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Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

by Ellen Kaplan & Robert Kaplan

The untold history of the most famous relation in mathematics and what it illustrates about the nature of human reasoning.


The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution

by Denis Dutton

In a groundbreaking new book that does for art what Stephen Pinker's The Language Instinct did for linguistics, Denis Dutton revolutionizes our understanding of art and overturns a century of art theory and...


The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

by Frank Dikötter

A groundbreaking chronicle of the violent early years of the People�s Republic of China, by the author of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize�winning Mao�s Great Famine.

�The Chinese Communist party refers...


Obamacare: What's in It for Me?: What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act

by Wendell Potter

On January 1, 2014, the most important consumer protections in ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act) go into effect. With both supporters and opponents of the law debating its merits and its controversial rollout,...


Mr. Selden's Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer

by Timothy Brook

From the author of the award-winning Vermeer�s Hat, a historical detective story decoding a long-forgotten link between seventeenth century Europe and China.

Timothy Brook�s award-winning Vermeer�s Hat...


Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

by Adam Minter

How can garbage turn into gold? What does recycling have to do with globalization? Where does all that stuff we throw away go, anyway?

When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday�s newspaper in the recycling...


The Letters of John F. Kennedy

by Martin W. Sandler

John Fitzgerald Kennedy led his nation for little more than a thousand days, yet his presidency is intensely remembered, not merely as a byproduct of his tragic fate. Kennedy steered the nation away from the...


The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring

by Paul Danahar

BBC bureau chief Paul Danahar sets out the new order in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, and explains what it will mean both for the region and the West.

For the past forty years the story of the Middle...


Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis

by Leo Hollis

Cities are where the twenty-first century is really going to happen. Already at the beginning of the century, we became 50% urban as a global population, and by 2050 we're going to be up to 70% urban. So cities...


Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen

by Christopher Phillips & Louis P. Masur

Bruce Springsteen often prefers to let his music do the talking. His onstage stories and shaggy dog tales have long entertained his fans, but his songs and his guitar provide the most direct line to their hearts....


The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America

by Jonathan Lyons

Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries brought the Enlightenment to America�an intellectual revolution that laid the foundation for the political one that followed. With the �first Drudgery� of settling...


Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

by John Ferling

A spellbinding history of the epic rivalry that shaped our republic: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and their competing visions for America.

From the award-winning author of Almost a Miracle and The Ascent...


A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II

by Maury Klein

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and...


The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels

by Brian Fagan

The past fifteen thousand years--the entire span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when sea levels were more than...


Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland

by Edward McClelland

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming...


The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to non-fiction in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat...


Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation

by Jonathan Rieder

"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here," declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that city of racist terror convinced that massive protest could topple Jim Crow. But the insurgency faltered. To...


Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children

by Sarah Carr

Geraldlynn is a lively, astute 14-year-old. Her family, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, returns home to find a radically altered public education system. Geraldlynns parents hope their daughter's new school...


Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain

by John Darwin

John Darwin's After Tamerlane, a sweeping six-hundred-year history of empires around the globe, marked him as a historian of "massive erudition" and narrative mastery. In Unfinished Empire, he marshals his gifts...


The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World

by Paul Gilding

"One of those who has been warning me of [a coming crisis] for a long

time is Paul Gilding, the Australian environmental business expert. He

has a name for this moment-when both Mother Nature and Father Greed...