• Am I a Jew? My Journey Among the Believers & Pretenders, the Lapsed & the Lost, in Search of Faith (not Necessarily My Own), My Roots, & Who Kno
    Am I a Jew? My Journey Among the Believers & Pretenders, the Lapsed & the Lost, in Search of Faith (not Necessarily My Own), My Roots, & Who Kno
    ISBN: 9780142180396
    Title: Am I a Jew? My Journey Among the Believers & Pretenders, the Lapsed & the Lost, in Search of Faith (not Necessarily My Own), My Roots, & Who Kno
    Author: ROSS THEODORE

    #147;I was nine years old when my mother forced me to convert to Christianity#133;."
    &
    & When Theodore Ross moved from New York City to small-town Mississippi, his mother insisted that the family pretend to not be Jewish. He was sent to an Episcopal school, where he studied the Bible, sang in the choir, and even took communion. As an adult, he abandoned the religious charade, but wondered: Am I a Jew? In search of an answer, Ross immersed himself within communities on the fringes of Jewish identity#151;#147;Crypto-Jews," #147;Lost Tribes," the ultra-Orthodox, and more. Filled with humor, curiosity, and sincerity, Am I a Jew? explores America's riotous religious diversity, and one man's quest to stake a claim within it.


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  • Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    ISBN: 9781910821206
    Title: Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Author: HALLIDAY STEPHEN


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    Price: $25.00
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  • Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
    Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
    ISBN: 9780691170275
    Title: Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
    Author: MAYOR ADRIENNE

    Amazons fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a powerful Amazon army. In historical times, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great, and the Roman general Pompey tangled with Amazons.

    But just who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and sexual freedom? Were Amazons real? In this deeply researched, wide-ranging, and lavishly illustrated book, National Book Award finalist Adrienne Mayor presents the Amazons as they have never been seen before. This is the first comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China.

    Mayor tells how amazing new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons prove that women warriors were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Combining classical myth and art, nomad traditions, and scientific archaeology, she reveals intimate, surprising details and original insights about the lives and legends of the women known as Amazons. Provocatively arguing that a timeless search for a balance between the sexes explains the allure of the Amazons, Mayor reminds us that there were as many Amazon love stories as there were war stories. The Greeks were not the only people enchanted by Amazons Mayor shows that warlike women of nomadic cultures inspired exciting tales in ancient Egypt, Persia, India, Central Asia, and China.

    Driven by a detective s curiosity, Mayor unearths long-buried evidence and sifts fact from fiction to show how flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes were mythologized as Amazons, the equals of men. The result is likely to become a classic."

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  • Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    ISBN: 9780552173285
    Title: Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    Author: MAN JOHN


    Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks.


    For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world's greatest river, and named it after them.


    In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now.


    Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the warrior women mythologized as Amazons.


    In this deeply researched, sweeping historical epic, Man redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.



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  • Ambiguity & Innocence: the NZ Occupation of Trieste May 1945
    Ambiguity & Innocence: the NZ Occupation of Trieste May 1945
    ISBN: 9780986451980
    Title: Ambiguity & Innocence: the NZ Occupation of Trieste May 1945
    Author: SIMPSON TONY

    Historian Tony Simpson
    discovered that the last
    New Zealand casualty
    in World War Two was the result of a shoot out
    with Yugoslav partisans in the Italian city of Trieste.
    Intrigued, he determined to find the reasons why.
    The author travelled there, interviewed participants and explored the
    complex history of the region. His rich cast of characters includes James
    Joyce, General Bernard Freyberg, President Tito, the Archduke Franz
    Ferdinand and Pope Pius XII, who has been
    described as ‘Hitler’s Pope’.
    Tony Simpson is one of our leading social
    historians, whose 14 books include the
    prizewinning The Sugarbag Years, Te Riri
    Pakeha and A Distant Feast. He is a past
    president of the New Zealand Society of Authors
    and was awarded the MNZM for services to
    New Zealand historical research.

