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The Umayyads: The Rise of Islamic Art

by Gazi Bisheh, Fawzi Zayadine & Mohammad al-Asad

Far from abolishing the freedom of local cults and undermining existing town plans, the Umayyads acknowledged the aesthetic language already in place on their arrival in Jordan (661), and re-invented its forms...


Siculo-Norman Art. Islamic Culture in Medieval Sicily

by Nicola Giuliano Leone, Eliana Mauro & Ettore Sessa

Sicily was won from the Aghlabids in 827 and passed to the Fatimids in 948. The Norman Conquest of 1061 finally ousted the Muslims from the Island. Organised into three administrative valla - Val di Mazara,...


The True German

by Werner Otto Mueller-Hill & Benjamin Carter Hett

Werner Otto Müller-Hill served as a military judge in the Werhmacht during World War II. From March 1944 to the summer of 1945, he kept a diary, recording his impressions of what transpired around him as Germany...


The Party Forever

by Rowan Callick

A century after its underground beginnings, the Chinese Communist Party today exerts far-reaching control over every aspect of private life. Beyond its legendary control of the internet within China's borders,...


The Lincolns in the White House

by Jerrold M. Packard

From the day of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, a nation divided by savage conflict confronted the new president. But what many don't know was that within the White House's walls, the Lincoln's family would...


Africa Lost

by Dan Tharp, SOFREP & Brandon Webb

The Lost Chapter of Special Operations History: Rhodesia.

Some of the most explosive combat in Special Operations history is almost completely unknown to the Western World. Everyone knows about Navy SEALs and...


And Still Peace Did Not Come: A Memoir of Reconciliation

by Agnes Kamara-Umunna

When bullets hit Agnes Kamara-Umunna's home in Monrovia, Liberia, she and her father hastily piled whatever they could carry into their car and drove toward the border, along with thousands of others. An army...


The Seven-Day Scholar: The Civil War: Exploring History One Week at a Time

by Peter Gaffney & Dennis Gaffney

"A bite of history a day, all year long."

Flawless storytelling, expert research, and a whole new way of providing history in intriguing, one-page essays makes The Seven-Day Scholar: The Civil War a book that...


Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

by Bruce Watson

A riveting account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

In his critically acclaimed history Freedom Summer, award- winning author Bruce Watson presents powerful testimony about a crucial...


The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

by David Halberstam

"In a grand gesture of reclamation and remembrance, Mr. Halberstam has brought the war back home."

--The New York Times

David Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining...


Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence

by Turner Stansfield

In this "thoughtful, entertaining, and often insightful" book, a former CIA director explores the delicate give-and-take between the Oval Office and Langley.

With the disastrous intelligence failures of the last...


Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan

by Damien Lewis & Suraya Sadeed

Includes a Reading Group Guide and Author Q&A

From her first humanitarian visit to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been personally delivering relief and hope to Afghan orphans and refugees, to women and...


Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

by Michael Punke

The true story of the worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history

The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the...


1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

by Roger Crowley

A gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today.

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger...


Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy

by Caroline Kennedy & Ted Widmer

In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording...


Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents

by Kenneth C. Davis

Which president broke the law to prevent enslaved people from being freed? Who said, "When the president does it,that means it's not illegal"? Why does America have a president? From the heated debates among...


One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season

by Chris Ballard

"One Shot at Forever is powerful, inspirational. . . . This isn't merely a book about baseball. It's a book about heart."

--Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys...


The Seven-Day Scholar: The Presidents: Exploring History One Week at a Time

by Dennis Gaffney & Peter Gaffney

"A bite of history a day, all year long . . ."

Flawless storytelling, expert research, and intriguing, one-page essays make The Seven-Day Scholar: The Presidents perfect for history buffs.

The Presidents addresses...


Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change

by John Lewis

Although it has been decades since the historic social upheavals of the 1960s, Americans continue to look to the Civil Rights Movement as the apotheosis of political expression. With an engaged electorate once...


The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

by Brendan I. Koerner

In an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of '60s idealism, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized...