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Nicola Sturgeon

by David Torrance

indispensable ... an illuminating appraisal' - Alex Massie, Spectator 'A fascinating portrait of one of the most powerful politicians in the United Kingdom' - Euan McColm, Scotland on Sunday 'David Torrance's...

Angelic Music: The Story of Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica

by Corey Mead

“With spirited charm, Mead weaves history, music, science, and medicine into the story...Fascinating, insightful, and, best of all, great fun.” —The Washington Post

A jewel of musical history—the story...

The Promise of Canada: 150 Years--People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country

by Charlotte Gray

What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over 150 years of Canadian history.

“Our country owes its success not to some imagined tribal...

Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin

by Janice N. Harrington

Biographical poems on artist Horace H. Pippin, who left an invaluable record of African American life during World War I.

Guilty Thing

by Frances Wilson

A dynamic biography of one of the most mysterious members of Wordsworth’s circle and the last of the Romantics

Thomas De Quincey was an obsessive. He was obsessed with Wordsworth and Coleridge, whose Lyrical...

Swifty: A Life of Yvonne Swift

by Edmund Campion

The extraordinary story of how a devoted nun became an equally devoted campaigner for justice - as a successful criminal defence lawyer. When Yvonne Benedicta Swift entered the Sacre Coeur convent in Rose Bay...

With the Flag in the Channel

by James Barnes

The project The voyage of the Charming Peggy Boarded In Holland and France Commissioned The Surprise The Channel cruise The Harwich packet The arrest In Paris again The Revenge Sailing orders In the Channel...

The Seafarers

by John Bloundelle-burton

Sweeter than Blue-Eyed Violets or the Damask Rose' Stephen Charke 'Let those love now who never loved before' Portsmouth en fête 'So farewell, Hope!' 'And bend the gallant Mast, my Boys' 'An Ocean Waif' 'His...

England and Napoleon

by S. E. Winbolt

This series of English History Source Books is intended for use with any ordinary textbook of English History. Experience has conclusively shown that such apparatus is a valuable—nay, an indispensable—adjunct...

Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland

by Clara Barton

Clara Barton, humanitarian and founder of the American Red Cross, spent the last 15 years of her life in a house in Glen Echo, Maryland, now known as Clara Barton National Historic Site. Here her contributions...

Biographical Anecdotes of William Hogarth

by William Hogarth

The author of these imperfect sheets cannot present them a second time to the world, before he has expressed his gratitude for the extreme candour with which they have been treated by the Monthly Reviewers....

Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady

by Susan Quinn

A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant...

My Year of the Great War

by Frederick Palmer

In "The Last Shot,” which appeared only a few months before the Great War began, drawing from my experience in many wars, I attempted to describe the character of a conflict between two great European land-powers,...

Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School

by Stuart Jeffries

This brilliant group biography asks who were the Frankfurt School and why they matter today

In 1923, a group of young radical German thinkers and intellectuals came together to at Victoria Alle 7, Frankfurt,...

Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life

by Jeff Wilser

The life—and lessons—of the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, long before becoming the subject of Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical

Two centuries after his death,...


by Sunil Khilnani

An entertaining and provocative account of India’s past, written by one of the country’s leading thinkers

For all of India’s myths, its sea of stories and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously...

Moscow Nights

by Nigel Cliff

Gripping narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic story of a remarkable young Texan pianist, Van Cliburn, who played his way through the wall of fear built by the Cold War, won the hearts of the American...

True Stories of History and Biography

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In writing this ponderous tome, the author's desire has been to describe the eminent characters and remarkable events of our annals, in such a form and style, that the YOUNG might make acquaintance with them...

John Aubrey, My Own Life

by Ruth Scurr

Born on the brink of the modern world, John Aubrey was witness to the great intellectual and political upheavals of the seventeenth century. He knew everyone of note in England—writers, philosophers, mathematicians,...

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

by Artemis Joukowsky & Ken Burns

Official companion to the Ken Burns film premiering September 20, 2016, on PBS tells the little-known story of the Sharps, an otherwise ordinary couple whose faith and commitment to social justice inspired them...