• & 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
  • & the Band Played on People Politics & the Aids Epidemic 20th Anniv Ed
    & the Band Played on People Politics & the Aids Epidemic 20th Anniv Ed
    ISBN: 9780312374631
    Title: & the Band Played on People Politics & the Aids Epidemic 20th Anniv Ed
    Author: SHILTS RANDY

    Upon it's first publication twenty years ago,And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition,And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • 10 Years that Shook the World: a Timeline of Events from 2001
    10 Years that Shook the World: a Timeline of Events from 2001
    ISBN: 9781742584331
    Title: 10 Years that Shook the World: a Timeline of Events from 2001
    Author: NAPOLEONI LORETTA

    Internationally bestselling author and economist Lorretta Napoleoni delivers an insightful overview of the events that have shaped the past decade. Beyond terrorism, 10 Years That Shook The World covers issues as diverse as financial policy, advances in science and technology, new economic policies, propaganda, the social media revolution and more. Told in short, twitter-like bursts of information, each chapter triggers readers' personal memories of those years and allows them to trace patterns through the decade.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • 100 Diagrams that Changed the World: from the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the Ipod
    100 Diagrams that Changed the World: from the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the Ipod
    ISBN: 9780452298774
    Title: 100 Diagrams that Changed the World: from the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the Ipod
    Author: CHRISTIANSON SCOTT

    A collection of the most important ideas, theories, and concepts of all time

    100 Diagrams That Changed the Worldis a fascinating collection of the most significant plans, sketches, drawings, and illustrations that have influenced and shaped the way we think about the world. From primitive cave paintings to the complicated DNA helix drawn by Crick and Watson, they chart dramatic breakthroughs in our understanding of the world and its history. Arranged chronologically, each diagram is accompanied by informative text that makes even the most scientific breakthrough accessible to all.

    Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book will not only inform but also entertain as it demonstrates how the power of a single drawing can enhance, change, or even revolutionize our understanding of the world. With its iconic images and powerful explanations,100 Diagrams That Changed the Worldis the perfect gift for anyone interested in culture, history, or science.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $44.00
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  • 100 Documents that Changed the World from Magna Carta to Wikileaks
    100 Documents that Changed the World from Magna Carta to Wikileaks
    ISBN: 9781849943000
    Title: 100 Documents that Changed the World from Magna Carta to Wikileaks
    Author: CHRISTIANSON SCOTT


    100 Documents That Changed the World brings together the most important written agreements, declarations and statements in history. The documents included here have changed the course of history by rewriting laws, granting freedoms and laying out constitutions. But as well as official charters and presidential proclamations, there are also the hand-written documents that have gone on to shape the way we think, the scrawled notes that mark breakthroughs in the worlds of science and technology, and the annotated manuscripts that have become literary landmarks.


    Documents included: Magna Carta (1215); Shakespeare's First Folio (1623); Declaration of independence (1776); Constitution of the United States (1787); Louisiana Purchase (1803); Darwin's Evolutionary Tree (1837); Gettysburg Address (1863); Treaty of Versailles (1919); German Surrender (1945); Martin Luther King, Jr's& "I Have A Dream" speech (1963); First Website (1991); Edward Snowden Files (2013).&



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  • 100 Mistakes that Changed History Backfires & Blunders that Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, & Altered the Course of Our World
    100 Mistakes that Changed History Backfires & Blunders that Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, & Altered the Course of Our World
    ISBN: 9780425236659
    Title: 100 Mistakes that Changed History Backfires & Blunders that Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, & Altered the Course of Our World
    Author: FAWCETT BILL

    Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world.

    From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences.

    This engrossing book looks at one hundred such tipping points. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into bankruptcy. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open arms. Mexico invites the Americans to Texas-and the Americans never leave.

    And the rest is history...



