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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

by Dava Sobel

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the captivating, little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy

"Inspiring." People

"Sensitive, exacting, and lit with the...


Eugenics: A Very Short Introduction

Fallacies in the Allied Nations' Historical Perception as Observed by a British Journalist

by Henry Scott Stokes

British journalist Henry Scott-Stokes describes the transformation of his understanding of the Greater East Asian War (the so-called Pacific War) from uncritical acceptance of the western colonialist’s version...


The Vanquished

by Robert Gerwarth

A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2016

An epic, groundbreaking account of the ethnic and state violence that followed the end of World War I—conflicts that would shape the course of the twentieth century...


Three Book Sebald Set: The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, and Vertigo

by W. G. Sebald & Michael Hulse

The masterworks of W. G. Sebald, now in gorgeous new covers by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund New Directions is delighted to announce beautiful new editions of these three classic Sebald novels, including...


No Milk Today: The Vanishing World of the Milkman

by Andrew Ward

Traditionally, in British society, the milkman has been a family friend, a sex symbol and a cheerful chappie. He has been the eyes and ears of the community, and his genetic legacy has supposedly passed into...


Revolutionary Justice

Power and Glory

by R. T. Howard

Since the Second World War, France has pursued a clandestine international rivalry with Great Britain and, to a lesser extent, the United States. It has sometimes been jealous and resentful of the power and...


Israel

by Daniel Gordis

The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" (The Forward) living and writing in Jerusalem....


The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France

by Susan Rubin Suleiman

A fascinating look into the life and work of controversial French novelist Irène Némirovsky

Irène Némirovsky succeeded in creating a brilliant career as a novelist in the 1930s, only to have her life cut...


Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers

by Siegfried S Hecker

Doomed to Cooperate tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, Russia and the United States, who reached across political, geographic, and cultural divides to confront, together,...


Modern African Wars (5)

by Philip Jowett & Raffaele Ruggeri

With decades of research to draw from Philip Jowett explores this extraordinary David-and-Goliath conflict, where the rag-tag Igbo tribal army of secessionist Biafra faced off against the Nigerian Federal forces....


US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes 1944–45

by Mark Stille & Jim Laurier

The ineffectiveness of conventional air attacks on US Navy surface ships, particularly heavily defended targets like carrier task groups, forced the Japanese to re-evaluate their tactics in late 1944. The solution...


An African Volk

The Land Is Our History

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

by Craig Nelson

Published in time for the 75th anniversary, a gripping and definitive account of the event that changed twentieth-century America—Pearl Harbor—based on years of research and new information uncovered by...


Meanings and Values of Water in Russian Culture

by Jane Costlow & Arja Rosenholm

Bringing together a team of scholars from the diverse fields of geography, literary studies, and history, this is the first volume to study water as a cultural phenomenon within the Russian/Soviet context. Water...


Léon Harmel: Entrepreneur as Catholic Social Reformer

by Joan L. Coffey

"Coffey does a masterful job of situating Léon Harmel-his life, his work, his ideology-in the context of French political and social turmoil in the last third of the nineteenth century. More than a Catholic...


1996 And The End of History

by David Stubbs

1996 And The End of History examines the year as it panned out in the UK not just in politics but in music, light entertainment and sport. It was the zenith of a decade which will go down as remarkably untroubled...


1956: The World in Revolt

by Simon Hall

Vibrantly and perceptively told, this is the story of one remarkable year—a vivid history of exhilarating triumphs and shattering defeats around the world. 1956 was one of the most remarkable years of the...