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This Mortal Coil

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

by Nancy Isenberg

"White Trash will change the way we think about our past and present."

—T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Custer's Trials

In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, extending...

The Victoria Crosses that Saved an Empire: The Story of the VCs of the Indian Mutiny

by Brian Best

The Indian Mutiny struck at the very heart of the British Empire. If India was lost the whole edifice of British domination across its colonies was in jeopardy. Everything was at stake, Britain’s leading role...

The United States of Beer

by Dane Huckelbridge

From the author of Bourbon, “the definitive history” (Sacramento Bee), comes the rollicking and revealing story of beer in America, in the spirit of Salt or Cod.

In The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge,...

Scott's Last Expedition - The Personal Journals Of Captain R. F. Scott, C.V.O., R.N., On His Journey To The South Pole

by R. F. Scott

Originally published in 1913, this volume contains a fascinating and detailed account of Sir Robert Falcon Scott's journey to the South Pole. Offering a complete collection of Scott's diary entries from his...

What They Didn't Teach You in American History Class: The Second Encounter

by Mike Henry

Even though in most cases, the names and events in the book will be recognizable, most of the stories about them will be new to the reader. If you're a young teacher, perhaps you'll find some material to help...

Everything Explained That Is Explainable: On the Creation of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910-1911

by Denis Boyles

The publication of the Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica in 1911 marked the last stand of the Enlightenment and a turbulent end to an era. The Eleventh Edition summed up the high point of optimism...

The Price of Prosperity

by Todd G. Buchholz

In this bold history and manifesto, a former White House director of economic policy exposes the economic, political, and cultural cracks that wealthy nations face and makes the case for transforming those same...

A Citizen's Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa

by Anine Kreigler & Mark Shaw

South Africans care a lot about crime. We think and worry about it, plan and insure against it, develop and share theories about it, read about it, and talk about it… a lot.

But how much do we really know?...


by Henry Kenney

On 6 September 1966, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was assassinated in Parliament by a deranged parliamentary messenger. The architect of apartheid was dead, sending shockwaves throughout South Africa and...

The Alchemy of Empire

Stockport in the Great War

by Glynis Cooper

Interest in the theft of cucumbers initially took precedence over news that war had been declared, but Stockport rallied quickly. Wakes week was cancelled, the local 6th Battalion of the Cheshires went to the...

The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World's Oldest Symbols

by Genevieve von Petzinger

One of the most significant works on our evolutionary ancestry since Richard Leakey’s paradigm-shattering Origins, The First Signs is the first-ever exploration of the little-known geometric images that accompany...

Navigational Instruments

by Richard Dunn

With over two-thirds of the globe covered by water, the ability to navigate safely and quickly across the oceans has been crucial throughout human history. As seafarers attempted longer and longer voyages from...

A Material Culture

The Gene: An Intimate History

by Siddhartha Mukherjee


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What...

The Boys in the Bunkhouse

by Dan Barry

With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual...

Summary of One of Us: by Asne Seierstad | Includes Analysis

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Summary of One of Us by Asne Seierstad | Includes Analysis



One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway is a journalistic account of the 2011 Norway terror attacks. The one-day...

As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation

by Rana B. Khoury

For some, the Great Recession that began in 2007 was a traumatic setback; for others, it was just another dip in a long descent from comfort and security. America is changing in profound ways, but we rarely...

Summary of SPQR: by Mary Beard | Includes Analysis

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Summary of SPQR by Mary Beard | Includes Analysis



SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard is a single-volume history of Ancient Rome. The book covers Roman history from its semi-mythical origins...