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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


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...


Three Roads To Quantum Gravity

by Lee Smolin

From one of the world's most distinguished scientists, the first popular book to present the controversial and exciting ideas behind quantum gravity


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...


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...


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)


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,...


Harnessing Complexity

by Robert Axelrod & Michael D. Cohen

A state-of-the-art guide to the new field of complexity-the tool leaders use to understand how people and organizations adapt in a world of rapid change.


How Art Made the World: A Journey to the Origins of Human Creativity

by Nigel Spivey

By the charismatic host of the PBS miniseries “How Art Made the World,” a compelling and gorgeously illustrated account of how humans made art and how art makes us human


The Art Spirit

by Robert Henri

The classic work of art criticism, in a beautiful new edition


Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

by George M. Church & Ed Regis

Everyone has heard of genetic engineering: we eat engineered foods, we take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars on fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. Regenesis...


Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

by Timothy Snyder

Americans call the Second World War “The Good War.” But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after...


What Evolution Is

by Ernst Mayr

Mayr provides as convincing a testament to Darwin's genius as you are likely to find."--New York Times Book Review