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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2000

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard.

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth...


The Reach of Rome: A Journey Through the Lands of the Ancient Empire, Following a Coin

by Alberto Angela & Gregory Conti

In this unconventional and accessible history, Italian best-seller Alberto Angela literally follows the money to map the reach and power of the Roman Empire. To see a map of the Roman Empire at the height of...


The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

by Graham Robb

A treasure hunt that uncovers the secrets of one of the world’s great civilizations, revealing dramatic proof of the extreme sophistication of the Celts, and their creation of the earliest accurate map of...


Augustus

by Patricia Southern

The first Emperor of Rome holds a perennial fascination for anyone with an interest in the Romans and their Empire. Augustus was a truly remarkable man who brought peace after many years of civil wars and laid...


Religious Scholars and the Umayyads: Piety-Minded Supporters of the Marwanid Caliphate

by Steven Judd

Religious Scholars and the Umayyads analyzes legal and theological developments during the Marwānid period (64/684--132/750), focusing on religious scholars who supported the Umayyads. Their scholarly network...


The Politics of Refugees in South Asia: Identity, Resistance, Manipulation

by Navine Murshid

Partition and post-colonial migrations - sometimes voluntary, often forced - have created borders in South Asia that serve to oppress rather than protect. Migrants and refugees feel their real home lies beyond...


Early Civilizations of Southeast Asia

by Dougald Jw O reilly

Early Civilizations of Southeast Asia presents a fascinating synthesis of research on the prehistoric societies of mainland Southeast Asia. Drawing on archaeological and historical research, both old and new,...


Churchill's Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race

by Graham Farmelo

Perhaps no scientific breakthrough has shaped the course of human history as much as the harnessing of the atom. Yet the twentieth century might have turned out entirely differently had this powerful technology...


"Mr. President": George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office

by Harlow Giles Unger

In this startling, action-filled drama, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals one of the most significant yet least known chapters in American history: how George Washington converted his ceremonial...


Tale of the Genji: Translation, Canonization, and the World Literature

by Michael Emmerich

Ambitious and engrossing, this volume thoroughly revises the conventional narrative of The Tale of Genji’s early modern and modern history, arguing that until the 1930s readers were less familiar with the...


The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India

by Peter van der Veer

The Modern Spirit of Asia challenges the notion that modernity in China and India are derivative imitations of the West, arguing that these societies have transformed their ancient traditions in unique and...


The Maltby Brothers' Civil War

by Norman C. Delaney

On December 11, 1863, a US brigadier general and a Confederate artillery captain met on board the packet steamer Diligent on the Mississippi River below Vicksburg. The Confederate officer had not come on board...


The Martial Imagination: Cultural Aspects of American Warfare

by Jimmy L. Bryan

Martial experiences and the mythologies that surround them have profoundly affected the ways in which Americans think of themselves. Wars identify the heroes who help define national character, provide the stories...


Violent Delights, Violent Ends: Sex, Race, and Honor in Colonial Cartagena de Indias

by Nicole von Germeten

This study of sexuality in seventeenth-century Latin America takes the reader beneath the surface of daily life in a colonial city.


Paul Robeson: A Watched Man

by Jordan Goodman

Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African American singer was the voice of the people, both on...


Big Bend's Ancient & Modern Past

by Robert J. Mallouf, Bruce A. Glasrud & Lonn Taylor

The Big Bend region of Texas—variously referred to as “El Despoblado” (the uninhabited land), “a land of contrasts,” “Texas’ last frontier,” or simply as part of the Trans-Pecos—enjoys a long,...


The Eyes of Orion: Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War

by Alex Vernon

Alex Vernon with Neal Creighton, Jr., Greg Downey, Rob Holmes, and David Trybula with foreword by General Barry R. McCaffrey, retired (commander of the 24th Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm) Winner...


A Light and Uncertain Hold: History of the Sixty Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

by David Thackery

Curiosity piqued by two poems written by his great-great-grandmother, one recounting the pride and anxiety of a young woman as she witnessed her brother going off to fight in a war to save the Union, and the...


On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story

by Cdr. Richard Jadick & Thomas Hayden

At age thirty-eight, Navy Dr. Richard Jadick was too old to be called up to the front lines-but not too old to volunteer. This is the inspiring story of one man's decision to enter into the fray-and a compelling...


Denmark Vesey's Revolt: The Slave Plot That Lit a Fuse to Fort Sumter

by John Lofton & Peter C. Hoffer

In 1822, Denmark Vesey was found guilty of plotting an insurrection-what would have been the biggest slave uprising in U.S. history. A free man of color, he was hanged along with 34 other African Americans in...