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Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil

by Gustavo Procopio Furtado

This book examines the vibrant field of documentary filmmaking in Brazil from the transition to democracy in 1985 to the present. Marked by significant efforts toward the democratization of Brazil's highly unequal...

King and the Other America

by Sylvie Laurent

Shortly before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a radical redistribution of economic and political power to transform the whole of society. A neglected and obscured episode of the late Civil...

The War for the Common Soldier

by Peter S. Carmichael

How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the conflict? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael's sweeping new study of men at war. Based on close...

War is a Racket (The Profit That Fuels Warfare)

by Major General Smedley D. Butler

War Is a Racket is written by the most decorated American soldier in U.S. history, Major General Smedley D. Butler. Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests...

Revolutionary Threads

by Bobby Sullivan

  • Bobby Sullivan is one of the cofounders of Akashic Books.

  • Sullivan toured throughout North America and Europe in the 1980s as the frontman of Soulside (which also features Akashic publisher Johnny Temple on bass)....

  • Braided Waters

    by Wade Graham

    Braided Waters sheds new light on the relationship between environment and society by charting the history of Hawaii’s Molokai island over a 1,000-year period of repeated settlement. From the arrival of the...

    How the Shopping Cart Explains Global Consumerism

    by Andrew Warnes

    Picture a familiar scene: long lines of shoppers waiting to check out at the grocery store, carts filled to the brim with the week’s food. While many of us might wonder what is in each cart, Andrew Warnes...

    The Little Book of County Down

    by Doreen McBride

    The Little Book of County Down is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this ancient county. Here you will find out about Co.Down’s history, its literary heritage, its...

    The Ship

    by C. S. Forester

    Story of a battle engaged in by a British light cruiser in the Mediterranean. HMS Artemis is part of an escort task force protecting a convoy of supplies desperately needed by the British forces in Malta. It...

    British civic society at the end of empire

    by Anna Bocking-Welch

    This book is about the impact of decolonisation on British civic society in the 1960s. It shows how participants in middle class associational life developed optimistic visions for a post-imperial global role....

    Native American Landmarks (and Festivals)

    by Yvonne Wakim Dennis & Arlene Hirschfelder

    Native American culture and the history of the United States has always held a fascination for history buffs, students, teachers, and seekers of spiritual enlightenment as well as general readers. United States...

    The First and The Last

    by Adolf Galland

    A fearless leader with 104 victories to his name, Galland was a legendary hero in Germany's Luftwaffe. Now he offers an insider's look at the division's triumphs in Poland and France and the last desperate battle...

    Victorian England: Portrait of an Age

    by G.M. Young

    This brilliant and evocative book is now widely regarded as the greatest single study of the age in any language. The late George Kitson Clark characterized it as "an historical essay of unique interest and...

    Civil War in Central Europe, 1918-1921

    by Jochen Böhler

    The First World War did not end in Central Europe in November 1918. The armistices marked the creation of the Second Polish Republic and the first shot of the Central European Civil War which raged from 1918...

    The Art of War

    by active 6th century B.C. Sunzi


    Translated from the Chinese with Introduction and Critical Notes

    When Lionel Giles began his translation of Sun Tzu's ART OF WAR, the work was virtually unknown in Europe....

    Caesar Borgia

    by John Garner

    With the passing of the “great man theory,” biography and history have become completely separated, and a personality such as Caesar Borgia is interesting now chiefly as a product of the egoism of the age....

    Hunting the Bismarck

    by C. S. Forester

    The plan was for the  Bismarck to break out into the Atlantic — the very phrase indicates one of the problems faced by German sea power, getting past the British Isles — and operate beyond land-based air...

    The Smugglers' World

    by Jesse Cromwell

    The Smugglers' World examines a critical part of Atlantic trade for a neglected corner of the Spanish Empire. Testimonies of smugglers, buyers, and royal officials found in Venezuelan prize court records reveal...

    Embattled Freedom

    by Amy Murrell Taylor

    The Civil War was just days old when the first enslaved men, women, and children began fleeing their plantations to seek refuge inside the lines of the Union army as it moved deep into the heart of the Confederacy....

    This War Ain't Over

    by Nina Silber

    The New Deal era witnessed a surprising surge in popular engagement with the history and memory of the Civil War era. From the omnipresent book and film Gone with the Wind and the scores of popular theater productions...