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Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character

by Jack Hitt

WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA AND THE IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE? ACCLAIMED WRITER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE JACK HITT THINKS IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE ALL A BUNCH OF AMATEURS.

America’s...


Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

by Paul Barrett

Based on fifteen years of research, Glock is the riveting story of the weapon that has become known as American’s gun.  Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments,...


Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

by Nelson Johnson & Terence Winter

Providing the inspiration and source material for the upcoming HBO series produced by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Terence Winter, this riveting and wide-reaching...


The Age of Nixon: A Study in Cultural Power

by Carl Freedman

The fundamental argument this book is, first, that Richard Nixon, though not generally regarded as a charismatic or emotionally outgoing politician like Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, did establish profound...


Civilization: The West and the Rest

by Niall Ferguson

Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. All over the world, more and more people study at Western-style universities,...


A History of Women in America

by Carol Hymowitz & Michaele Weissman

From colonial to modern-day times this narrative history, incorporating first-person accounts, traces the development of women's roles in America. Against the backdrop of major historical events and movements,...


Lists of Note

by Shaun Usher

Humans have been making lists for even longer than they've been writing letters. They are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations; likes and dislikes; rules for living and loving;...


Reassessing the Transnational Turn: Scales of Analysis in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies

by Constance Bantman & Bert Altena

This edited volume reassesses the ongoing transnational turn in anarchist and syndicalist studies, a field where the interest in cross-border connections has generated much innovative literature in the last...


The Tombs of Pompeii: Organization, Space, and Society

by Virginia L. Campbell

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the tombs of Pompeii and its immediate environs, examining the funerary culture of the population, delving into the importance of social class and self-representation,...


In the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab: The Events of 1880-1881

by France Rivet

The story of Abraham Ulrikab is one of the saddest and most moving stories in Nunatsiavut (Labrador), Inuit and Canadian history. In hopes of improving his family's living conditions, in August 1880, Abraham...


From the Cradle to the Coalmine: The Story of Children in Welsh Mines

by Ceri Thompson

This is an accessible, richly illustrated book, telling the story of the children and young people who worked in the Welsh coalfields.


The Excruciating History of Dentistry

by James Wynbrandt

For those on both sides of the dreaded dentist's chair, James Wynbrandt has written a witty, colorful, and richly informative history of the art and science of dentistry. To all of those dental patients whose...


The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

by Toby Wilkinson

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this landmark work, one of the world’s most renowned Egyptologists tells the epic story of this great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its final absorption...


Behind the Christmas Tree: The Surprising Story of a German Abolitionist Radical and America's Favorite Evergreen

by Stephen Nissenbaum

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Battle for Christmas, here is the story of America's first reported Christmas tree: a tale of antislavery and radical German philosophy, a popular British travel writer...


Messiah: Love, Music and Malice at a Time of Handel

by Sheena Vernon

The faltering steps of Harry Walsh as he makes his way to success and happiness performing in the playhouses of Georgian London.


Selling Our Death Masks: Cash-For-Gold in the Age of Austerity

by Yesenia Barragan

Are we pawning our golden immortality for a fistful of cash?


Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina

by Stuart B. Schwartz

The diverse cultures of the Caribbean have been shaped as much by hurricanes as they have by diplomacy, commerce, or the legacy of colonial rule. In this panoramic work of social history, Stuart Schwartz examines...


River of Ink: [An Illustrated History of Literacy]

by Thomas Christensen

Thomas Christensen’s previous title 1616: The World in Motion looked at a single year in the age of early maritime globalism--PW gave it a starred review, calling it “a stunning overview of the nascent modern...


Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom

by Aaron Chapman

The untold story of a rock’n’roll landmark in Vancouver that has hosted a who’s who of music greats.


Friendship in Medieval Iberia: Historical, Legal and Literary Perspectives

by Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo

Private and public relationships between individuals or groups - frequently labelled as friendships - have played a central role in human societies. Yet, over the centuries ideas and meanings of friendship transformed,...