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • 100 Years of Struggle: Mandela's Anc
    100 Years of Struggle: Mandela's Anc
    ISBN: 9780143528791
    Title: 100 Years of Struggle: Mandela's Anc
    Author: MARCUS GARY

    Despite the ANC being at the height of its powers, its future is today less certain than at any time in its long history. In the past, the liberation movement went through two enormous transformations with remarkable agility; the first at the instigation of the hot-headed young rebel, Nelson Mandela. He brought about changes that drove the organisation from gentlemanly petitions to armed resistance.The second great shake-up in the ANC occurred over twenty years ago as Mandela emerged from prison, when the movement transformed itself from deep socialist militancy to centre-left political respectability. But it was at the time dominated by realistic, courageous leaders like Mandela, Sisulu and Tambo, who are no longer steering the vast juggernaut through the third revolution that is under way now.The ANC's struggle for freedom was supposed to have ended with its election to office in 1994, when it defeated apartheid. But rampant unemployment, income distribution as skewed as anywhere on earth, catastrophic corruption, inferior education and lingering racial tensions cast shadows that lengthen with each passing year. Whether the ANC, with its current leadership, still has the flexibility to transform itself and survive the anarchistic onslaught of politicians like Julius Malema remains to be seen.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • 1000 Years of Annoying the French
    1000 Years of Annoying the French
    ISBN: 9780552779937
    Title: 1000 Years of Annoying the French
    Author: CLARKE STEPHEN


    NEW UPDATED EDITION


    Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory?
    Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French.


    Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc?
    Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers.


    Did the French write "God Save the Queen"?
    Non! But that's what they claim.


    Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066 ...


    Featuring new annoyances âe" both historical and recent âe" inflicted on the French, including Napoleon's "banned" chamber pot, Louis XIV's painful operation, Anglo-French jibes during the 2012 London Olympics, French niggles about William and Kate's royal wedding, and much more ...



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  • 101 Stumbles in the March of History: What If the Great Mistakes in War, Government, Industry, & Economics Were Not Made?
    101 Stumbles in the March of History: What If the Great Mistakes in War, Government, Industry, & Economics Were Not Made?
    ISBN: 9781101987049
    Title: 101 Stumbles in the March of History: What If the Great Mistakes in War, Government, Industry, & Economics Were Not Made?
    Author: FAWCETT BILL

    Did I do that? When asked to name a successor, Alexander the Great declared that his empire should go "to the strongest." But would rival factions have descended into war if he'd been a little more specific?What if the Vienna School of Art took a chance on a hopeful young student named Adolf Hitler?If Pope Clement VII granted King Henry VIII an annulment, England would likely still be Catholic today--and so would America. Bill Fawcett, author of 100 Mistakes That Changed History, offers a compendium of 101 all-new mammoth mistakes--from the ill-fated rule of Emperor Darius III to the equally ill-fated search for WMDs in Iraq--that will, unfortunately, never be forgotten by history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 1177 Bc: the Year Civilization Collapsed
    1177 Bc: the Year Civilization Collapsed
    ISBN: 9780691140896
    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: Hardback
    Price: $77.00

    $77.00
  • 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: $36.00
    $36.00
  • 1415: King Henry V's Year of Glory
    1415: King Henry V's Year of Glory
    ISBN: 9781845950972
    Title: 1415: King Henry V's Year of Glory
    Author: MORTIMER IAN

    * Henry V is regarded as the great English hero. Lionised in his own day for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous application of justice, he was elevated by Shakespeare into a champion of English nationalism for all future generations. But what was he really like? Does he deserve to be thought of as the greatest man who ever ruled England? * In this groundbreaking and ambitious book, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. Recording the dramatic events of 1415 on a day-by-day basis, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did. In addition, the king s story is told against the background of other important developments in Europe, in particular the struggle for power within the Catholic Church and official attempts to eradicate any deviant religious beliefs. In so doing the reader encounters unexpected and eye-opening explanations for why Henry tried to unify the kingdoms of England and France and why he was prepared to burn men alive as heretics. * The result is not only a fascinating reappraisal of Henry; it brings to the fore many unpalatable truths which biographers and military historians have largely ignored. While Henry retains the essential qualities of his greatness, his legend is stripped of its Shakespearean rhetoric and compassion. At the centre of the book is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground designed not to advance England s interests directly but to demonstrate God s approval of Henry s royal authority on both sides of the Channel. * 1415 was a year of religious persecution, personal suffering and one horrendous battle. This is the story of that year, as seen over the shoulder of its most cold-hearted, most ambitious and most celebrated hero.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 1421: the Year China Discovered the World
    1421: the Year China Discovered the World
    ISBN: 9780061564895
    Title: 1421: the Year China Discovered the World
    Author: MENZIES GAVIN


