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The Downfall of Money: Germany¿s Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class

by Frederick Taylor

An economic horror story: The complete meltdown of a major modern country's financial system, and its disastrous effects on every aspect of society.

A hundred years ago, many theorists believed�just as they...


The Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War

by Lara Feigel

'The nightly routine of sirens, barrage, the probing raider, the unmistakable engine ... the bomb-bursts moving nearer and then moving away, hold one like a love-charm' --Graham Greene

When the first bombs fell...


Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

by Craig Steven Wilder

A groundbreaking and incendiary exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, racism, and higher education in America, from a leading African-American historian


Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Plot for Global Revolution

by Giles Milton

In 1917, a band of communist revolutionaries stormed the Winter Palace of Tsar Nicholas II�a dramatic and explosive act marking that Vladimir Lenin's communist revolution was now underway. But Lenin would...


The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

by Frank Dikötter

A groundbreaking chronicle of the violent early years of the People's Republic of China, by the author of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize�winning Mao's Great Famine.

�The Chinese Communist party refers to its...


Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, September 11, 1973

by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

On the fortieth anniversary of revolution and rebellion in Chile, a searching history of the rise and fall of the world's first and only democratically elected Marxist president.

On September 11, 1973, President...


The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era

by Douglas R. Egerton

A groundbreaking new history, telling the stories of hundreds of African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality�in the face of murderous violence�in the years after the...


Mr. Selden's Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer

by Timothy Brook

From the author of the award-winning Vermeer's Hat, a historical detective story decoding a long-forgotten link between seventeenth century Europe and China.

Timothy Brook's award-winning Vermeer's Hat unfolded...


The Letters of John F. Kennedy

by Martin W. Sandler

John Fitzgerald Kennedy led his nation for little more than a thousand days, yet his presidency is intensely remembered, not merely as a byproduct of his tragic fate. Kennedy steered the nation away from the...


The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring

by Paul Danahar

BBC bureau chief Paul Danahar sets out the new order in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, and explains what it will mean both for the region and the West.

For the past forty years the story of the Middle...


The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America

by Jonathan Lyons

Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries brought the Enlightenment to America�an intellectual revolution that laid the foundation for the political one that followed. With the �first Drudgery� of settling...


Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

by John Ferling

A spellbinding history of the epic rivalry that shaped our republic: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and their competing visions for America.

From the award-winning author of Almost a Miracle and The Ascent...


A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II

by Maury Klein

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and...


Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland

by Edward McClelland

A rich history of America's Rust Belt-its riveters, rioters, and the generations it raised-tracing the culture, society, and economics of the biggest Boom Town in our history


The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

Prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson explores the nature of leadership with his usual depth and vivid prose in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals...


Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.¿s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation

by Jonathan Rieder

The first ever trade history of a landmark of American letters--Martin Luther King Jr's legendary "Letter from Birmingham Jail."


Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain

by John Darwin

John Darwin's After Tamerlane, a sweeping six-hundred-year history of empires around the globe, marked him as a historian of "massive erudition" and narrative mastery. In Unfinished Empire, he marshals his gifts...


The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military

by , Rawn, Jr. James

The century-long struggle to achieve equality for America's black soldiers and sailors, in a stirring narrative history by the author of Root and Branch


Furies: War in Europe, 1450-1700

by Lauro Martines

Rich, intriguing history from a leading scholar of early modern Europe, bringing alive the wars and armies that shaped the contintent's path out of the Dark Ages to modernity


Fever Season: The Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City

by Jeanette Keith

Brilliant new history from an acclaimed scholar-the forgotten story of the epidemic that nearly destroyed an American city, and the desperate valor of those who stayed behind.