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    Price: $38.00
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  • America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
    America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
    ISBN: 9781473660571
    Title: America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
    Author: HANCOCK GRAHAM

    Recent scientific discoveries show that North America was first peopled at least 130,000 years ago-many tens of thousands of years before human settlements were established in Europe and Asia. There are unexplained connections between the spiritual beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and the spiritual beliefs of the mound-builder cultures of North America's Mississippi Valley. Certain tribes of the Amazon jungle are closely related to Australian Aborigine. How did this extraordinary, unexpected, an extremely ancient DNA signal get to the Amazon? The remains of hundreds of gigantic geometrical earthworks have recently been found in the Amazon jungle. They have unexplained resemblances to the equally grand and mysterious earthworks of Ohio, such as Serpent Mound, and the Newark and High Bank Works, and to other geometrical and astronomical monuments as far afield as Stonehenge in England and Angkor in Cambodia. A global cataclysm occurred near the end of the Ice Age around 12,800 years ago. A disintegrating comet crossed the orbit of the Earth and bombarded our planet with a "swarm" of fragments, some up to a mile in diameter. The epicenter of the cataclysm lay in North America. Immense floods were unleashed as large sectors of the ice cap were melted by the shock and heart of the impacts. In the turmoil an advanced civilization, higher to the stuff of myth and legend, was lost to history. Until now. Book jacket.

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  • America's Deadliest Export: Democracy the Truth About Us Foreign Policy & Everything Else
    America's Deadliest Export: Democracy the Truth About Us Foreign Policy & Everything Else
    ISBN: 9781783601677
    Title: America's Deadliest Export: Democracy the Truth About Us Foreign Policy & Everything Else
    Author: BLUM WILLIAM

    Since World War II, the United States has repeatedly posited itself as a defender of democracy, using its military might to promote freedom abroad even as it ascended to the status of the world s only superpower. The answer to almost every international problem, it seems, has been American military intervention which is always pitched as a disinterested, noble attempt to deal with a crisis.
    In "America s Deadliest Export," William Blum mounts a powerful case against this belief and against postwar American foreign policy in general. Stripping away the lies that have hidden America s true agenda, Blum reveals the real goals and brutal consequences of American militarism.
    A fireball of terse information one of our best muckrakers. Oliver Stone
    This book deals with unpleasant subjects yet it is a pleasure to read. Blum continues to provide us with convincing critiques of US global policy in a freshly informed and engaging way. Michael Parenti, author of "The Face of Imperialism"
    With good cheer and humor Blum guides us toward understanding that our government does not mean well. Once we've grasped that, we're far more capable of effectively doing good ourselves. David Swanson, author of "War Is a Lie""

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  • America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    ISBN: 9781632867223
    Title: America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    Author: GOODWIN ROBERT

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

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    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • American Civil War
    American Civil War
    ISBN: 9780712616102
    Title: American Civil War
    Author: KEEGAN JOHN


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  • American Civil War: a Military History
    American Civil War: a Military History
    ISBN: 9780307274939
    Title: American Civil War: a Military History
    Author: KEEGAN JOHN

    For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America s most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name. Now Keegan examines these and other puzzles with a peerless understanding of warfare, uncovering dimensions of the conflict that have eluded earlier historiography.
    While offering original and perceptive insights into psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics, Keegan reveals the war s hidden shape a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and, above all, geography, the Rosetta Stone of his legendary decipherments of all great battles. The American topography, Keegan argues, presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since. Out of a succession of mythic but chaotic engagements, he weaves an irresistible narrative illuminated with comparisons to the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and other conflicts.

    The American Civil War
    is sure to be hailed as a definitive account of its eternally fascinating subject.
    From the Hardcover edition."

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  • American Colonies: The Settling of North America (the Penguin History of the United States, Volume1)
    American Colonies: The Settling of North America (the Penguin History of the United States, Volume1)
    ISBN: 9780142002100
    Title: American Colonies: The Settling of North America (the Penguin History of the United States, Volume1)
    Author: TAYLOR ALAN

    A multicultural, multinational history of colonial America from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Internal Enemy and American Revolutions
    In the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America, from the native inhabitants from milennia past, through the decades of Western colonization and conquest, and across the entire continent, all the way to the Pacific coast.
    Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.
    "Formidable . . . provokes us to contemplate the ways in which residents of North America have dealt with diversity." -The New York Times Book Review

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  • American Empire: the Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000
    American Empire: the Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000
    ISBN: 9780143123491
    Title: American Empire: the Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000
    Author: FREEMAN JOSHUA B.

    A landmark history of postwar America and the second volume in the Penguin History of the United States series
    In this momentous work, acclaimed labor historian Joshua B. Freeman presents an epic portrait of the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century, revealing a nation galvanized by change even as conflict seethed within its borders. Beginning in 1945, he charts the astounding rise of the labor movement and its pitched struggle with the bastions of American capitalism in the 1940s and '50s, untangling the complicated threads between the workers' agenda and that of the civil rights and women's movements. Through the lens of civil rights, the Cold War struggle, and the labor movement, American Empire teaches us something profound about our past while illuminating the issues that continue to animate American political discourse today.