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  • 1421: the Year China Discovered the World
    1421: the Year China Discovered the World
    ISBN: 9780553815221
    Title: 1421: the Year China Discovered the World
    Author: MENZIES GAVIN

    Groundbreaking new discovery! As detailed inThe Economistand recent headline news, Gavin Menzies (author of1421: The Year China Discovered The World) has recently uncovered a copy of an 18th century map which definitively records the exploits of a Chinese explorer whose fleets roamed the oceans between 1405 and 1435. The map shows America, South America and other parts of the globe that were supposed to have been discovered decades later by Christopher Columbus. It is the final piece of evidence to underpin Gavin's theory put forward in1421: The Year China Discovered The World. In 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly 500 feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last over two years and circle the globe. When they returned, Zhu Di had lost power and China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world. The great ships rotted and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus and circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. They had also discovered Antarctica, reached Australia 350 years before Cook, and solved the problem of longitude 300 years before the Europeans. In this fascinating historical detective story, Gavin Menzies shares the remarkable account of his discoveries and the incontrovertible evidence supporting them.

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    Price: $33.00
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  • 1434: the Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to France & Ignited the Renaissance
    1434: the Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to France & Ignited the Renaissance
    ISBN: 9780007269556
    Title: 1434: the Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to France & Ignited the Renaissance
    Author: MENZIES GAVIN

    In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that formed the basis of the European Renaissance and our modern world.In his bestselling book 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies presented controversial and compelling evidence that Chinese fleets beat Columbus, Cook and Magellan to the New World. But his research has led him to astonishing new discoveries that Chinese influence on Western culture didn't stop there.Until now, scholars have considered that the Italian Renaissance - the basis of our modern Western world - came about as a result of a re-examining the ideas of classical Greece and Rome. A stunning reappraisal of history is about to be published.Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that a sophisticated Chinese delegation visited Italy in 1434, sparked the Renaissance, and forever changed the course of Western civilization. After that date the authority of Aristotle and Ptolemy was overturned and artistic conventions challenged, as was Arabic astronomy and cartography.Florence and Venice of the 15th century attracted traders from across the world. Menzies presents astonishing evidence that a large Chinese fleet, official ambassadors of the Emperor, arrived in Tuscany in 1434 where they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. A mass of information was given by the Chinese delegation to the Pope and his entourage - concerning world maps (which Menzies argues were later given to Columbus), astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steel manufacture, civil engineering, military machines, surveying, cartography, genetics, and more. It was this gift of knowledge that sparked the inventiveness of the Renaissance - Da Vinci's inventions, the Copernican revolution, Galileo, etc. Following 1434, Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions, which formed the basis of European civilization just as much as Greek thought and Roman law. In short, China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • 1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    ISBN: 9781400032051
    Title: 1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    Author: MANN CHARLES C

    A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

    Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

    In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:

    - In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
    - Certain cities-such as Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital-were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlan, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
    - The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
    - Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering."
    - Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it-a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
    - Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings.

    Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation.

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  • 1492: the Year Our World Began
    1492: the Year Our World Began
    ISBN: 9781408809501
    Title: 1492: the Year Our World Began
    Author: FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO FELIPE

    The world would end in 1492 - so the prophets, soothsayers and stargazers said. They were right. Their world did end. But ours began. In search of the origins of the modern world, 1492 takes readers on a journey around the globe of the time, in the company of real-life travellers, drawing together the threads that began to bind the planet: from the way power and wealth are distributed around the globe to the way major religions and civilizations divide the world. Events that began in 1492 even transformed the whole ecological system of the planet. Wars and witchcraft, plagues and persecutions, poetry and prophecy, science and magic, art and faith - all the glories and follies of the time are in this book.

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    Price: $30.00
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  • 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.

