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Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

by Robert Darnton

This absorbing history by a brilliant scholar and writer deepens our understanding of how censorship works. With his uncanny ability to spark life in the past, Robert Darnton re-creates three historical worlds...


Pillboxes and Tank Traps

by Bernard Lowry

The very real threat of the invasion of Britain in 1940 initiated a huge military construction program. Around the vulnerable coasts of the country, as well as inland, were built thousands of pillboxes, anti-tank...


Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony

by Leslie Carroll

It's no secret that the marriages of monarchs are often made in hell. Here are some of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history....

In a world where many kings, queens, and princes...


Cromwell was Framed: Ireland 1649

by Tom Reilly

Revealed: The definitive research that proves the Irish nation owes Oliver Cromwell a huge posthumous apology for wrongly convicting him of civilian atrocities in 1649.


The Great Illusion

by Norman Angell

If this, the fourth American edition, is bulkier than its predecessors, it is chiefly because the events of the last two years throw an interesting light upon the bearing of the book's main thesis on actual...


A History of Reading

by Alberto Manguel

At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book-that string of confused, alien ciphers-shivered into meaning, and at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader....


Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White

by Heidi Ardizzone & Earl Lewis

"Too important to be ignored....A fascinating look at America's obsession with race, pride, and privilege."—Essence When Alice Jones, a former nanny, married Leonard Rhinelander in 1924, she became the first...


The Final Over: The Cricketers of Summer 1914

by Christopher Sandford

August 1914 brought an end to the 'Golden Age' of English cricket. At least 210 professional cricketers (out of a total of 278 registered) signed up to fight, of whom 34 were killed. Cricket stands as both a...


Print Culture, Crime and Justice in 18th-Century London

by Richard M. Ward

In the first half of the 18th century there was an explosion in the volume and variety of crime literature published in London. This was a 'golden age of writing about crime', when the older genres of criminal...


Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe since 1945

by Jennifer V. Evans & Matt Cook

Queer Cities, Queer Cultures examines the formation and make-up of urban subcultures and situates them against the stories we typically tell about Europe and its watershed moments in the post 1945 period. The...


Handbook of the United States of America, 1880: A Guide to Emigration

by Lp Brockett

America’s “golden door” welcomed a huge wave of European immigrants between the 1880s and the 1920s. Millions passed through the gateway of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on their way to becoming...


Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

by Joshua Wolf Shenk

A rigorous and inspiring survey of the workings of creative pairings that shows us how great duos work together and how we can adapt their techniques in our own work and lives.


The African Diaspora: Slavery, Modernity, and Globalization

by Toyin Falola

The African diaspora is arguably the most important event in modern African history. From the fifteenth century to the present, millions of Africans have been dispersed -- many of them forcibly, others driven...


Cocaine Nation: How the White Trade Took Over the World

by Thomas Feiling

Cutting through the myths about the white trade, this is the story of cocaine as it's never been told before.

Cocaine is big business and getting bigger. Governments spend millions on a losing war against it,...


The Great War

by Isobel Charman

During the First World War three quarters of a million British people died - a figure so huge that it feels impossible to give it a human context. Consequently we struggle to truly grasp the impact this devastating...


That Option No Longer Exists: Britain 1974-76

by John Medhurst

The 1970s in Britain were years of immense social, cultural and political liberation aborted by a right-wing counter revolution.


The Woman and the Car: A Chatty Little Handbook for the Edwardian Motoriste

by Dorothy Levitt

The Woman and the Car is a faithfully reproduced, quirky classic from the dawn of motoring - and a testament to womankind's perennial claim on the steering wheel! Take a spin through a time - 1909 to be exact...


Cultural Renewal: Restoring the Liberal and Fine Arts

by Arthur Pontynen

The decline of interest in the liberal and fine arts is widely lamented. At issue is why this decline happened and how we might restore qualitative standards by which to live. Arthur Pontynen establishes that...


Women in British Public Life, 1914 - 50: Gender, Power and Social Policy

by Helen Jones

An examination of the ways in which women challenged the British educational, employment and welfare systems after the franchise. Helen Jones explores how women adapted their strategies to confront the system...


A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States

by Ilan Stavans

Enough with the dead white men! The true story of the United States lies with its most overlooked and marginalized peoples—the workers, immigrants, housewives, and slaves who built America from the ground up,...