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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

National Book Critics Circle for General Non-fiction 2010

by Isabel Wilkerson

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of...


The Art of Seduction

by Robert Greene

From the creators of the New York Times bestsellerThe 48 Laws of Power, comes a mesmerizing handbook on seduction: the most subtle and effective form of power

Which sort of seducer could you be: Siren? Rake?...


Royal Marriage Secrets: Consorts & Concubines, Bigamists & Bastards

by John Ashdown-Hill

Were the 'Princes in the Tower' illegitimate? Did Henry VIII really have six wives? How virginal was the 'Virgin Queen'? Was James, Duke of Monmouth the heir to the throne, or just one of Charles II's bastards?...


The Untold History of the United States

by Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick

A companion to Oliver Stone’s ten-part Showtime documentary series in the tradition of Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States, this cutting-edge and provocative book challenges the status...


Portrait of a  Turkish Family

by Irfan Orga & Ates Orga

Irfan Orga was born into a prosperous family in the twilight of the Ottoman Empire. His mother was a beauty, married at thirteen, who lived in the seclusion of a harem, as befitted a Turkish woman of her class....


The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

by Lily Koppel

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses...


The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia

by Mike Dash

Before the notorious Five Families dominated U.S. organized crime, there was the one-fingered criminal genius Giuseppe Morello and his lethal coterie. Combining first-rate scholarship and pulse-quickening action,...


Understanding Arabs: A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society

by Margaret K. Nydell

Perhaps now more than ever, Margaret Nydell's Understanding Arabs is a must-read. The fifth edition of this classic introduction to Arab culture has been completely revised and updated to help readers understand...


Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

by Andrew Rimas & Evan D.G. Fraser

We are what we eat: this aphorism contains a profound truth about civilization, one that has played out on the world historical stage over many millennia of human endeavor.

Using the colorful diaries of a sixteenth-century...


Beeching: 50 Years On

by Anthony Poulton-Smith

In 1963 Dr Beeching's infamous report signalled the end for over 15,000 miles of track, a third of Britain's stations, and for 70,000 jobs, as well as the way of life for many consumers. Much misery was caused...


The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

The bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the history of human societies to answer the question: What can we learn from traditional societies that can make the world a better place...


Encountering America

by Jessica Grogan

A dramatic narrative history of the psychological movement that reshaped American culture

The expectation that our careers and personal lives should be expressions of our authentic selves, the belief that our...


Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans (Updated and Revised)

by Ronald Takaki

In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental...


Drink and the Victorians: The Temperance Question in England 1815-1872 Second Edition

by Brian Harrison

This scholarly treatise discusses temperance and drink in Victorian England. Topics including the political, social, and economic factors that affected the temperance movement, subgroups of the movement, as...


Bunch of Amateurs

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: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer

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

How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power...


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,...