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The Beauty of Birds: From "Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience"

by Jeremy Mynott

Spring returns and with it the birds. But it also brings throngs of birders who emerge, binoculars in hand, to catch a glimpse of a rare or previously unseen species or to simply lay eyes on a particularly fine...


On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred

by Paul Reitter

Today, the term "Jewish self-hatred" often denotes a treasonous brand of Jewish self-loathing, and is frequently used as a smear, such as when it is applied to politically moderate Jews who are critical of Israel....


The International Human Rights Movement: A History

by Aryeh Neier

During the past several decades, the international human rights movement has had a crucial hand in the struggle against totalitarian regimes, cruelties in wars, and crimes against humanity. Today, it grapples...


The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire

by Taner Akçam

Introducing new evidence from more than 600 secret Ottoman documents, this book demonstrates in unprecedented detail that the Armenian Genocide and the expulsion of Greeks from the late Ottoman Empire resulted...


This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age

by William E. Burrows

It was all part of man's greatest adventure--landing men on the Moon and sending a rover to Mars, finally seeing the edge of the universe and the birth of stars, and launching planetary explorers across the...


The Boy in the Suitcase: Holocaust Family Stories of Survival

by Sheryl Cohn

Each chapter within The Boy in the Suitcase tells a different story of families throughout the world who have been affected by the Holocaust. This book also covers the trauma of second generation children of...


Christians and Pagans: The Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede

by Malcolm Lambert

Christians and Pagans offers a comprehensive and highly readable account of the coming of Christianity to Britain, its coexistence or conflict with paganism, and its impact on the lives of both indigenous islanders...


The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration, 1560-1660

by Margaret Willes

In the century between the accession of Elizabeth I and the restoration of Charles II, a horticultural revolution took place in England, making it a leading player in the European horticultural game. Ideas were...


Islamization from Below: The Making of Muslim Communities in Rural French Sudan, 1880-1960

by Brian J. Peterson

The colonial era in Africa, spanning less than a century, ushered in a more rapid expansion of Islam than at any time during the previous thousand years. In this groundbreaking historical investigation, Brian...


Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century

by Jonathan Glover

This important book confronts the brutal history of the twentieth century to unravel the psychological mystery of why so many atrocities occurred--the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Gulag, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Rwanda,...


Dreaming of Cockaigne: Medieval Fantasies of the Perfect Life

by Herman Pleij & Diane Webb

Imagine a dreamland where roasted pigs wander about with knives in their backs to make carving easy, where grilled geese fly directly into one's mouth, where cooked fish jump out of the water and land at one's...


Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912

by Donald Keene

This is the extraordinary story of how Japan was dramatically transformed during the long reign of Emperor Meiji, from an isolated island nation to one of the five great powers of the world, poised as a rival...


The Columbia Guide to Irish American History

by Timothy J. Meagher

Once seen as threats to mainstream society, Irish Americans have become an integral part of the American story. More than 40 million Americans claim Irish descent, and the culture and traditions of Ireland and...


The Long War

by Andrew J. Bacevich

Essays by a diverse and distinguished group of historians, political scientists, and sociologists examine the alarms, emergencies, controversies, and confusions that have characterized America's Cold War, the...


Jew Today

by Elie Wiesel

In this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, letters and diary entries, weaving together all the periods of the author's life -- from his childhood in Transylvania to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Paris,...


The Awful Grace of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Stuart Wexler & Larry Hancock

The Awful Grace of God chronicles a multi-year effort to kill Martin Luther King Jr. by a group of the nation’s most violent right-wing extremists. Impeccably researched and thoroughly documented, this examines...


1616: The World in Motion

by Thomas Christensen

The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic...


Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought

by David Biale

Not in the Heavens traces the rise of Jewish secularism through the visionary writers and thinkers who led its development. Spanning the rich history of Judaism from the Bible to today, David Biale shows how...


Political Antislavery Discourse and American Literature of the 1850s

by David Grant

This study examines how the political anti-slavery challenge to the North informed American literature of the 1850s. As the works of Stowe, Whittier, Willis, and Whitman reveal, the political discourse and literature...


Icon and Axe: An Interpretative History of Russian Culture

by James Billington

"A rich and readable introduction to the whole sweep of Russian cultural and intellectual history from Kievan times to the post-Khruschev era." - Library Journal. Illustrations, references, index.

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