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Ancient Mysteries: Discover the latest intriguiging, Scientifically sound explinations to Age-old puzzles

by Peter James & Nick Thorpe

What was the Minotaur? Did a Welsh prince discover America? Did Robin Hood really exist? How does the Star of Bethlehem fit into the science of astronomy? Is the Vinland Map a fake? Can archaeologists use spirit...


Bali Chronicles: Fascinating People and Events in Balinese History

by Willard Hanna & Adrian Vickers

This book tells the story of Bali—the "paradise island of the Pacific"—its rulers and its people, and their encounters with the Western world.

Balinese history tells a fascinating story. For a thousand years,...


A Natural History of the Common Law

by S. Milsom

How does law come to be stated as substantive rules, and then how does it change? One of Britain's most acclaimed legal historians focuses on the development of English common law -- the intellectually coherent...


An Ace of the Eighth: An American Fighter Pilot's Air War in Europe

by Norman J. Fortier

FOR A FIGHTER PILOT IN THE MIGHTY EIGHTH, DEATH WAS ALWAYS A HEARTBEAT AWAY.

When the skies of Europe blazed with the fiercest air battles in history, fighter pilots like Norman “Bud” Fortier were in the...


All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe

by James Megellas

In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as “Maggie” to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne Division, his new “home” for the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains outside...


Sources of Japanese Tradition: Volume 1: From Earliest Times to 1600

by Wm. de Bary, Donald Keene & George Tanabe

A perennial best-seller, Sources of Japanese Tradition has long been a staple in classrooms and libraries, a handy and comprehensive reference for scholars and students, and an engaging introduction for general...


A Perfect Hell: The True Story of the Black Devils, the Forefathers of the Special Forces

by John Nadler

It’s 1942 and Hitler’s armies stand astride Europe like a colossus. Germany is winning on every front. This is the story of how one of the world’s first commando units, put together for the invasion of...


History of the Mafia

by Salvatore Lupo & Antony Shugaar

When we think of the Italian Mafia, we think of Marlon Brando, Tony Soprano, and the Corleones—iconic actors and characters who give shady dealings a mythical pop presence. Yet these sensational depictions...


Epistolary Korea: Letters in The Communicative Space of the Choson, 1392-1910

by JaHyun Haboush

By expanding the definition of "epistle" to include any writing that addresses the intended receiver directly, JaHyun Kim Haboush introduces readers to the rich epistolary practice of Chos?n Korea. The Chos?n...


Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment

by Anthony Lewis

More than any other people on earth, we Americans are free to say and write what we think. The press can air the secrets of government, the corporate boardroom, or the bedroom with little fear of punishment...


Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic

by Daniel Butler

One hundred years after the tragedy of the Titanic, a revised and updated edition of the New York Times bestselling account


The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup Against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela

by Brian Nelson

A dramatic retelling of how the 2002 uprising against Hugo Chavez evolved into a violent struggle for the soul of Venezuela and control of its most precious commodity, oil


Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727

by Nabil Matar

Traveling to archives in Tunisia, Morocco, France, and England, with visits to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Spain, Nabil Matar assembles a rare history of Europe's rise to power as seen through the eyes of those...


Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past

by Paul Cohen

Since its first publication, Paul A. Cohen's Discovering History in China has occupied a singular place in American China scholarship. Translated into three East Asian languages, the volume has become essential...


Two Rings: A Story of Love and War

by Millie Werber & Eve Keller

At the heart of this wrenching memoir of a teenage girl’s wartime survival is something utterly unexpected: a love story that blazes briefly in a dark corner of occupied Poland


Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform

by Marcus Noland, Stephan Haggard & Amartya Sen

In the mid-1990s, as many as one million North Koreans died in one of the worst famines of the twentieth century. Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland present the most comprehensive and penetrating account of the...


Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside

by Melissa L. Caldwell

Dacha Idylls is a lively account of dacha life and how Russians experience this deeply rooted tradition of the summer cottage amid the changing cultural, economic, and political landscape of postsocialist Russia....


Alcatraz: The Gangster Years

by David Ward

Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis, "Dock" Barker-these were just a few of the legendary "public enemies" for whom America's first supermax prison was created. In Alcatraz: The Gangster Years,...


The Columbia Guide to the Cold War

by Michael Kort

The Cold War was the longest conflict in American history, and the defining event of the second half of the twentieth century. Since its recent and abrupt cessation, we have only begun to measure the effects...


The Culture of the Book in Tibet

by Kurtis Schaeffer

The history of the book in Tibet involves more than literary trends and trade routes. Functioning as material, intellectual, and symbolic object, the book has been an instrumental tool in the construction of...