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  • American Future a History
    American Future a History
    ISBN: 9780099520399
    Title: American Future a History
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON

    In November 2008 the United States elected a new President. But the collapse of twenty years of Republican conservativism means the country is already conducting an intense self-examination about the trajectory of its history; how it came to find itself in multiple crises and how an America that began as 'the last best hope for mankind' came to be so suspected and vilified around much of the world. * The American Future: A History, written by an author who has spent half his life there, takes the long view of how the United States has come to this anguished moment of truth about its own identity as a nation and its place in the world. * In each of the chapters devoted to the most compelling issues facing Americans now the projection of power (""American war"") ; race, immigration and the problematic promise of e pluribus unum (""American skin""); the intensity of religious conviction in public life (""American fervour"") ; the mystique of American land (""American Space"") and its battles with the imperatives of profit - Schama traces the deep history of the present crisis. * Cumulatively the chapters build into a history of American exceptionalism the 'American difference' that means so much to its people but which has led it into calamities as well as triumphs. * The American Future: A History argues that if you want to know what is truly at stake, you need to absorb these stories and understand this history for understanding is the condition of hope.

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  • American Gun: a History of the U. S. in Ten Firearms
    American Gun: a History of the U. S. in Ten Firearms
    ISBN: 9780062242723
    Title: American Gun: a History of the U. S. in Ten Firearms
    Author: KYLE CHRIS

    Drawing on his legendary firearms knowledge and combatexperience, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper Chris Kyle dramatically chronicles the story ofAmerica from the Revolution to the present through the lens of ten iconic gunsand the remarkable heroes who used them to shape history: the American longrifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester 1873 rifle, SpringfieldM1903 rifle, M1911 pistol, Thompson submachine gun, M1 Garand, .38 Specialpolice revolver, and the M16 rifle platform Kyle himself used. American Gun is a sweeping epic ofbravery, adventure, invention, and sacrifice.

    Featuring a foreword and afterword by Taya Kyle andillustrated with more than 100 photographs, this new paperback edition featuresa bonus chapter, The Eleventh Gun, on shotguns, derringers, and the BrowningM2 machine gun."

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  • American Gun: a History of the U.s. in Ten Firearms
    American Gun: a History of the U.s. in Ten Firearms
    ISBN: 9780062242716
    Title: American Gun: a History of the U.s. in Ten Firearms
    Author: KYLE CHRIS & DOYLE WILLIAM

    In American Gun, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history tracks down and shoots the most important American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the latest high-tech weaon he used as a SEAL. Chris Kyle uses these guns as a window on United States history, making the sweeping argument that the American story has been tied to and shaped by the gun. In each chapter he offers engaging stories associated with a parricular gun, form wars to duels to shoot outs. American Gun is part history, part first-hand journey as Chris locates and shoots these legendary guns.THE 10 GUNS THAT SHAPED AMERICA1. THE AMERICAN LONG RIFLE (aka the Kentucky Rifle): Used to open the American frontier and by soldiers in the American Revolution.2. THE SPENCER REPEATER: Designed during the Civil War, this first repeating rifle cut reload time by 80%.3: THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY (aka Colt .45): The handgun that defined the Old West, used by Buffalo Bill, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, and other iconic gunslingers.4: THE WINCHESTER 1873 RIFLE: "The Gun that Won the West" was a staple in the late nineteenth-century Indian Wars and a favorite a prop in countless Westerns.5. THE 1903 SPRINGFIELD: Designed at the request of Teddy Roosevelt, this superior rifle gave U.S. forces an edge during WWI.6: THE M1911 ARMY PISTOL: The official U.S. Army sidearm from 1911 to 1985, the "King of Combat Pistols" is still used by today's elite Special Forces units.7. THE AMERICAN MACHINE GUN: Including the Browning Automatic Rifle and the Thompson Sub-machine Gun, the "Gun that Made the '20s Roar," was the weapon of choice for lawmen and gangsters during the Prohibition era, including "Machine-Gun" Kelly, Elliot Ness, Bonnie and Clyde, "Pretty Boy" Floyd, John Dillinger, and others.8: THE M1 GARAND SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE: "The Gun that Saved the World," used by U.S. forces again Nazis and the Japanese during WW II.9. THE AMERICAN POLICE HANDGUN: From the .38 Special revolver to the Glock pistol, this chapter is a tour through police firearms history.10: THE M16 ASSAULT RIFLE: Made famous during Vietnam, this platform is still the standard used by U.S. military weapons including the H&K M4, the firearm that killed Osama bin Laden.

