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The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art

by David Lewis-Williams

The breathtakingly beautiful art created deep inside the caves of western Europe has the power to dazzle even the most jaded observers. Emerging from the narrow underground passages into the chambers of caves...


Cities That Shaped the Ancient World

by John Julius Norwich

An illuminating and evocatively illustrated tour of forty of the greatest cities that shaped the ancient world and its civilizations, from China and Mesoamerica to Europe and Ethiopia Today we take living in...


The Yellow Peril: Dr. Fu Manchu and the Rise of Chinaphobia

by Christopher Frayling

An entirely new perspective on current scaremongering about China’s global ambitions, and on the Western media’s ignorance of Chinese culture

A hundred years ago, a character who was to enter the bloodstream...


Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now

by Henry Chalfant & Sacha Jenkins

Authentic first–person accounts from the graffiti artists whose creative genius fueled the movement from its beginning in late 1970s and early 1980s New York Late 1970s New York City was bankrupt and its streets...


The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt

by Steven Snape

From early towns to booming metropolises, The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt explores every facet of urban life in ancient Egypt with a leading authority in the field as a guide

Ancient Egyptian cities and...


The Great Archaeologists

by Brian M. Fagan

The story of how lost civilizations, buried cities, and ancient scripts were rediscovered for the modern age, as seen through the lives and exploits of the great archaeologists who made these phenomenal finds...


How The World Was Won: The Americanization of Everywhere

by Peter Conrad

From politics and war, to jeans and sneakers: a look at America’s influence on the world from an international perspective On the day after 9/11, foreign newspapers ran headlines announcing “We Are All Americans...


History of Ancient Greece

by David Stuttard

The first book to tell the Greek story through the interconnecting lives of the men and women who shaped its politics and literature, its science and philosophy, its art and sport The political leaders, writers,...


How to Write About Contemporary Art

by Gilda Williams

An essential handbook for students and professionals on writing eloquently, accurately, and originally about contemporary art How to Write About Contemporary Art is the definitive guide to writing engagingly...


Rendez-vous with Art

by Philippe de Montebello & Martin Gayford

The fruits of a lifetime of experience by a cultural colossus, Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its history, distilled in conversations with an acclaimed...


Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud

by Martin Gayford

“An extraordinary record of a great artist in his studio, it also describes what it feels like to be transformed into a work of art.” —ARTnews Lucian Freud (1922-2011), widely regarded as the greatest...


Why Fashion Matters

by Frances Corner

An illuminating introduction to the expanding influence of fashion from the perspectives of design, technology, sustainability, and business Fashion matters for the economy, to society, and to each of us personally....


Gladiator: The Roman Fighter's [Unofficial] Manual

by Philip Matyszak

An entertaining yet factual insider's guide: how to become a gladiator, hone your fighting skills, and thrill the crowds in the Colosseum. So you think you’d like to be a gladiator? Find out how to get thousands...


Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind

by Robin Dunbar, Clive Gamble & John Gowlett

A closer look at genealogy, incorporating how biological, anthropological, and technical factors can influence human lives We are at a pivotal moment in understanding our remote ancestry and its implications...


Turkey: A Short History

by Norman Stone

"Arresting … Stone’s Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions" —The Sunday Times In Turkey: A Short History the celebrated historian Norman Stone...


The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

by James Hall

Sheds new light on the long history of self-portraiture with fresh interpretations of famous examples and new works, ideas, and anecdotes This broad cultural history of self-portraiture brilliantly maps the...


Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King

by Mike Pitts

The story of the archaeology behind the dig that found Richard III, told through a fascinating array of photographs, diagrams, and firsthand accounts In August 2012 a search began and on February 4, 2013 a team...


The Duchamp Dictionary

by Thomas Girst, Luke Frost & Therese Vandling

“Girst elegantly unravels the skeins of Duchamp’s thinking. . . . An essential compendium for puzzling out an essential artist.” —Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation...


The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty

by Philip Matyszak

The story of one of the most colorful dynasties in history, from Caesar's rise to power in the first century BC to Nero's death in AD 68 This engaging new study reviews the long history of the Julian and Claudian...


The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories

by Philip Matyszak

Full of intriguing facts and diverting stories—the ideal introduction to the myths and tales that lie at the heart of Western culture. Who was Pandora and what was in her famous box? How did Achilles get his...