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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


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...


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...


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

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming...


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

by Victor Davis Hanson

Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to non-fiction in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat...


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

by Jonathan Rieder

"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here," declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that city of racist terror convinced that massive protest could topple Jim Crow. But the insurgency faltered. To...


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

Executive Order 9981, issued by President Harry Truman on July 26, 1948, desegregated all branches of the United States military by decree. EO 9981 is often portrayed as a heroic and unexpected move by Truman....


Furies: War in Europe, 1450-1700

by Lauro Martines

During the European Renaissance, an age marked equally by revolutionary thought and constant warfare, it was armies, rather than philosophers, who shaped the modern European nation state. "Mobile cities" of...


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

by Jeanette Keith

While the American South had grown to expect a yellow fever breakout almost annually, the 1878 epidemic was without question the worst ever. Moving up the Mississippi River in the late summer, in the span of...


Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans

by Brian Fagan

In Beyond the Blue Horizon, bestselling science historian Brian Fagan tackles his richest topic yet: the enduring mystery of the oceans, the planet's most forbidding terrain.This is not a tale of Columbus or...


City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

by P D Smith

For the first time in the history of the planet, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - are now living in cities. Two hundred years ago only 3 per cent of the world's population were urbanites,...


Mr. Churchill's Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book That Defined the "Special Relationship"

by Peter Clarke

In 1953, Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize-for Literature. In fact, Churchill was a professional writer before he was a politician, and published a stream of books and articles over the course of two...