizons, Beyond the Known is "an astute--and highly flattering--view of human aspirations" (Kirkus Reviews).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00

    $27.00
  • Bigger Than History Why Archaeology Matters
    Bigger Than History Why Archaeology Matters
    ISBN: 9780500295083
    Title: Bigger Than History Why Archaeology Matters
    Author: FAGAN BRIAN & DURRANI NADIA


    Why does archaeology matter? How does studying prehistory help us understand climate change? How can archaeological discoveries challenge contemporary assumptions about gender? How has archaeology been used and misused to support political and nationalist agendas - and how can it help build a more diverse and inclusive picture of our world by examining the people left out of written history?

    Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani address these and other questions, exploring how archaeology?s long-term perspective offers unique views into the most challenging issues facing the world today. With examples from around the globe - including a female Viking burial in Sweden, controversies over the discovery of the Kingdom of Mapungubwe in Southern Africa, and newly discovered ancient farming techniques in South America - Bigger Than History explores how the search for the past continues to inform our understanding of the present.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition
    Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition
    ISBN: 9780803283916
    Title: Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition
    Author: NEIHARDT JOHN G. & DELORIA PHILIP J. (INTRODUCTION


    Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk's searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.



    Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and asked Neihardt to share his story with the world. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk's experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind.



    This complete edition features a new introduction by historian Philip J. Deloria and annotations of Black Elk's story by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond J. DeMallie. Three essays by John G. Neihardt provide background on this landmark work along with pieces by Vine Deloria Jr., Raymond J. DeMallie, Alexis Petri, and Lori Utecht. Maps, original illustrations by Standing Bear, and a set of appendixes rounds out the edition.




    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, & the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, & the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    ISBN: 9781472271136
    Title: Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, & the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    Author: GHATTAS KIM


    'Blistering' Sunday Times
    'Indispensable' Observer
    'Fascinating' The Times
    'Brilliant' Peter Frankopan
    'Revelatory' Lindsey Hilsum

    A timely and unprecedented examination of how the modern Middle East unravelled, and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979


    'What happened to us?'

    For decades, the question has haunted the Arab and Muslim world, heard across Iran and Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and in the author's home country of Lebanon. Was it always so? When did the extremism, intolerance and bloodletting of today displace the region's cultural promise and diversity?

    In Black Wave, award-winning journalist and author Kim Ghattas argues that the turning point in the modern history of the Middle East can be located in the toxic confluence of three major events in 1979: the Iranian revolution; the siege of the Holy Mosque in Mecca; and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Before this year, Saudi Arabia and Iran had been working allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region - but the radical legacy of these events made them mortal enemies, unleashing a process that transformed culture, society, religion and geopolitics across the region for decades to come.

    Drawing on a sweeping cast of characters across seven countries over forty years, Ghattas demonstrates how this rivalry for religious and cultural supremacy has fed intolerance, suppressed cultural expression, encouraged sectarian violence, birthed groups like Hezbollah and ISIS and, ultimately, upended the lives of millions. At once bold and intimate, Black Wave is a remarkable and engrossing story of the Middle East as it has never been told before.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    ISBN: 9781474602037
    Title: Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    Author: VATIKIOTIS MICHAEL

    Why are the region's richest countries such as Malaysia riddled with corruption? Why do Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines harbour unresolved violent insurgencies? How do deepening religious divisions in Indonesia and Malaysia and China's growing influence affect the region and the rest of the world?

    Thought-provoking and eye-opening, BLOOD AND SILK is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region's most experienced outside observers. This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    ISBN: 9781468313994
    Title: Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    Author: BROICH JOHN


    Spring 1941 was a high point for the Axis war machine. Western Europe was conquered; southeastern Europe was falling, Great Britain on its heels; and Rommel's Afrika Korps was freshly arrived to drive on the all-important Suez Canal.


    In Blood, Oil and the Axis, historian John Broich tells the story of Iraq and the Levant during this most pivotal time of the war. The browbeaten Allied forces had one last remaining hope for turning the war in their favor: the Axis running through its fuel supply. But when the Golden Square--four Iraqi generals allegiant to the Axis cause--staged a coup in Iraq, elevating a pro-German junta and prompting military cooperation between Vichy French-occupied Syria and Lebanon and the Axis, disaster loomed.


    Blood, Oil and the Axisfollows those who participated in the Allies' frantic, improvised, and unlikely response to this dire threat: Palestinian and Jordanian Arabs, Australians, American and British soldiers, Free French Foreign Legionnaires, and Jewish Palestinians, all who shared a desperate, bloody purpose in quashing the formation of an Axis state in the Middle East. Memorable figures of this makeshift alliance include Jack Hasey, a young American who ran off to fight with the Free French Foreign Legion before his own country entered the war; Freya Stark, a famous travel-writer-turned-government-agent; and even Roald Dahl, a twenty-three-year-old Royal Air Force recruit (and future author of beloved children's books).


    Taking the reader on a tour of cities and landscapes grimly familiar to today's reader--from a bombed-out Fallujah, to Baghdad, to Damascus--Blood, Oil and the Axisis poised to become the definitive chronicle of the Axis's menacing play for Iraq and the Levant in 1941 and the extraordinary alliance that confronted it.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano Da Bisticci & the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance
    Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano Da Bisticci & the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance
    ISBN: 9781784742669
    Title: Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano Da Bisticci & the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance
    Author: KING ROSS


    An exhilarating and untold account of a Florentine bookseller working at the frontiers of human knowledge, and the epochal shift from script to print that defined the Renaissance

    The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings - the dazzling handiwork of the city's artists and architects. But equally important were geniuses of another kind: Florence's manuscript hunters, scribes, scholars and booksellers, who blew the dust off a thousand years of history and, through the discovery and diffusion of ancient knowledge, imagined a new and enlightened world.

    At the heart of this activity was a remarkable bookseller: Vespasiano da Bisticci. Besides repositories of ancient wisdom by the likes of Plato, Aristotle and Cicero, his books were works of art in their own right, copied by talented scribes and illuminated by the finest miniaturists. His clients included popes, kings, and princes across Europe who wished to burnish their reputations by founding magnificent libraries. Vespasiano reached the summit of his powers as Europe's most prolific merchant of knowledge when a new invention appeared: the printed book. By 1480, the 'king of the world's booksellers' was swept away by this epic technological disruption.

    A thrilling chronicle of intellectual ferment set against the dramatic political and religious turmoil of the era, The Bookseller of Florence is also an ode to books and bookmaking that charts the world-changing shift from script to print through the life of an extraordinary man long lost to history - one of the true titans of the Renaissance.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Born in Blood & Fire Latin American Voices
    Born in Blood & Fire Latin American Voices
    ISBN: 9780393283068
    Title: Born in Blood & Fire Latin American Voices
    Author: CHASTEEN JOHN CHARLES

    A thematic anthology of primary sources for Latin American social and cultural history, the Second Edition reader complements the table of contents of Born in Blood and Fire, Fourth Edition, and draws on newspapers, novels, magazines, and journals--many translated by Chasteen himself--to present compelling narrative accounts of life and society across Latin American history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $88.00
    $88.00
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