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... and the Policeman Smiled: 10,000 Children Escape from Nazi Europe

by Bloomsbury Publishing

For ten months before the Second World War, there was an organised movement of mainly Jewish children out of Nazi Europe. The children were bundled onto trains, waved goodbye to their parents and set off across...


Discourse, Dictators and Democrats: Russia's Place in a Global Process

by Richard D. Anderson Jr

Many people take the trouble to vote even though each voter's prospect of deciding the election is nearly nil. Russians vote even when pervasive electoral fraud virtually eliminates even that slim chance. Could...


Distant Strangers: How Britain Became Modern

by Nicholas James Vernon

What does it mean to live in the modern world? How different is that world from those that preceded it, and when did we become modern?

In Distant Strangers, James Vernon argues that the world was made modern...


The Long Journey of Gracia Mendes

by Marianna D. Birnbaum

The historical biography of a true Jewish heroine in her day, Gracia Mendes. Born in 1510 in Portugal, the book details this woman's extraordinary personality until her death in 1569 in Constantinople (today's...


State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

by Judith Poucher

The Johns Committee, a product of the red scare in Florida, grabbed headlines and destroyed lives. Its goal was to halt integration by destroying the NAACP in Florida and smearing integrationists. Citizens were...


The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War

by A.J. Baime

The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle...


Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

by Mark Miodownik

An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, from concrete and steel to denim and chocolate, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science.


Turkey: A Short History

by Norman Stone

"Arresting … Stone’s Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions" —The Sunday Times In Turkey: A Short History the celebrated historian Norman Stone...


Winners & Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War (reissue)

by Gloria Emerson & Frances FitzGerald

The National Book Award–winning classic on the Vietnam War, reissued for the war’s fiftieth anniversary. Based on interviews with both Americans and Vietnamese, Winners and Losers is Gloria Emerson’s powerful...


Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

by William Cronon

"Magnificent... the best work of economic and business history I've ever read."—Paul Krugman In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century...


The Mafia Court: Corruption in Chicago

by John Russell Hughes

This rigorous examination of the court system is presented from a practical, citizen-based perspective and fueled by the firsthand anecdotes shared with the author by a member of the Mafia in Chicago. Touching...


Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country

by Giordano Nanni & Andrea James

Drawing from firsthand accounts, court testimony, and contemporary records, this history tells the story of Coranderrk, an Aboriginal community that operated successfully as a supplier of wheat and hops to Melbourne...


S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.

by Ruben Castaneda

During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job...


With the Beatles

by Lewis Lapham

Halfway between the summer of love and the Tet offensive, the Beatles went to India to study with the Maharishi—and Lewis Lapham, esteemed Harper's editor and award-winning writer, was there. WITH THE BEATLES...


Strike!

by Jeremy Brecher

Since its original publication in 1972, no book has done as much as Jeremy Brecher’s Strike! to bring American labor history to a wide audience. Strike! narrates the dramatic story of repeated, massive, and...


A History of Bassishaw Ward: c. 1200 - c. 1600

by PhD, Christine M. Fox & JP, Alderman Timothy Hailes

This is the first comprehensive yet accessible study of the history of Bassishaw Ward c.1200 - c.1600. It provides a detailed analysis of how the ward evolved physically, politically, financially, and spiritually...


Tropics of Savagery: The Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame

by Robert Tierney

Tropics of Savagery is an incisive and provocative study of the figures and tropes of "savagery" in Japanese colonial culture. Through a rigorous analysis of literary works, ethnographic studies, and a variety...


The Earth Shook, the Sky Burned: A Photographic Record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

by William Bronson

The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned has mesmerized San Francisco tourists and residents for decades. Illustrated with more than four hundred on-the-scene photographs, this definitive book tells the dramatic story...


A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences

by Alice Kessler-Harris

In this updated edition of a pathbreaking classic, Alice Kessler-Harris explores the meanings of women's wages in the United States in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, focusing on three issues that...


100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts

by Eric Kasum & Michael N. Smith

What were they thinking?

Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas.

From skinny-dipping Presidents to toxic tooth...