• & 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: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
    1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
    ISBN: 9780007123742
    Title: 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
    Author: ZAMOYSKI ADAM

    Adam Zamoyski's bestselling account of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and his catastrophic retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on European history.

    In 1812 the most powerful man in the world assembled the largest army in history and marched on Moscow with the intention of consolidating his dominion. But within months, Napoleon's invasion of Russia - history's first example of total war - had turned into an epic military disaster. Over 400,000 French and Allied troops perished and Napoleon was forced to retreat.

    Adam Zamoyski's masterful work draws on the harrowing first-hand accounts of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict. The result takes the reader beyond the invasion of Russia to present both a poignant tale of the individual foot soldier and a sweeping history of a turbulent time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • 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: $37.00

    $37.00
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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

    An exuberant work of popular history: why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or serve the powerful.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
    $25.00
  • 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

    $23.00
  • Afropean Notes from Black Europe
    Afropean Notes from Black Europe
    ISBN: 9780141987286
    Title: Afropean Notes from Black Europe
    Author: PITTS JOHNY


    'A revelation' Owen Jones


    'Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe's relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, confident and lyrical' Afua Hirsch


    A Guardian, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine Best Book of 2019


    'Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea markets, Surinamese shamanism, German Reggae and Moorish castles. Yes, all this was part of Europe too ... With my brown skin and my British passport - still a ticket into mainland Europe at the time of writing - I set out in search of the Afropeans, on a cold October morning.'


    Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • 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 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: $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
    $22.00
  • Alaric the Goth: An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome
    Alaric the Goth: An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome
    ISBN: 9780393635690
    Title: Alaric the Goth: An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome
    Author: BOIN DOUGLAS


    Stigmatized and relegated to the margins of Roman society, the Goths were violent "barbarians" who destroyed "civilization," at least in the conventional story of Rome's collapse. But a slight shift of perspective brings their history, and ours, shockingly alive.


    Alaric grew up near the river border that separated Gothic territory from Roman. He survived a border policy that separated migrant children from their parents, and he was denied benefits he likely expected from military service. Romans were deeply conflicted over who should enjoy the privileges of citizenship. They wanted to buttress their global power, but were insecure about Roman identity; they depended on foreign goods, but scoffed at and denied foreigners their own voices and humanity. In stark contrast to the rising bigotry, intolerance, and zealotry among Romans during Alaric's lifetime, the Goths, as practicing Christians, valued religious pluralism and tolerance. The marginalized Goths, marked by history as frightening harbingers of destruction and of the Dark Ages, preserved virtues of the ancient world that we take for granted.


    The three nights of riots Alaric and the Goths brought to the capital struck fear into the hearts of the powerful, but the riots were not without cause. Combining vivid storytelling and historical analysis, Douglas Boin reveals the Goths' complex and fascinating legacy in shaping our world.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $52.00
    $52.00
  • All Against All: The Long Winter Of 1933 & the Origins of the Second World War
    All Against All: The Long Winter Of 1933 & the Origins of the Second World War
    ISBN: 9781781256978
    Title: All Against All: The Long Winter Of 1933 & the Origins of the Second World War
    Author: JANKOWSKI PAUL

    How ideas moved the world from post-war to pre-war once more.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • 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
    $25.00
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • 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
  • Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    ISBN: 9780552174916
    Title: Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    Author: MAN JOHN

    'Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live.' Guardian
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    The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire.


    We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as 'Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China.


    Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Barbarians at the Wall traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a 'barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • 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: $35.00

    $35.00
  • Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
    Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
    ISBN: 9780753821657
    Title: Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY



    The bestselling author of STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL on the Spanish Civil War, drawing on masses of newly discovered material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives.








    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Battle of Verneuil 1424: A Second Agincourt
    Battle of Verneuil 1424: A Second Agincourt
    ISBN: 9780750992688
    Title: Battle of Verneuil 1424: A Second Agincourt
    Author: WADGE RICHARD

    In August, 1424, the armies of England, Scotland, and France met in the open fields outside the walls of Verneuil in a battle that would decide the future of the English conquests in France. The hero king, Henry V, had been dead for two years, and the French felt that this was their chance to avenge their startling defeat at Agincourt, and recover the lands that Henry had won for England. Despite its importance, the battle is largely overlooked in accounts of the Hundred Years War. The Battle of Verneuil 1424 is the first proper account of the battle, and is also one of the first books to outline the important part the Scots played in the wars in France in the years between the two great battles of Agincourt and Verneuil.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Begin Again James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
    Begin Again James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
    ISBN: 9780525575320
    Title: Begin Again James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
    Author: GLAUDE EDDIE S.