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  • 1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    ISBN: 9780571214808
    Title: 1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES


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  • 1606: William Shakespeare & the Year of Lear
    1606: William Shakespeare & the Year of Lear
    ISBN: 9781416541646
    Title: 1606: William Shakespeare & the Year of Lear
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES


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    Price: $58.00
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  • 1606: William Shakespeare & the Year of the Lear
    1606: William Shakespeare & the Year of the Lear
    ISBN: 9780571235797
    Title: 1606: William Shakespeare & the Year of the Lear
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES

    1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, The Chronicle History of King Leir, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, King Lear. 1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, which witnessed the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare, unrivalled at identifying the fault-lines of his cultural moment, who before the year was out went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.Following the biographical style of 1599, a way of thinking and writing that Shapiro has made his own, 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear promises to be one of the most significant and accessible works on Shakespeare in the decade to come.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • 1616 World in Motion
    1616 World in Motion
    ISBN: 9781582437743
    Title: 1616 World in Motion
    Author: CHRISTENSEN THOMAS

    The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic powers. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the end of an era in literature, as the spirit of the Renaissance was giving way to new attitudes that would lead to the age of revolutions. Great changes were also taking place in East Asia, where the last native Chinese dynasty was entering its final years and Japan was beginning its long period of warrior rule. Artists there, as in many parts of the world, were rethinking their connections to ancient traditions and experimenting with new directions. Women everywhere were redefining their roles in family and society. Slave trading was relocating large numbers of people, while others were migrating in search of new opportunities. The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfillment, were exploring this new globalized world. Thomas Christensen illuminates this extravagant age by focusing on a single riotous year. Woven with color images and artwork from the period,1616 tells the surprising tales of the men and women who set the world on its tumultuous course toward modernity.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $61.00
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  • 1616: the World in Motion
    1616: the World in Motion
    ISBN: 9781619020672
    Title: 1616: the World in Motion
    Author: CHRISTENSEN THOMAS

    The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic powers. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the end of an era in literature, as the spirit of the Renaissance was giving way to new attitudes that would lead to the Age of Revolution. Great changes were also taking place in East Asia, where the last native Chinese dynasty was entering its final years and Japan was beginning its long period of warrior rule. Artists there, as in many parts of the world, were rethinking their connections to ancient traditions and experimenting with new directions. Women everywhere were redefining their roles in family and society. Slave trading was relocating large numbers of people, while others were migrating in search of new opportunities. The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfillment, were exploring this new globalized world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $52.00
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  • 1666 Plague, War & Hellfire
    1666 Plague, War & Hellfire
    ISBN: 9781473623538
    Title: 1666 Plague, War & Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA

    1666 was a watershed year for England. It was the year of the Great Plague; the eruption of the second Dutch War, the clash between two great powers which ultimately ended in one of the English military's most humiliating defeats; and the Great Fire. It is a year in which no single event existed alone and which, in many ways, gave shape to the country we know today.

    1666: Plague, War and Hellfire shines a light on these dramatic events to reveal an unprecedented period of terror and triumph, in a book full of extraordinary characters and teeming life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
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  • 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    ISBN: 9781473623545
    Title: 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA


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


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


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


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

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  • 17 Carnations
    17 Carnations
    ISBN: 9781782434573
    Title: 17 Carnations
    Author: MORTON ANDREW

    The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcee, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold. Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman. While the German foreign minister sent Simpson seventeen carnations daily, each one representing a night they had spent together, she and the Duke of Windsor corresponded regularly with the German elite. Known to be pro-German sympathizers, the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies were defeated. After the war, the Duke's letters were hidden in a German castle that had fallen to American soldiers. They were then suppressed for years, as the British establishment attempted to cover up this connection between the House of Windsor and Hitler. Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, and the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story, throwing sharp new light on a dark chapter of history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • 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
  • 1835 the Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia
    1835 the Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia
    ISBN: 9781863956000
    Title: 1835 the Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia
    Author: BOYCE JAMES

