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Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre

by Jonathan Israel

Historians of the French Revolution used to take for granted what was also obvious to its contemporary observers—that the Revolution was shaped by the radical ideas of the Enlightenment. Yet in recent decades,...


Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... and Why It Matters Today

by Kerry Zukus & Edouard Kayihura

In 2004, the Academy Award–nominated movie Hotel Rwanda lionized hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina for single-handedly saving the lives of all who sought refuge in the Hotel des Mille Collines during Rwanda’s...


Arctic Twilight: Leonard Budgell and Canada's Changing North

by Claudia Coutu Radmore

In a series of beautifully crafted letters, former Hudson's Bay Company "servant" Leonard Budgell describes life in the Canadian North from the 1920s to the 1980s, as could only be done by someone who lived...


The Second War with England

by Joel T. Headley

American author, journalist and all-around renaissance man Joel T. Headley was a detail-oriented historian and interpreter of cultures and events who wrote about dozens of conflicts, historical figures, and...


Black Eyes and the Daily Grind

by Lafcadio Hearn

In the second volume of Lafcadio Hearn's essays on the culture of nineteenth-century Japan, readers are given an firsthand look inside a society that was long cloaked by secrecy and a suspicion of outsiders....


The Storm: Or, a Collection of the Most Remarkable Casualties and Disasters Which Happen'd in the Late Dreadful Tempest, Both by

by Daniel Defoe

British author Daniel Defoe is known as one of the early innovators of the book-length novel, especially in his works Moll Flanders and Robinson Crusoe. In The Storm, Defoe creates another literary landmark...


Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence

by Francis Grose

Throughout history, most dictionaries have served the purpose of preserving the purity of the language, usually preferring the erudite vocabulary of the affluent upper classes to the salty, constantly evolving...


Mary and I: Forty Years with the Sioux

by Stephen Return Riggs

Born in Ohio, Stephen Return Riggs spent much of his life working as a missionary amongst members of the Dakota Sioux tribe in what is now the state of Minnesota. During this period, he also worked to document...


Chicago

by L. O. Curon

Chicago has long had a reputation as being a rough-and-tumble metropolis full of shady characters and run by politicians of dubious moral character. This hard-hitting true-crime expose indicates that the city...


Knickerbocker's History of New York: Complete

by Washington Irving

Today, author Washington Irving is best remembered for the iconic tales "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." However, Irving also produced a number of well-regarded works of history and biography....


United States Bill of Rights

by United States of America

One of the most remarkable characteristics of the U.S. Constitution is its mutability. The procedure for amending the Constitution ensures that it will always be a living document that reflects the evolving...


The United States Constitution

by Founding Fathers

One of the most influential documents ever written, the U.S. Constitution delineates not only the basic structure of the entire federal government, but also limns the democratic principles and philosophies that...


Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation: With Modifications to Obsolete Language

by Thomas More & Monica Stevens

Renaissance philosopher and statesman Thomas More played a central role in defending the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation. When he opposed Henry VIII's move to distance himself from the Church...


The Expert Maid-Servant

by Cristine Terhune Herrick

There has been a resurgence of interest in early-twentieth-century domestic service of late, due in large part to the remarkable popularity of the television series Downton Abbey. Many of the real-life analogues...


On the Eve of the Millenium: The Future of Democracy Through an Age of Unreason

by Conor Cruise O'brien

"All my life," writes Conor Cruise O'Brien, "I have been fascinated and puzzled by nationalism and religion; by the interaction of the two forces, sometimes in unison, sometimes antagonistic." In these wide-ranging...


The Jesuits, 1534-1921: A History of the Society of Jesus from its Foundation to the Present Time

by Thomas J. Campbell

The largest religious order in the Catholic Church, the Jesuits have played a major role in the religion since the order's founding in 1540. In this comprehensive history from Thomas J. Campbell, the contribution...


Mary Queen of Scots in History

by C. A. Campbell

Dozens, if not hundreds, of scholarly works, biographies, and even fictionalized novels have been based on the dramatic life of Mary Queen of Scots, who ruled over both her native Scotland and France before...


The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan

by Winston S. Churchill

Regarded as one of the greatest statesmen and political strategists of the twentieth century, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also lauded for his strengths as a military thinker. In this gripping...


London's Underworld

by Thomas Holmes

Though London has an international reputation of being the bastion of prim decorum and highly formal social mores, the city has long been a hub for nefarious criminals, as well. Thomas Holmes provides a fascinating...


Old-Time Makers of Medicine: The Story of the Students and Teachers of the Sciences Related to Medicine During the Middle Ages

by James J. Walsh

Looking back from the vantage-point of the 21st century, medieval medicine seems hopelessly antiquated and even alarmingly ignorant. But today's advanced medical technology wouldn't be possible without those...