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In our own moment, when that confrontation feels more urgently needed than ever, what can we learn from his struggle?

    "In the midst of an ugly Trump regime and a beautiful Baldwin revival, Eddie Glaude has plunged to the profound depths and sublime heights of Baldwin's prophetic challenge to our present-day crisis."--Cornel West

    We live, according to Eddie S. Glaude Jr., in a moment when the struggles of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America have been challenged by the election of Donald Trump, a president whose victory represents yet another failure of America to face the lies it tells itself about race. From Charlottesville to the policies of child separation at the border, his administration turned its back on the promise of Obama's presidency and refused to embrace a vision of the country shorn of the insidious belief that white people matter more than others.

    We have been here before: For James Baldwin, these after times came in the wake of the civil rights movement, when a similar attempt to compel a national confrontation with the truth was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In these years, spanning from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin transformed into 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.

    In the story of Baldwin's crucible, Glaude suggests, we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this Trumpian era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography--drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews--with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude's endeavor, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. 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 new America.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00

    $55.00
  • Belonging: Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    Belonging: Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    ISBN: 9780099590064
    Title: Belonging: Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE

    SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, MAIL ON SUNDAYAND OBSERVER


    Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492 it tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the stage coaches and the railways; trudges the dawn streets of London, hobbles along with the remnant of Napoleon's ruined army.


    The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews' search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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 Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 (reissued)
    Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 (reissued)
    ISBN: 9781526614278
    Title: Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 (reissued)
    Author: TAYLOR FREDERICK

    The astonishing drama of Cold War nuclear poker that divided humanity - reissued with a new Postscript to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the wall.During the night of 12-13 August 1961, a barbed-wire entanglement was hastily constructed through the heart of Berlin. It metamorphosed into a structure that would come to symbolise the insanity of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. Frederick Taylor tells the story of the post-war political conflict that led to a divided Berlin and unleashed an East-West crisis, which lasted until the very people the Wall had been built to imprison breached it on 9 November 1989.Weaving together history, original archive research and personal stories, The Berlin Wall, now published in fifteen languages, is the definitive account of a divided city and its people in a time when humanity seemed to stand permanently on the edge of destruction.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Between the Wars 1919-1939
    Between the Wars 1919-1939
    ISBN: 9780857055231
    Title: Between the Wars 1919-1939
    Author: ZIEGLER PHILIP


    At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. "What will you call it?" he was asked. "The First World War," was his bleak response.


    In Between the Wars Philip Ziegler examines the major international turning points - cultural and social as well as political and military - that led the world from one war to another. His approach is panoramic, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, examining Gandhi's March to the Sea and the Chaco War in South America alongside Hitler's rise to power.


    It is the tragic story of a world determined that the horrors of the First World War would never be repeated, yet committed to a path which in hindsight was inevitably destined to end in a second, even more devastating conflict.


    Each chapter bears the unmistakable stamp of Ziegler's scholarship: a keen eye for the telling anecdote, elegant and fluid prose, and calm and fair judgments. In a world that grows ever more uncertain, its perspective on how hopes of peace can dissolve into the promise of war becomes more relevant with each passing day.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World, 1918-1923
    Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World, 1918-1923
    ISBN: 9780571243013
    Title: Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World, 1918-1923
    Author: WALSH MAURICE

    Bitter Freedom is a new history of the Irish Revolution, placing Ireland in the global disorder born of the terrible slaughter of total war, as well as a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human face of the conflict.
    The Irish Revolution - the war between the British authorities and the newly-formed IRA - was the first successful revolt anywhere against the British Empire. But it was not alone. Nationalist movements across the world were fired by the American promise of self-determination.


    For too long, the story of Irish independence and its aftermath has been told within an Anglo-Irish context. Now, in a vividly written and compelling narrative, Maurice Walsh shows that Ireland was part of a civilisation in turmoil. A national revolution which captured worldwide attention from India to Argentina was itself profoundly shaped by international events, political, economic and cultural. In the era of Bolshevism and jazz, developments in Europe and America had a profound effect on Ireland, influencing the attitudes and expectations of combatants and civilians.


    The hopes, dreams and bitter disappointments of the revolutionary years affected everyone in Ireland whether they fought or not. Walsh also brings to life the experiences of Irish people removed from the fighting - the plays they went to, the exciting films they watched in the new cinemas and the books they read. But the price of freedom was partition, a devastating civil war and the daunting challenge of establishing a new nation in an uncertain world...



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran & the 40 Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran & the 40 Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    ISBN: 9781472271105
    Title: Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran & the 40 Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    Author: GHATTAS KIM


    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: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
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