    Winner of the 2012 Age Book of the Year AwardIn 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators began sending men and sheep across Bass Strait - and so changed the shape of Australian history. Before the founding of Melbourne, British settlement on the mainland amounted to a few pinpoints on a map. Ten years later, it had become a sea of red.In 1835 James Boyce brings this pivotal moment to life. He traces the power plays in Hobart, Sydney and London, the key personalities of Melbourne's early days, and the haunting questions raised by what happened when the land was opened up. He conjures up the Australian frontier - its complexity, its rawness and the way its legacy is still with us today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • 1861 the Civil War Awakening
    1861 the Civil War Awakening
    ISBN: 9781400040155
    Title: 1861 the Civil War Awakening
    Author: GOODHEART ADAM


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • 1912: the Year the World Discovered Antarctica
    1912: the Year the World Discovered Antarctica
    ISBN: 9781921922725
    Title: 1912: the Year the World Discovered Antarctica
    Author: TURNEY CHRIS

    The rivalry between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen is a familiar story; what fewer people know is that, in 1912, five separate teams were exploring beyond the limits of the known world: Scott for Britain, Amundsen for Norway, Mawson for Australasia, Filchner for Germany and Shirase for Japan. The Antarctic discoveries made by these brave explorers enthralled the world and forever changed the way we understand our planet.Chris Turney tells the story of the frozen continent, the heroic trials endured by its explorers and the lasting legacy for future scientific endeavour. Devoting a chapter to each of the five expeditions, he draws on previously unpublished archival material, framing the narrative with the broader idea of the spirit and excitement of scientific discovery.Writing in an accessible and engaging style, but with the weight of his thorough research and experience behind him, Chris Turney's 1912 is an entertaining and beautifully illustrated history of an awe-inspiring subject.&

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • 1913 the World Before the Great War
    1913 the World Before the Great War
    ISBN: 9780099575788
    Title: 1913 the World Before the Great War
    Author: EMMERSON CHARLES


    Forever in the shadow of the war which followed, 1913 is usually seen as little more than the antechamber to apocalypse. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features âe" last summers in grand aristocratic residences, a flurry of extravagant social engagements âe" or its most destructive ones: the unresolved rivalries of the great European powers, the anxieties of a period of accelerated change, the social fear of revolution, the violence in the Balkans. Our images of the times are too often dominated by the faded pastels of upper-class indulgence or by the unmitigated blackness of a world rushing headlong into the abyss of an inevitable war.


    1913: The World before the Great War proposes a strikingly different portrait, returning the world in that year to its contemporary freshness, its future still undecided, its outlook still open. Told through the stories of twenty-three cities âe" Europeâe(tm)s capitals at the height of their global reach, the emerging metropolises of America, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, the boomtowns of Australia and the Americas âe" Charles Emmerson presents a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, from St Petersburg to Shanghai and from Los Angeles to Jerusalem.


    What emerges is a rich and complex world, more familiar than we expect, connected as never before, on the threshold of events which would change the course of global history.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • 1913: the Year Before the Storm
    1913: the Year Before the Storm
    ISBN: 9781846689611
    Title: 1913: the Year Before the Storm
    Author: ILLIES FLORIAN

    A witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate vision of a world that is about to change forever.The stuffy conventions of the nineteenth century are receding into the past, and 1913 heralds a new age of unlimited possibility. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a young seamstress called Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; Charlie Chaplin signs his first movie contract; and new drugs like cocaine usher in an age of decadence. Yet everywhere there is the premonition of ruin - the number 13 is omnipresent, and in London, Paris and Vienna, artists take the omen and act as if there were no tomorrow. In a Munich hotel lobby, Rilke and Freud discuss beauty and transience; Proust sets out in search of lost time; and while Stravinsky celebrates the Rite of Spring with industrial cacophony, an Austrian postcard painter by the name of Adolf Hitler sells his conventional cityscapes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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  • 1916:  the Morning After from the Courts Martial to the Tribunals
    1916: the Morning After from the Courts Martial to the Tribunals
    ISBN: 9781784080099
    Title: 1916: the Morning After from the Courts Martial to the Tribunals
    Author: COOGAN TIM PAT


    The 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath changed Ireland for ever. The British government's execution of 14 republican rebels transformed a group hitherto perceived as cranks and troublemakers into national heroes. Those who avoided the British firing squads of May 1916 went on to plan a new - and ultimately successful - struggle for Ireland's independence, shaping their country's destiny for the century to come.