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  • American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
    American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
    ISBN: 9781781258156
    Title: American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
    Author: TOOBIN JEFFREY

    A National Bestseller
    From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history
    On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst Family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation Army. The weird turns that followed in this already sensational take are truly astonishing--the Hearst family tried to secure Patty's release by feeding the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; bank security cameras captured "Tania" wielding a machine gun during a roberry; the LAPD engaged in the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event was broadcast live on telelvision stations across the country; and then there was Patty's circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term "Stockholm syndrome" entered the lexicon.
    Ultimately, the saga highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. American Heiress portrays the electrifying lunacy of the time and the toxic mic of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and captivated the nation.

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  • American Indian Myths & Legends
    American Indian Myths & Legends
    ISBN: 9780394740188
    Title: American Indian Myths & Legends
    Author: ERDOES RICHARD

    Kiowa Indian Jill Momaday brings each traditional Native American tale to life. Myth in its living, primitive form isn't merely a story told but a reality lived.

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  • American Rhapsody: Essays
    American Rhapsody: Essays
    ISBN: 9780374104405
    Title: American Rhapsody: Essays
    Author: PIERPONT CLAUDIA ROTH

    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 to 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'sRhapsody 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.

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


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


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


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


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



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  • American Spirit: Who We Are & What We Stand For
    American Spirit: Who We Are & What We Stand For
    ISBN: 9781501174216
    Title: American Spirit: Who We Are & What We Stand For
    Author: MCCULLOUGH DAVID


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    Price: $47.00
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  • American War of Independence
    American War of Independence
    ISBN: 9780241238929
    Title: American War of Independence
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY


    Two hundred and forty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States, the story of how America overthrew the British is as meaningful today as it was when the ink was still wet on the document. There are lavishly illustrated accounts of every major military action, many supported by maps, with comprehensive timelines for every stage of the Revolutionary War. Including revealing first-person accounts by soldiers and civilians. Plus features on broader topics such as the treatment of prisoners, and what the wars meant for women, Native Americans and African Americans. The American War of Independence: A Visual History brings the drama of the Revolutionary War to life with DK's unique visual approach and compelling narrative.



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    Price: $70.00
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  • Amsterdam: a History of the World's Most Liberal City
    Amsterdam: a History of the World's Most Liberal City
    ISBN: 9780349000022
    Title: Amsterdam: a History of the World's Most Liberal City
    Author: SHORTO RUSSELL

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

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    Price: $30.00
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  • Analects
    Analects
    ISBN: 9780140443486
    Title: Analects
    Author: CONFUCIUS


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  • Analects
    Analects
    ISBN: 9781848374843
    Title: Analects
    Author: CONFUCIUS


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    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    ISBN: 9781408864388
    Title: Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM

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

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

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

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

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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.

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  • Anatomy of a Moment
    Anatomy of a Moment
    ISBN: 9781408805602
    Title: Anatomy of a Moment
    Author: CERCAS JAVIER

    In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Francos' dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister - Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover,: Adolfo Suarez the then outgoing prime minister, who had steered the country away from the Franco era, Guttierez Mellado, a conservative general who had loyally served democracy, and Marcelino Camacho, the head of the Communist Party, which had just been legalised. In TheAnatomy of a Moment, Cercas examines a key moment in Spanish history, just as he did so successfully in his Spanish Civil War novel, Soldiers of Salamis. This is the only coup ever to have been caught on film as it was happening, which, as Cercas says, 'guaranteed both its reality and its unreality'. Every February a few seconds of the video are shown again and Spaniards congratulate themselves for standing up for democracy, but Cercas says that things were very quiet that afternoon and evening while all over Spain people stayed inside waiting for the coup to be defeated .... or to triumph. 'Cercas writes brilliantly, in simple, direct language and beautifully, uncontrivedly modulated sentences. His prose is a pleasure - easy without dumbing down' Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-five Minutes in History and Imagination
    Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-five Minutes in History and Imagination
    ISBN: 9781608194919
    Title: Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-five Minutes in History and Imagination
    Author: CERCAS JAVIER


    In February 1981, Spain was still emerging from Franco's shadow, holding a democratic vote for the new prime minister. On the day of the vote in Parliament, while the session was being filmed by TV cameras, a band of right-wing soldiers burst in with automatic weapons, ordering everyone to get down. Only three men defied the order. For thirty-five minutes, as the cameras rolled, they stayed in their seats.


