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Crimes against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation

by Karl Jacoby

Crimes against Nature reveals the hidden history behind three of the nation's first parklands: the Adirondacks, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. Focusing on conservation's impact on local inhabitants, Karl...

Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times

by Miriam Silverberg

This history of Japanese mass culture during the decades preceding Pearl Harbor argues that the new gestures, relationship, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) expressed a self-consciously...

Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space, and the Dialectics of Memory

by Lisa Yoneyama

Remembering Hiroshima, the city obliterated by the world's first nuclear attack, has been a complicated and intensely politicized process, as we learn from Lisa Yoneyama's sensitive investigation of the "dialectics...

Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

by Gray Brechin

First published in 1999, this celebrated history of San Francisco traces the exploitation of both local and distant regions by prominent families-the Hearsts, de Youngs, Spreckelses, and others-who gained power...

Queen Victoria

by E Gordon Brown

This book, a contemporary account from the time, chronicles the life of Queen Victoria (1819 to 1901). She married all nine of her children into the royal houses of Europe, gave her name to an era, ruled over...

Iran at War: 1500-1988

by Kaveh Farrokh

Iran’s complex, violent military history encompasses two world wars, foreign intervention, anti-government revolts, border disputes, a revolution, a war against Iraq that lasted over eight years, and its desperate...

The Trumpet of Conscience

by Martin Luther Jr King

In November and December 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Massey Lecture Series of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The collection was immediately released as...

Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920

by Thomas R. Metcalf

An innovative remapping of empire, Imperial Connections offers a broad-ranging view of the workings of the British Empire in the period when the India of the Raj stood at the center of a newly globalized system...

It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past

by David Satter

Russia today is haunted by deeds that have not been examined and words that have been left unsaid. A serious attempt to understand the meaning of the Communist experience has not been undertaken, and millions...

Janacek and His World

by C. S. Manegold

Once thought to be a provincial composer of only passing interest to eccentrics, Leos Janácek (1854-1928) is now widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful and original creative figures of his time. Banned...

Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West

by William Mckeen

True tales of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in America’s southernmost city


For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the twenties. For others, later,...

The Threatening Storm: What Every American Needs to Know Before an Invasion in Iraq

by Kenneth Pollack

In The Threatening Storm, Kenneth M. Pollack, one of the world’s leading experts on Iraq, provides a masterly insider’s perspective on the crucial issues facing the United States as it moves toward a new...

The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism

by Stephen Schwartz

Since its formation in 1932, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by two interdependent families. The Al Sa’uds control politics and the descendants of Ibn Abd al-Wahhab impose Wahhabism—a violent, fanatical perversion...

Infidels: A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam

by Andrew Wheatcroft

Here is the first panoptic history of the long struggle between the Christian West and Islam.

In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity between...

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

by The Countess Of Carnarvon

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its...

Fraternity: In 1968, a visionary priest recruited 20 black men to the College of the Holy Cross and changed their lives and the course of history.

by Diane Brady


San Francisco Chronicle • The Plain Dealer

The inspiring true story of a group of young men whose lives were changed by a visionary mentor


On April 4, 1968, the...

The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History

by Philip Bobbitt

"We are at a moment in world affairs when the essential ideas that govern statecraft must change. For five centuries it has taken the resources of a state to destroy another state . . . This is no longer true,...

The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words

by Ronald C. Jr White

The fact that Abraham Lincoln is now universally recognized as America’s greatest political orator would have surprised many of the citizens who voted him into office. Ungainly in stature and awkward in manner,...

Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web

by Lynn H. Nicholas

To be a child in mid-twentieth-century Europe was to be not a person but an object, available for use in the service of the totalitarian state. Very soon after Adolf Hitler came to power, policies of eugenic...

India: A Wounded Civilization

by V.S. Naipaul

In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s “Emergency,” V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece:...