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Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth

by Hilary Spurling

One of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary Americans, Pearl Buck was the first person to make China accessible to the West.

 

She recreated the lives of ordinary Chinese people in The Good Earth, an...


Walking Broad: Looking for the Heart of Brotherly Love

by Bruce Buschel

Wedged between the hustle of New York and the grandeur of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is America's smallest big city, America's biggest small city, and America's most American city. It is also a city in flux....


Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Jennifer J. Yanco

We all know the name. Martin Luther King Jr., the great American civil rights leader. But most people today know relatively little about King, the campaigner against militarism, materialism, and racism-what...


Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India

by Narendra Jadhav

Every sixth human being in the world today is an Indian, and every sixth Indian is an untouchable. For thousands of years the untouchables, or Dalits, the people at the bottom of the Hindu caste system, have...


A Carpet of Jacaranda

by Ann Major

Of Jewish origin but thoroughly assimilated, Ann Major's enormously successful family, especially in terms of cultural and scientific achievement, lived confident in the future. Little did they realize that...


Sons of Providence

by Charles Rappleye

In 1774, as the new world simmered with tensions that would lead to the violent birth of a new nation, two Rhode Island brothers were heading toward their own war over the issue that haunts America to this day:...


Pat and Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage

by Will Swift

In “the most humanizing portrait of the Nixons we’re likely to have” (Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite), a leading historian presents a sweeping portrait of the relationship between Richard and Pat...


In the Name of Honor: A Memoir

by Marie-Therese Cuny, Mukhtar Mai & Nicholas D. Kristof

In June 2002, journalists throughout the world began to hear of the gang rape of a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala. The rape was ordered by a local clan known as the Mastoi and was...


LBJ: Architect of American Ambition

by Randall Woods

For almost forty years, the verdict on Lyndon Johnson's presidency has been reduced to a handful of harsh words: tragedy, betrayal, lost opportunity. Initially, historians focused on the Vietnam War and how...


An American Life: The Autobiography

by Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan’s autobiography is a work of major historical importance. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life—public and private—told in a book both frank and compellingly readable.

Few presidents...


St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography

by Philip Freeman

Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend: he drove the snakes out of Ireland; he triumphed over Druids and their supernatural powers; he used a shamrock to explain the Christian mystery of the...


Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook

by Martin Dugard

James Cook never laid eyes on the sea until he was in his teens. He then began an extraordinary rise from farmboy outsider to the hallowed rank of captain of the Royal Navy, leading three historic journeys that...


The Mirror of Herodotus: The Representation of the Other in the Writing of History

by François Hartog & Janet Lloyd

This work examines Herodotus's writings on the historical conflict between the Greeks and the Persians. Particular attention is paid to Herodotus's depiction of cultural difference. This digital edition was...


Mad Mitch's Tribal Law

by Aaron Edwards

Aden, 20 June 1967: two army Land Rovers burn ferociously in the midday sun. The bodies of British soldiers litter the road. Thick black smoke bellows above Crater town, home to insurgents who are fighting the...


The Infernal World of Branwell Bront

by Daphne Du Maurier

"Miss du Maurier has brought to the art of the biography the narrative urgency which gives such animation to her storytelling." -New York Times Book Review

Pursued by the twin demons of drink and madness, Branwell...


God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation

by Joseph Sebarenzi & Laura Mullane

Joseph Sebarenzi’s parents, seven siblings, and countless other family members were among 800,000 Tutsi brutally murdered over the course of ninety days in 1994 by extremist Rwandan Hutu—an efficiency that...


The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York

by David Baldwin

On December 22, 1550 an old bricklayer named Richard Plantagenet was buried at Eastwell in Kent. Unusually for a bricklayer, he had been able to read Latin and, when pressed, he had claimed to be a natural son...


The Butcher of Poland: Hitler's Lawyer Hans Frank

by Garry O'Connor

The life of the Bavarian Hans Frank, one of the ten war criminals hanged at Nuremburg in 1946, who converted to Catholicism before he died, has not received the full attention the world has given to other Nazi...


Viva Che!: The Strange Death and Life of Che Guevara

by Andrew Sinclair

Useful for those interested in Che Guevara and the legacy he left behind, this book includes material which reveals how Che's death and example led to the revolutions of 1968, particularly in France, the UK...


Forgiveness

by Mark Sakamoto

The heart-rending true story of two families on either side of the Second World War—and a moving tribute to the nature of forgiveness

When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean traded his quiet yet...