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The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan

by Ivan Morris

Ivan Morris’s definitive and widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and melancholy world of ancient Japan.

Using The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan’s Heian period as a frame...


Crowded with Genius: Edinburgh, 1745-1789

by James Buchan

In the early eighteenth century, Edinburgh was a filthy backwater town synonymous with poverty and disease. Yet by century's end, it had become the marvel of modern Europe, home to the finest minds of the day...


Capone: The Man and the Era

by Laurence Bergreen

In this brilliant history of Prohibition and its most notorious gangster, acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen takes us to the gritty streets of Chicago where Al Capone forged his sinister empire. Bergreen...


Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire

by Garry Wills

Garry Wills's Venice: Lion City is a tour de force -- a rich, colorful, and provocative history of the world's most fascinating city in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when it was at the peak of its glory....


Every Man a Speculator

by Steve Fraser

Americans have experienced a love-hate relationship with Wall Street for two hundred years. Long an object of suspicion, fear, and even revulsion, the Street eventually came to be seen as an alluring pathway...


Honor Thy Father

by Gay Talese

A classic masterwork newly updated

The electrifying true story of the rise and fall of New York's notorious Bonanno crime family

On New York's Park Avenue on a rainy Tuesday night in October 1964, the famous Mafia...


The Mexicans

by Patrick Oster

The Mexicans is a multifaceted portrait of the complex, increasingly turbulent neighbor to our south. It is the story of a country in crisis -- poverty, class tensions, political corruption -- as told through...


It's Our Turn to Eat

by Michela Wrong

In January 2003, Kenya—seen as the most stable country in Africa—was hailed as a model of democracy after the peaceful election of its new president, Mwai Kibaki. By appointing respected longtime reformer...


Sherman

by Lee B. Kennett

In Sherman, Lee Kennett offers a brilliant new interpretation of the general's life and career, one that probes his erratic, contradictory nature. Here we see the making of a true soldier, beginning with the...


Hertfordshire: A Landscape History

by Anne Rowe & Tom Williamson

Dividing the county of Hertfordshire into four broad regions—the “champion” countryside in the north, the Chiltern dip slope to the west, the fertile boulder clays of the east, and the unwelcoming London...


Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan

by Frederik L. Schodt

A wide-ranging, readable account of an eccentric and exceptional man who crossed cultures and changed history.


Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages

by Matsuo Basho & Hiroaki Sato

Matsuo Basho (1644-94) is considered Japan's greatest haiku poet. Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi) is his masterpiece. Ostensibly a chronological account of the poet's five-month journey in 1689...


Tel El-Kebir 1882: Wolseley's Conquest of Egypt

by Donald Featherstone

Osprey's Campaign title for the battle of Tel El-Kebir of 1882. In 1881, the Egyptian army mutinied against the Khedive of Egypt and forced him to appoint Said Ahmed Arabi as Minister of War. In March 1882,...


A Short Life of Kierkegaard

by Walter Lowrie & Alastair Hannay

A small, insignificant-looking intellectual with absurdly long legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a veritable Hans Christian Andersen caricature of a man. A strange combination of witty cosmopolite and...


A Thriver's Journey

by Daniel Himmel

Born on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains in 1929, author Dan Himmel’s father soon joined the line of the condemned at the Birkenau death camp at the tender age of 15. He survived transfer to several...


The Lost Fens: England's Greatest Ecological Disaster

by Ian D Rotherham

The Lost Fens is the history of the cultural landscape of the Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire Fenlands from the Humber to the Vale of York, to Norfolk. The book draws together the story of changing...


Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

by Doris Garimara Pilkington

This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back...


The Battle of Britain: The Greatest Air Battle of World War II

by Richard Alexander Hough & Denis Richards

A definitive account of the three-month air battle in 1940 between the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe.The victory of the Battle of Britain ranks with Marathon and the Marne as a decisive point in history....


Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950

by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore

“Remarkable . . . an eye-opening book [on] the freedom struggle that changed the South, the nation, and the world.” —Washington Post The civil rights movement that looms over the 1950s and 1960s was the...


Global Intellectual History

by Samuel Moyn & Andrew Sartori

Where do ideas fit in historical accounts that take an expansive, global view of human movements and events? Teaching intellectual history scholars to incorporate transnational perspectives into their work,...