    Critically adored novelist Javier Cercas originally set out to write a novel about this pivotal moment, but determined it had already gained an air of myth, or, through the annual broadcast of video clips, had at least acquired the fictional taint of reality television. Cercas turned to nonfiction, and his vivid descriptions of the archival footage frame a narrative that traverses the line between history and art, creating a daring new account of this watershed moment in modern Spanish history.


    The Anatomy of a Moment caused a sensation upon its publication in Spain, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. The story will be new to many American readers, but the book stands resolutely on its own as a compelling literary inquest of national myth, personal memory, political spectacle, and reality itself.



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    Price: $37.00
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  • Ancestral Journeys: the Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Ancestral Journeys: the Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    ISBN: 9780500292075
    Title: Ancestral Journeys: the Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Author: MANCO JEAN

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
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  • Ancient Assyria: a Very Short Introduction
    Ancient Assyria: a Very Short Introduction
    ISBN: 9780198715900
    Title: Ancient Assyria: a Very Short Introduction
    Author: RADNER KAREN

    Assyria was one of the most influential kingdoms of the Ancient Near East. In this Very Short Introduction, Karen Radner sketches the history of Assyria from city state to empire, from the early 2nd millennium BC to the end of the 7th century BC. Since the archaeological rediscovery of Assyria in the mid-19th century, its cities have been excavated extensively in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Israel, with further sites in Iran, Lebanon, and Jordan providing important information. The Assyrian Empire was one of the most geographically vast, socially diverse, multicultural, and multi-ethnic states of the early first millennium BC. Using archaeological records, Radner provides insights into the lives of the inhabitants of the kingdom, highlighting the diversity of human experiences in the Assyrian Empire.
    ABOUT THE SERIES:
    The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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  • Ancient Egypt: on Five Deben a Day
    Ancient Egypt: on Five Deben a Day
    ISBN: 9780500251485
    Title: Ancient Egypt: on Five Deben a Day
    Author: RYAN DONALD P.

    Egyptologist Donald Ryan guides the time-travelling tourist on a journey up the Nile in 1250 B.C., and en route he offers useful advice on everything from deciphering hieroglyphics to mummifying household pets.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $34.00
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  • Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Sobekmose
    Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Sobekmose
    ISBN: 9780500051887
    Title: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Sobekmose
    Author: O'ROURKE PAUL F (TRANS, INTRO ETC)


    The Book of the Dead of Sobekmose, in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, is one of the most important surviving examples of ancient Egyptian Books of the Dead. Such "books"--actually papyrus scrolls--were composed of traditional funerary texts, including magic spells, which were thought to assist the deceased on their journeys into the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians believed in an underworld fraught with dangers that needed to be carefully navigated, from the familiar, such as snakes and scorpions, to the extraordinary: lakes of fire to cross, animal-headed demons to pass, and the ritual Weighing of the Heart, whose outcome determined whether or not the deceased would be born again into the afterlife for eternity.


    Virtually all of the existing published translations of material from the Book of the Dead corpus are compilations of various texts drawn from a number of sources, and many translations are available only in excerpt form. This publication is the first to offer a continuous English translation of a single, extensive, major text from beginning to end in the order in which it was composed. This new translation not only represents a great step forward in the study of these texts but also grants modern readers a direct encounter with what can seem a remote and alien, though no less fascinating, civilization.



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    Price: $65.00
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  • Ancient Guide to Modern Life
    Ancient Guide to Modern Life
    ISBN: 9781846683244
    Title: Ancient Guide to Modern Life
    Author: HAYNES NATALIE

    With her humor, wit, and a deeply insightful eye to the topic of reexamining our classical past to have a richer present, comedienne Haynes seamlessly pulls history into the forefront of modern times.

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    Price: $29.00
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  • Ancient Magic: Practical Guide to Spells, Potions, & Power
    Ancient Magic: Practical Guide to Spells, Potions, & Power
    ISBN: 9780500052075
    Title: Ancient Magic: Practical Guide to Spells, Potions, & Power
    Author: MATYSZAK PHILIP

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Ancient Roman Gardens
    Ancient Roman Gardens
    ISBN: 9780752464435
    Title: Ancient Roman Gardens
    Author: FARRAR LINDA

    Linda Farrar is a classicist and archaeologist with a special interest in gardening and garden history. With this book, she offers the first comprehensive account of gardens in the ancient Roman world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
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  • Ancient Rome An Illustrated History
    Ancient Rome An Illustrated History
    ISBN: 9780754834205
    Title: Ancient Rome An Illustrated History
    Author: RODGERS NIGEL

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
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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.

