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Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

Lionel Gelber Prize 2006

by Adam Hochschild

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the...


Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen

by Philip Dray

Reconstruction was a time of idealism and sweeping change, as the victorious Union created citizenship rights for the freed slaves and granted the vote to black men. Sixteen black Southerners, elected to the...


Two Souls Indivisible

by James S. Hirsch

An unforgettable true story, Two Souls Indivisible stirringly recounts the forging of a legendary, heroic bond between two soldiers. Fred Cherry and Porter Halyburton first met in their shared cell in a brutal...


Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West

by Deanne Stillman

Mustang is the sweeping story of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West. It follows the wild horse across time, from its evolutionary origins on this continent to...


Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man

by Oliver August

Inside the Red Mansion is a suspenseful, slyly entertaining journey into the heart of the new China. Due to a mix-up on a routine reporting assignment, Oliver August stumbles onto the hunt for China’s most...


King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Lionel Gelber Prize 1999

by Adam Hochschild

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering...


The Moon Opera

by Bi Feiyu, Howard Goldblatt & Sylvia Li-chun Lin

The debut novel of one of China’s rising young literary talents—a gem of a book that takes a piercing look into the world of Chinese opera and its female stars In a fit of diva jealousy, Xiao Yanqiu, star...


Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion

by Seth Stern & Stephen Wermiel

A biography of the driving force behind the Warren Court’s most progressive decisions, based on exclusive interviews with Brennan and unprecedented access to documents not available to the public until 2017:...


American Lynching

by Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

After observing the varying reactions to the 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. in Texas, called a lynching by some, denied by others, Ashraf Rushdy determined that to comprehend this event he needed to understand...


Victorian Bloomsbury

by Rosemary Ashton

While Bloomsbury is now associated with Virginia Woolf and her early-twentieth-century circle of writers and artists, the neighborhood was originally the undisputed intellectual quarter of nineteenth-century...


Behind the Red Door: Sex in China

by Richard Burger

A sexual revolution is underway in China. Traditional morals and behavior are being turned on their head as the country's climb towards economic prosperity brings sex into the open. But it is a revolution distinctly...


Being Lucky: Reminiscences and Reflections

by Herman B Wells

In this absorbing autobiography, Herman B Wells, the legendary former president of Indiana University, recalls his small-town boyhood, the strong influence of his parents, his pioneering work with Indiana banks...


FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944

by David M. Jordan

Although the presidential election of 1944 placed FDR in the White House for an unprecedented fourth term, historical memory of the election itself has been overshadowed by the war, Roosevelt's health and his...


Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World

by Christopher I. Beckwith

Warriors of the Cloisters tells how key cultural innovations from Central Asia revolutionized medieval Europe and gave rise to the culture of science in the West. Medieval scholars rarely performed scientific...


How To Read The Egyptian Book Of The Dead

by Barry Kemp

The Egyptians created a world of supernatural forces so vivid, powerful and inescapable that controlling one's destiny within it was a constant preoccupation. In life, supernatural forces manifested themselves...


Curious Punishments of bygone Days

by Alice Morse Earle & Frank Hazenplug

In Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, the punishment did not always fit the crime, as this fine old illustrated history of wrath and righteousness shows. One of the earliest institutions in every New England...


History of Japanese Literature

by William George Aston

Professor Aston's A History of Japanese Literature has a permanent place on the bookshelves of all lovers of Japan. William George Aston, who pioneered in the translation of Japanese literature into English,...


Agnes Warner and the Nursing Sisters of the Great War

by Shawna M. Quinn

Through ear-splitting, thunderous explosions and fearful eerie flashes in the distance, the nurses of the Canadian Army Nursing Service in World War I waited for the inevitable arrival of wounded soldiers. At...


Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge

by Georg G. Iggers

A broad perspective on historical thought and writing, with a new epilogue.


Privileged and Confidential: The Secret History of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board

by Kenneth Michael Absher, Michael C. Desch & Roman Popadiuk

Above the politics and ideological battles of Washington, D.C., is a committee that meets behind locked doors and leaves its paper trail in classified files. The President's Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB)...