    But what sort of country did they create? And to what extent does post-1916 Ireland measure up to the hopes and aspirations of 'MacDonagh and MacBride / And Connolly and Pearse'?


    Best-selling historian Tim Pat Coogan offers a strongly personal perspective on the Irish century that followed the Rising - charting a flawed history that is marked as much by complacency, corruption and institutional and clerical abuse, as it is by the sacrifices and nation-building achievements of the Republic's founding fathers.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 1916: the Easter Rising
    1916: the Easter Rising
    ISBN: 9780753818527
    Title: 1916: the Easter Rising
    Author: COOGAN TIM PAT

    An account of the events, personalities and repercussions of the Irish rebellion
    The Easter Rising began at 12 noon, 24 April, 1916 and lasted for six short but bloody days, resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians, the destruction of many parts of Dublin, and the true beginning of Irish independence.
    The 1916 Rising was born out of the Conservative and Unionist parties' illegal defiance of the democratically expressed wish of the Irish electorate for Home Rule; and of confusion, mishap and disorganisation, compounded by a split within the Volunteer leadership.
    Tim Pat Coogan introduces the major players, themes and outcomes of a drama that would profoundly affect twentieth-century Irish history. Not only is this the story of a turning point in Ireland's struggle for freedom, but also a testament to the men and women of courage and conviction who were prepared to give their lives for what they believed was right.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 1916: the Mornings After from the Courts Martial to the Tribunals
    1916: the Mornings After from the Courts Martial to the Tribunals
    ISBN: 9781784080112
    Title: 1916: the Mornings After from the Courts Martial to the Tribunals
    Author: COOGAN TIM PAT


    There s before 1916 and then there s after. Between them lies the Easter Rising, when Irish republicans took up arms against British rule and changed the course of their country s history forever. For though the resistance failed, it failed gloriously; the rebels were no longer a group of cranks and troublemakers in the public eye, but martyrs and national heroes, their example set the way for others and their mission lived on through the century to come.


    But what sort of country did the Rising create? And how does post-1916 Ireland compare with the aspirations of the rebellion s leaders, the hopes of Thomas MacDonagh and John MacBride, of James Connolly and Patrick Pearse?


    One hundred years later, Tim Pat Coogan offers a personal perspective on the Irish experience that followed the Rising. He charts a flawed history that is marked as much by complacency, corruption, and institutional abuse as it is by the building of a nation and the sacrifices of the Republic s founding fathers.

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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 1917: Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, & the Year That Created the Modern Age
    1917: Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, & the Year That Created the Modern Age
    ISBN: 9780062570888
    Title: 1917: Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, & the Year That Created the Modern Age
    Author: HERMAN ARTHUR


    This is the story of two men, and the two decisions, that transformed world history in a single tumultuous year, 1917: Wilson's entry into World War One and Lenin's Bolshevik Revolution.



    In April 1917 Woodrow Wilson, champion of American democracy but also segregation; advocate for free trade and a new world order based on freedom and justice; thrust the United States into World War One in order to make the "world safe for democracy"--only to see his dreams for a liberal international system dissolve into chaos, bloodshed, and betrayal.



    That October Vladimir Lenin, communist revolutionary and advocate for class war and "dictatorship of the proletariat," would overthrow Russia's earlier democratic revolution that had toppled the all-power Czar, all in the name of liberating humanity--and instead would set up the most repressive totalitarian regime in history, the Soviet Union.



    In this incisive, fast-paced history, New York Times bestselling author Arthur Herman brilliantly reveals how Lenin and Wilson rewrote the rules of modern geopolitics. Through the end of World War I, countries only marched into war to increase or protect their national interests. After World War I, countries began going to war over ideas. Together Lenin and Wilson unleashed the disruptive ideologies that would sweep the world, from nationalism and globalism to Communism and terrorism, and that continue to shape our world today.



    Our New World Disorder is the legacy left by Wilson and Lenin, and their visions of the perfectibility of man. One hundred years later, we still sit on the powder keg they first set the detonator to, through war and revolution.




