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British Invasion

by Simon Philo

In The British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence, Simon Philo illustrates how this remarkable event in cultural history disrupted and even reversed pop culture’s default flow of influence, goods,...


Saving Stalin's Imperial City

by Steven M. Maddox

Saving Stalin's Imperial City is the history of the successes and failures in historic preservation and of Leningraders' determination to honor the memory of the terrible siege the city had endured during World...


Threatening Others

by Carlos Sandoval-García

During the last two decades, a decline in public investment has undermined some of the national values and institutions of Costa Rica. The resulting sense of dislocation and loss is usually projected onto Nicaraguan...


The Forger’s Tale

by Stephanie Newell

Between 1905 and 1939 a conspicuously tall white man with a shock of red hair, dressed in a silk shirt and white linen trousers, could be seen on the streets of Onitsha, in Eastern Nigeria. How was it possible...


We Are Fighting the World

by Gary Kynoch

Since the late 1940s, a violent African criminal society known as the Marashea has operated in and around South Africa?s gold mining areas. With thousands of members involved in drug smuggling, extortion, and...


Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946–1958

by Elizabeth Schmidt

In September 1958, Guinea claimed its independence, rejecting a constitution that would have relegated it to junior partnership in the French Community. In all the French empire, Guinea was the only territory...


Life and Death in the Garden

by Kathryn Meyer

This compelling book provides a rare glimpse into the heart of wartime China. Kathryn Meyer draws us into the perilous world of the Garden of Grand Vision, a ramshackle structure where a floating population...


Tokyo Rose / An American Patriot

by Frederick P. Close

Tokyo Rose / An American Patriot explores the parallel lives of World War II legend Tokyo Rose and a Japanese American woman named Iva Toguri. Trapped in Tokyo during the war and forced to broadcast on Japanese...


The Nuclear Express

by Thomas Reed & Danny Stillman

This is a political history of nuclear weapons from the discovery of fission in 1938 to the nuclear train wreck that seems to loom in our future.  It is an account of where those weapons came from, how the...


Mussolini's National Project in Argentina

by David Aliano

During the 1920s and 1930s, Mussolini’s fascist regime attempted to promote fascist Italy’s national project in Argentina, bombarding the republic with its propaganda. Although politically a failure, this...


Let Us Fight as Free Men

by Christine Knauer

Today, the military is one the most racially diverse institutions in the United States. But for many decades African American soldiers battled racial discrimination and segregation within its ranks. In the years...


The Great Powers and Poland

by Jan Karski

This definitive study provides a comprehensive diplomatic history of Poland during the most seminal period in its existence, when its destiny lay in the hands of France, Great Britain, and the United States....


The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1976–1998

by Alan H. Levy

The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1976–1998 is the second part of the first full biography of Bella Abzug. Alan H. Levy explores the political life of one of the most important women in politics in mid- and...


Three Black Generations at the Crossroads

by Lois Benjamin

The 20th century, marked by dramatic socioeconomic, cultural, and technological changes, greatly altered the value systems of many Americans. Three Black Generations at the Crossroads: Community, Culture, and...


Ernst Toller and German Society

by Robert Ellis

During the years of Weimar and the Third Reich, Toller was one of the more active of the "other Germany's" left-wing intellectuals. A leader of the Bavarian Soviet of 1919, he had in addition won the Kleist...


The March on Rome: How Antifascists Understood the Origins of Totalitarianism (and Conied the Word)

by Emilio Gentile

«Amendola attribuiva [?] un nuovo è più ampio significato al termine "totalitario" da lui coniato: totalitario non era solo il sistema di dominio politico del fascismo, ma "spirito totalitario" era la pretesa...


Intelligent and Honest Radicals

by Mitchell Newton-Matza

Intelligent and Honest Radicals explores the Chicago labor movement’s relationship to Illinois legal and political system especially as seen through the eyes of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL). Newton-Matza...


Marketing Literature and Posthumous Legacies

by Yuri Leving & Frederick H. White

Literature is not only about aesthetics, but also almost equally about economics. The successful marketing of an author and his literary works is more dependent on the activities of cultural merchants than on...


Nobel

by Michael Worek

The story of the winners of the world's most prestigious prize, now updated to include the 2009 recipients.

The Nobel Prize is widely regarded as the most prestigious award one can receive. The Prize is administered...


Utopian Movements and Ideas of the Great Depression

by Donald W. Whisenhunt

Utopian Movements and Ideas of the Great Depression explores several lesser known movements for change and reform in the Great Depression Era of the 1930s. It includes studies of a few communal societies, proposals...