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Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink

by Juliana Barbassa

In the tradition of Detroit: An American Autopsy and Maximum City comes a deeply reported and beautifully written biography of the seductive and chaotic city of Rio de Janeiro from prizewinning journalist and...


Social Transformations of the Victorian Age

by T. H. S. Escott

As it is today, so, during the earlier years of the present reign, both before and after the Great Exhibition of 1851, Hyde Park was the social parade ground, not only of the capital, but of the Kingdom. Then,...


Winterstoke

by L.T.C. Rolt

'It had always struck me that, despite its overwhelming importance in the story of mankind, far too little attention had been paid to the Industrial Revolution in literature and art . . . I conceived the idea...


Winterstoke

by L.T.C. Rolt

'It had always struck me that, despite its overwhelming importance in the story of mankind, far too little attention had been paid to the Industrial Revolution in literature and art . . . I conceived the idea...


Neither Nowt Nor Summat

by Ian McMillan

I’m going to define the essence of this sprawling place as best I can. I’m going to start here, in this village, and radiate out like a ripple in a pond. I don’t want to go to the obvious places, either;...


Titans of History

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

In Titans of History Simon Sebag Montefiore, one of our pre-eminent historians, presents the lives of the giants who have made our world. The cast varies from conquerors, poets, kings, empresses and whores to...


The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology

by Aldon Morris

In this groundbreaking book, Aldon D. Morris's ambition is truly monumental: to help rewrite the history of sociology and to acknowledge the primacy of W. E. B. Du Bois's work in the founding of the discipline....


Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World

by Mark Haskell Smith

People have been getting naked in public for reasons other than sex for centuries. But as novelist and narrative journalist Mark Haskell Smith shows in Naked at Lunch, being a nudist is more complicated than...


The Secrets of the Ku Klux Klan

by Ezra Asher Cook

"To the old Ku-Klux Klan which rode through the south in the days following the civil war the new Ku-Klux Klan is a relative only in name. It is not tied by blood. It holds the same position to its southern...


Women of Valor

by Ellen Hampton

Women of Valor tells the extraordinary story of the Rochambelles, the only women's unit to serve on the front lines of World War II. Some of them had been proper young ladies stranded abroad by the German invasion...


Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

by Konrad H. Jarausch

A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.Konrad Jarausch describes how the European...


1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar

by Eric Burns

One of the most dynamic eras in American history—the 1920s—began with this watershed year that would set the tone for the century to follow. "The Roaring Twenties” is the only decade in American history...


America the Black Point of View - An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe and the Autobiography of an American Gh

by Tony Rose

AN AMERICAN MASTERPIECE....savagely written and beautifully told. An autobiographical history book. The book, America The Black Point of View: An Investigation and Study of The White People of America and Western...


Children of the Raj

by Vyvyen Brendon

Vyvyen Brendon's evocative, at times heart-tugging book, runs from the 18th century and the East India Company, through the Afghan wars, the Indian mutiny and the more settled era of the Queen Empress, and culminates...


Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975

by Barbara J. Love & Nancy F Cott

Documenting key feminists who ignited the second wave women's movement


Achebe and Friends at Umuahia

by Terri Ochiagha

This is the first in-depth scholarly study of the literary awakening of the young intellectuals who became known as Nigeria's "first-generation" writers in the post-colonial period. Terri Ochiagha's research...


A Companion to Julian of Norwich

by Liz Herbert McAvoy

Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth/early fifteenth-century anchoress and mystic, is one of the most important and best-known figures of the Middle Ages. Her Revelations, intense visions of the divine, have been...


Blockbuster!: Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab

by Lucy Sussex

Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab-the biggest, and fastest-selling, detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia's first literary blockbuster...


Through the Keyhole: Sex, Scandal and the Secret Life of the Country House

by Susan C Law

The potent allure of sex, money and power has always created a public appetite for juicy tales of scandal in the hidden private lives of the English aristocracy. Millions of viewers are captivated by the television...


The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession

by Virginia Jenkins

Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive...