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Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

by Ellen Kaplan & Robert Kaplan

The untold history of the most famous relation in mathematics and what it illustrates about the nature of human reasoning.


El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

by Ioan Grillo

A gripping, sobering account of how Mexican drug gangs have transformed into a criminal insurgency that threatens the nation's democracy and reaches across to the United States.


Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury

by Alison Light

A revealing new "Upstairs Downstairs" perspective on the Bloomsbury set and the servants who shared their lives.


The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution

by Denis Dutton

In a groundbreaking new book that does for art what Stephen Pinker's The Language Instinct did for linguistics, Denis Dutton revolutionizes our understanding of art and overturns a century of art theory and...


Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

by James Booth

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) is one of the most beloved poets in English. Yet after his death a largely negative image of the man himself took hold; he has been portrayed as a racist, a misogynist and a narcissist....


Economics: The User's Guide

by Ha-Joon Chang

In his bestselling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and...


Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life

by Chris Farrell

The budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that a wave of baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded...


Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made

by Tom Wilkinson

We don't just look at buildings: their facades, beautiful or ugly, conceal the spaces where we live. We are born, work, love, and die in architecture. We buy and sell it, rent and squat it, create and destroy...


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


Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India¿s Unruly Democracy

by Simon Denyer

Five years ago, India was an emerging world power being courted by the world's most powerful political and business leaders, an upbeat story of unparalleled economic growth. Since then, it has failed to account...


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 not...


The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act

by Clay Risen

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the single most important piece of legislation passed by Congress in American history. It gave the government sweeping powers to strike down segregation, to enforce fair hiring...


The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

by Miriam Pawel

Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades...


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 Civil...


Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership

by Janice Marturano

Executives and leaders from all over North America, and at Davos, have sought out Janice Marturano's mindful leadership training. FINDING THE SPACE TO LEAD brings it to readers everywhere.


Obamacare: What's in It for Me?: What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act

by Wendell Potter

On January 1, 2014, the most important consumer protections in ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act) go into effect. With both supporters and opponents of the law debating its merits and its controversial rollout,...