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Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

by Caroline Finkel

The complete history of the Ottoman empire, written for the general reader


Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy

The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America, from Slavery to the War on Terror

by Christian Parenti

From the cutting-edge young historian and reporter Christian Parenti, a vivid, chilling history of surveillance in American life-from the antebellum South to the computerized landscape of the futuristic present....


The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, Third Edition

by Alice Miller

Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer—and has helped them to apply it


Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

by Sherry Turkle

A wake-up call from a cyber-expert: our use of technology is fueling disturbing levels of isolation, leaving us incapable of distinguishing between true human connection and digital communication


Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

by Alfred Lansing

The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly...


The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution

by Gregory Cochran & Henry Harpending

Resistance to malaria. Blue eyes. Lactose tolerance. What do all of these traits have in common? Every one of them has emerged in the last 10,000 years. Scientists have long believed that the “great leap...


Letters to a Young Contrarian

by Hitchens Christopher

In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who...


The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions

by Shing-Tung Yau

The leading mind behind the mathematics of string theory discusses how geometry explains the universe we see


Hitler

by A.N. Wilson

From eminent biographer A.N. Wilson, an incisive, penetrating portrait of Adolf Hitler.


July 1914: Countdown to War

by Sean McMeekin

When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand’s own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg...


The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

by William Easterly

Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right “expert” solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems...


Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

by Timothy Snyder

A prize-winning historian recasts the history of modern Europe around its central catastrophe: the fourteen million people killed by totalitarian regimes in the lands between Hitler and Stalin


Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World

by Kevin Kelly

<> Out of Control chronicles the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive our economy are so complex and autonomous as to be indistinguishable from living things.<>


Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard English

by John McWhorter

A barbed rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying the English language.


Go to: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists, and Ico

by Steve Lohr

"Go To...is smooth, creamy, entertaining...delightful. It is a sort of Iliad for the computer age."--David Gelernter, New York Times


The Assassins

by Bernard Lewis

No one writes about Muslim history with greater authority, or intelligence, or literary charm than Professor Bernard Lewis.--Sunday Times (London)


A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection

by Clifford A. Pickover

A Beginner's Guide to Immortality is a celebration of unusual lives and creative thinkers who punched through ordinary cultural norms while becoming successful in their own niches. In his latest and greatest...


The Human Brain: A Guided Tour

by Susan A. Greenfield

A renowned brain researcher takes us on a guided tour of the brain to tell us what scientists at the cutting edge now know about how the brain works.


Chasing Churchill: The Travels of Winston Churchill

by Celia Sandys

Sir Winston Churchill was a well-traveled man. By the time he was twenty-five, his thirst for adventure had taken him to Cuba, India’s North-West frontier, the Sudan, and South Africa, as well as to battle,...