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The Hobbit and History: Companion to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Nancy R. Reagin & Janice Liedl

What do Gandalf and Merlin have in common, besides robes and magical staffs? Where do hobbits get their recipes, riddles, and love of rambling? What other Rings of Power were circulating in medieval Europe?...


The Private War of Sidney Reilly: A Tale of Revolutionary Russia

by Allan Torrey & Bill Barus

British master spy Sidney Reilly tries to prevent Lenin from taking power over Russia in 1918. He fails but soon discovers that he was betrayed. After investigating, Reilly goes back to Russia on one final high-stakes...


Havel: A Life

by Michael Zantovsky

Václav Havel was one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century: iconoclast and intellectual, renowned playwright turned political dissident, president of a united then divided nation, and dedicated...


Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...


Napoleon: A Life

by Andrew Roberts

The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War-winner of the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon 2014

Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his...


China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice

by Richard Bernstein

A riveting account of the watershed moment in America’s dealings with China that forever altered the course of East-West relations

As 1945 opened, America was on surprisingly congenial terms with China’s...


For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice

by Howard Schultz & Rajiv Chandrasekaran

A celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front.

Because so few of...


How Far From Austerlitz?

by Alistair Horne

A London Sunday Times Book of the Year

A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year


Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War

by James F. Dunnigan & Albert A. Nofi

Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive reality in a clear, concise manner. Containing more...


Captive Paradise

by James L. Haley

The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its “discovery” by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers...


The Hundred Years War: A People's History

by David Green

The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) dominated life in England and France for well over a century. It became the defining feature of existence for generations. This sweeping book is the first to tell the human...


THE BACK DOOR TO GLORY: A Novel of young men in war, and the women who love them

by JOSEPH M .OKANE

Boys quickly become old men in the brutality of the Italian campaign. From the bloody beaches of Salerno to the wars closing chapter in May 1945,every foot of Italian ground is gained only after a grueling death...


Dark Mirror

by Sara Lipton

In Dark Mirror, Sara Lipton offers a fascinating examination of the emergence of anti-Semitic iconography in the Middle Ages

The straggly beard, the hooked nose, the bag of coins, and gaudy apparel—the religious...


Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America

by Leslie Zemeckis & Blaze Starr

By the director of the hit documentary Behind the Burly Q comes the first ever oral history of American Burlesque--as told by the performers who lived it, often speaking out here for the first time. By telling...


Ships, Clocks, and Stars

by Richard Dunn & Rebekah Higgitt

A history of one of the greatest nautical discoveries of all time

Three hundred years ago, amidst growing frustration from the naval community and pressure linked with the increasing importance of international...


Chinese Rules

by Tim Clissold

From the author of the international bestseller Mr. China comes another rollicking ride through the slick mega-cities and industrial backwaters of twenty-first-century China—part adventure story, part erudite...


José Martí: A Revolutionary Life

by Alfred J. López

José Martí (1853-1895) was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the "Great Liberator" Simón Bolívar rivals Martí in stature and legacy. Beyond...


The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

by Louis Corsino

The remarkably sordid past of a Chicago suburb


Discovering the Olmecs: An Unconventional History

by David C. Grove

The Olmecs are renowned for their massive carved stone heads and other sculptures, the first stone monuments produced in Mesoamerica. Seven decades of archaeological research have given us many insights into...


America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation

by John Bicknell

The year 1844 saw a momentous presidential election, religious turmoil, westward expansion, and numerous other interwoven events that profoundly affected the U.S. as a nation. Author and journalist John Bicknell...