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War of the Roses

Alison Weir

Lancaster and York. For much of the fifteenth century these two families were locked in battle for control of the British monarchy. Kings were murdered and deposed. Armies marched on London. Old noble names were ruined while rising dy...

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Published: Jun 1996

Haunting Museums

John Schuster

The spectacularly successful move A Night at the Museum was a fantastic look at the off-hours wonders of the American Museum of Natural History. However, some of the real behind-the-scenes stories are more fantastic than anything a...

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Published: Apr 2009

100 Mistakes that Changed History

Bill Fawcett

Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-...

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Published: Oct 2010

Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Cowar...

Paul Johnson

The author of the masterly volumes Intellectuals, Creators, and Heroes returns with a collection of biographical portraits of the greatest humorists and wits in history. In Intellectuals, Paul Johnson offered a fascinating portrait ...

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Published: Dec 2011

A Christmas Reminder

Anonymous

A Christmas Reminder - Being the names of about eight thousand persons, a small portion of the number confined on board the British prison ships during the war of the revolution is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original ed...

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Published: Apr 2017

Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Fr...

John J. Robinson

Its mysterious symbols and rituals had been used in secret for centuries before Freemasonry revealed itself in London in 1717. Once known, Freemasonry spread throughout the world and attracted kings, emperors, and statesmen to take it...

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Published: Oct 2009

The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Cu...

Dorothy Hoobler

On a dark and stormy night in 1816, on the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lord Byron, famed English poet, challenged his friends to a contestto write a ghost story. The assembled group included the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; his...

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Published: Aug 2007

Poison: An Illustrated History

Joel Levy

From Greek philosophers to Russian spies, poisons have a long and colorful history. Easy to obtain and administer, they are often hard to detect or trace. They kill, but they also smooth wrinkles, calm nerves, provide visions, and cur...

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Published: Mar 2011

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes o...

Ian Buruma

Provides a thought-provoking analysis of the stereotypes and misunderstandings about the Western world that ignite anti-Western political movements, tracing the roots and evolution of such phenomena and examining why they have found a...

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Published: Apr 2005

How Capitalism Saved America: The Unt...

Thomas J. Dilorenzo

Whether it’s Michael Moore or the New York Times, Hollywood or academia, a growing segment in America is waging a war on capitalism. We hear that greedy plutocrats exploit the American public; that capitalism harms consumers, th...

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Published: Aug 2005

The Terror: The Merciless War for Fre...

David Andress

An incisive new interpretation of the French Revolution and its violent upheaval looks at troubling parallels between the Terror and the rise of today's political and religious fundamentalism, arguing that the violence of the French R...

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Published: Dec 2006

Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Hi...

Russell Martin

Ludwig van Beethoven lay dying in 1827, a young musician named Ferdinand Hiller came to pay his respects to the great composer. In those days, it was customary to snip a lock of hair as a keepsake, and this Hiller did a day after Beet...

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Published: Oct 2001

Gilded: How Newport Became America's ...

Deborah Davis

A beautifully written history of high society in Newport, Rhode Island, from the acclaimed author of Party of the Century Newport is the legendary and beautiful home of American aristocracy and the sheltered super-rich. Many of t...

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Published: Apr 2011

Strange But True, America: Weird Tale...

John Hafnor

Strange But True, America is a 50-state tour de force of every oddball fact missing from standard travel and history books. Richly illustrated by veteran artist Dale Crawford, the book's 101 weird tales and matching drawings are craft...

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Published: Aug 2009

Atlantic: The Biography of an Ocean

Simon Winchester

The epic life story of the Atlantic Ocean from the bestselling author, Simon Winchester For thousands of years the Atlantic Ocean was viewed by mariners with a mixture of awe, terror and amazement -- an impassable barrier to the unkn...

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Published: Nov 2011

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life (Ballant...

Alison Weir

Combining the pace and descriptive quality of a novel with the authority of a textbook, Alison Weir's study of the revered and reviled Eleanor of Aquitaine should be valuable to anyone with an interest in medieval European history. W...

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Published: Apr 2001

Brutal Journey: Cabeza de Vaca and th...

Paul Schneider

A gripping survival epic, Brutal Journey tells the story of an army of would-be conquerors, bound for glory, who landed in Florida in 1528. But only four of the four hundred would survive: eight years and some five thousand miles late...

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Published: May 2007

Cannabis: A History

Martin Booth

A historical overview of the marijuana debate recounts how cannabis became outlawed throughout the western world, describing the medical, religious, political, legal, and social factors that contributed to current opinions while revea...

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Published: Jun 2005

Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and...

Stephen R. Bown

Traces the discovery of the cure for scurvy by three determined individuals, including a navy surgeon, a sea captain, and a charismatic gentleman, tracing the recorded history of the disease while discussing the factors that challenge...

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Published: Aug 2005

Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonde...

Deborah Cadbury

An award-winning historian takes a close-up look at seven extraordinary nineteenth-century engineering accomplishments that transformed the history of the modern world, including the construction of the London sewers, the Panama Canal...

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Published: Jan 2005

A Brief History of Witchcraft

Lois Martin

The witch in history is very different from the image in Harry Potter, Wicked, or the modern day Pagan. A Brief History of Witchcraft sets out to explore how the witch phenomenon began in medieval Europe and how it has continued to ha...

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Published: Aug 2010

Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stori...

Anthony M. M. Amore

Art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world—from Stockholm to Boston—the autho...

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Published: Jul 2012

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

Ruth Benedict

Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassedmasterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict's World WarII–era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of t...

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Published: Jan 2006

The London Monster: A Sanguinary Tale...

Jan Bondeson

'The facts in this case are so bizarre that no novelist would have dared to invent them,' said the Philadelphia Inquirer. Indeed. A century before Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London, another predator held sway: a 'vulgar-lo...

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Published: May 2002

Good Old Days My Ass: 665 Funny Histo...

David A. Fryxell

Welcome to the Not-So-Glorious DaysWith the uncertain economy, lingering wars, and the ever-present threats of everything from bird flu to Bieber Fever, it's tempting to long for the "good old days." But just how good were t...

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Published: Nov 2012

The City of Falling Angels

John Berendt

The author of ’Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ returns after a decade to offer, in his inimitable style, an intimate look at the ’magic, mystery, and decadence’ of the city of Venice and its inhabitant...

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Published: Oct 2006

Hope Diamond: The Legendary History o...

Richard Kurin

The author, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National programs, has spent more than a decade on the trail of the history of the Hope Diamond. His narrative is filled with fascinating places and people, from the fabled diamond...

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Published: Sep 2007

What Did Jesus Do?

Michael Lindvall

Although one-third of people today consider themselves Christians, and millions of words have been written about the meaning of Jesus, many of Christ’s followers don’t know the basic facts of His life: the parables He taug...

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Published: Jan 2007

Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves...

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Throughout history women have caused wars, defied the rules, and brought men to their knees. The famous and the infamous, queens, divorcees, actresses, and outlaws have created a ruckus during their lifetimes-turning heads while makin...

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Published: Mar 2011

A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story o...

Frances Hill

This acclaimed history illuminates the horrifying episode of Salem with visceral clarity, from those who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas to the four-year-old 'witch' chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she w...

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Published: May 2002
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