    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • 1924 the Year that Made Hitler
    1924 the Year that Made Hitler
    ISBN: 9780316384049
    Title: 1924 the Year that Made Hitler
    Author: RANGE PETER ROSS

    The dark story of Adolf Hitler's life in 1924--the year that made a monster
    Before Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany, there was 1924. This was the year of Hitler's final transformation into the self-proclaimed savior and infallible leader who would interpret and distort Germany's historical traditions to support his vision for the Third Reich.
    Everything that would come--the rallies and riots, the single-minded deployment of a catastrophically evil idea--all of it crystallized in one defining year. 1924 was the year that Hitler spent locked away from society, in prison and surrounded by co-conspirators of the failed Beer Hall Putsch. It was a year of deep reading and intensive writing, a year of courtroom speeches and a treason trial, a year of slowly walking gravel paths and spouting ideology while working feverishly on the book that became his manifesto: "Mein Kampf."
    Until now, no one has fully examined this single and pivotal period of Hitler's life. In "1924, "Peter Ross Range richly depicts the stories and scenes of a year vital to understanding the man and the brutality he wrought in a war that changed the world forever.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 1944 Fdr & the Year that Changed History
    1944 Fdr & the Year that Changed History
    ISBN: 9781439114087
    Title: 1944 Fdr & the Year that Changed History
    Author: WINIK JAY

    New York Times bestselling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.

    It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well. 1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler's waning power. Instead, it saved those democracies-but with a fateful cost. Now, in a superbly told story, Jay Winik, the acclaimed author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval, captures the epic images and extraordinary history as never before.

    1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the planning of Operation Overlord with Churchill and Stalin, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris and the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But on the way, millions of more lives were still at stake as President Roosevelt was exposed to mounting evidence of the most grotesque crime in history, the Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an all but dying Roosevelt, whose rapidly deteriorating health was a closely guarded secret. Here then, as with D-Day, was a momentous decision for the president. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Was a rescue even possible? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world's reach, including the liberation of Europe, one challenge-saving Europe's Jews-seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt's grasp.

    As he did so brilliantly in April 1865, Winik provides a stunningly fresh look at the twentieth century's most pivotal year. Magisterial, bold, and exquisitely rendered, 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History is the first book to tell these events with such moral clarity and unprecedented sweep, and a moving appreciation of the extraordinary struggles of the era's outsized figures. 1944 is destined to take its place as one of the great works of World War II.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • 1946: The Making of the Modern World
    1946: The Making of the Modern World
    ISBN: 9780330544856
    Title: 1946: The Making of the Modern World
    Author: SEBESTYEN VICTOR

    Sebestyen creates a taut, panoramic narrative and takes us to meetings that changed the world: from Berlin, July 1945, when Truman tells Stalin we have successfully tested the bomb; to Ye nan, China, January 1946, General George Marshall tells the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong Americans won t send troops to China assuring the Communists will attain power; Delhi, India, April 1946, UK Cabinet Members tell Pandit Nehur and Mahatma Gandhi that the British will leave India within a few months ending two centuries of British imperialism; to Jerusalem, May 1946, representatives of David Ben Gurion and moderate Zionists, meet Begin and Jewish terrorist groups, to agree to drive British from Palestine. The bombing of King David Hotel resulted, accelerating the creation of Israel.
    Drawing on new archival material and many interviews, Sebestyen reveals the major postwar decisions as he points up the economic collapse, starvation, ethnic cleansing, and displacement that followed the war. He gives a vivid, bleak, and detailed picture of suffering of the populations from Europe to Asia. It was the year it was decided there would be a Jewish homeland, that Europe would be split by the Iron Curtain, independent India would become the world s biggest democracy, and the Chinese communists would win a civil war that positioned them to become a great power.
    (With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.)"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 1946: the Making of the Post-war World
    1946: the Making of the Post-war World
    ISBN: 9781447276395
    Title: 1946: the Making of the Post-war World
    Author: SEBESTYEN VICTOR

    A compelling account of a crucial year in post-war history, in the tradition of Margaret MacMillan's award-winning and bestselling The Peacemakers. Taking readers from Berlin to London, from Paris to Moscow, from Washington to Jerusalem and from Delhi to Shanghai, this is a vivid and wide-ranging account of both powerbrokers and ordinary men and women from an acclaimed author.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
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