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    Price: $22.00
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  • Ancient Wonderings: a Tale of Obsessions With Prehistoric Britain
    Ancient Wonderings: a Tale of Obsessions With Prehistoric Britain
    ISBN: 9780008175207
    Title: Ancient Wonderings: a Tale of Obsessions With Prehistoric Britain
    Author: CANTON JAMES


    Take a journey into our ancient past. Explore a long-lost landscape and gradually discover the minds, beliefs and cultural practices of those souls who lived on these lands thousands of years before you.


    Travelling the length and breadth of Britain, James Canton immerses himself in the landscape, chasing those physical obsessions of prehistory which prove so revealing to us today: stone circles, flint arrowheads, sacred stones, gold, tin, and a lost Roman road. He explores the wonders of the natural world which occupied ancient minds: the night sky, shooting stars, the rising and setting sun. And he wanders to the furthest reaches of our islands to seek the remnants left by our ancestors, weaving a gentle, beautiful tale of discovery: from an undeciphered Pictish stone north of Aberdeen to the first footsteps on the edge of an Ice Age land in the North Sea.


    As Canton walks the terrain, familiarising himself with the geography, geomorphology and geology, he tells this captivating story of stepping into the past, of journeying across Britain's wildest lands on a trail of prehistoric worlds. The shadows of these worlds extend into our modern world, showing that our minds are very similar to the minds of our ancestors who lived here before us. By unearthing the secrets of our ancient past we begin to realise what it is, what it has ever been, to be human.



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    Price: $43.00
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  • Ancient World: Ideas in Profile
    Ancient World: Ideas in Profile
    ISBN: 9781781254202
    Title: Ancient World: Ideas in Profile
    Author: TONER JERRY

    Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to Big TopicsThis introduction to the ancient world, part of the Ideas in Profile series, covers all its different cultures, from the million people crammed into Rome to the Jews and Syrians who refused to be Romanised. Jerry Toner shows what can be learnt from new approaches to ancient history, from analysing the bones of the dead in Pompeii or assessing the impact of environmental change, and considers how we can discover what it was like to live back then. He looks at every period, not just classical Athens and Republican Rome, but the Hellenistic kingdoms that followed Alexander and the Christian-dominated later Roman Empire. Greece and Rome, he argues, must be fitted into the global history of their day: what did Persians think of Greeks and how does the Roman empire stack up to China's? With vivid examples and animation from award-winning Cognitive at every stage, this is the ideal introduction to the ancient world for general readers and students.

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    Price: $23.00
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  • Ancient Worlds: an Epic History of East & West
    Ancient Worlds: an Epic History of East & West
    ISBN: 9780099592082
    Title: Ancient Worlds: an Epic History of East & West
    Author: SCOTT MICHAEL


    'A bold and imaginative page-turner that challenges ideas about the world of antiquity.' Peter Frankopan (The Silk Roads)


    'This vivid and engaging book brings to life some of the most important moments in ancient history, moments that have shaped not only the politics and culture of bygone eras, but the institutions, thoughts and fantasies of our time.' Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens)

    'As panoramic as it is learned, this is ancient history for our globalised world.' Tom Holland (Dynasty, Rubicon)

    Acclaimed historian and TV presenter Michael Scott guides us through an epic story spanning ten centuries to create a bold new reading of the classical era for our globalised world.


    Scott challenges our traditionally western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers and empires that swept across Central Asia to India and China - resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history.


    With stunning range and richness Ancient Worlds illustrates how the great powers and characters of antiquity shared ambitions and crises, ways of thinking and forms of governing: connections that only grew stronger over the centuries as political systems evolved, mighty armies clashed, universal religions were born and our modern world was foreshadowed.


    Scott focuses on three epochal 'moments' across the ancient globe, and their profound wider significance: from 509-8 BCE (birth of Athenian democracy and Rome's republic, also the age of Confucius's teachings in China); to 218 BCE (when Hannibal of Carthage challenged Rome and China saw its first emperor); to 312 CE, when Constantine sought to impose Christianity on the Roman world even as Buddhism was pervading China via the vast trading routes we now know as the 'Silk Roads.'


    A major work of global history, Michael Scott's enthralling journey challenges the way we think about our past, re-draws the map of the classical age to reveal its hidden connections, and shows us how ancient history has lessons for our own times.



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    Price: $30.00
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