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  • The Great Escape

    Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World

    by Kati Marton ...
    Extravagantly praised by critics and readers, this stunning story by bestselling author Kati Marton tells of the breathtaking journey of nine extraordinary men from Budapest to the New World, what they experienced along their dangerous route, and how they changed America and the world.This is the unknown chapter of World War II: the tale of nine men who grew up in Budapest's brief Golden Age, then ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Death of a Princess

    The True Story Behind Diana's Tragic End

    For the twentieth anniversary of Diana's death, a new, updated edition of the headline-grabbing New York Times bestseller that told the definitive story of how the Princess of Wales lost her life in a high-speed car accident in the heart of Paris on August 31, 1997.What really happened on that fateful summer night? Rumors still abound: that Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed (son of wealthy ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Knowing What We Know

    The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic

    Named a Best History Book for 2023“A delightful compendium of the kind of facts you immediately want to share with anyone you encounter . . . . Simon Winchester has firmly earned his place in history . . . as a promulgator of knowledge of every variety, perhaps the last of the famous explorers who crisscrossed the now-vanished British Empire and reported what they found to an astonished world.” — ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Burning Earth: A History

    by Sunil Amrith ...
    A brilliant, paradigm-shifting global history of how humanity has reshaped the planet, and the planet has shaped human history, over the last 500 years.Ever since innovations in agriculture vastly expanded production of food, our remarkable achievements in reshaping nature have allowed billions of humans to exist and thrive. Yet every technological innovation has also empowered us to exploit each ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

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  • The Enlightenment

    The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790

    A magisterial history that recasts the Enlightenment as a period not solely consumed with rationale and reason, but rather as a pursuit of practical means to achieve greater human happiness.One of the formative periods of European and world history, the Enlightenment is the fountainhead of modern secular Western values: religious tolerance, freedom of thought, speech and the press, of rationality ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Spy and the Traitor

    The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

    by Ben Macintyre ...
    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.“The best true spy story I have ever read.”—JOHN LE CARRÉNamed a Best Book of the Year by The Economist • Shortlisted for the Bailie Giffords Prize in Nonfiction**If anyone could be ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • Japan's Holy War

    The Ideology of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism

    Series series Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
    Japan’s Holy War reveals how a radical religious ideology drove the Japanese to imperial expansion and global war. Bringing to light a wealth of new information, Walter A. Skya demonstrates that whatever other motives the Japanese had for waging war in Asia and the Pacific, for many the war was the fulfillment of a religious mandate. In the early twentieth century, a fervent nationalism developed ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • World War 2 Spy School The Complete 1943 SOE Counter-Espionage Manual

    by Ian Hall ...
    WORLD WAR 2 SPY SCHOOLThe Complete 1943 S.O.E. Counter-Espionage ManualThis document was the official training manual for every allied spy and counter-espionage agent in World War 2.Written by the S.O.E. (M.I.6), it was soon picked up and used by the American OSS (the originator of the CIA).In great detail, it describes such subjects as Explosives, Fieldcraft, Cyphers, and Propoganda. Care has ... Read more

    $2.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Itchy, Tasty

    An Unofficial History of Resident Evil

    by Alex Aniel ...
    This is the definitive behind-the-scenes account of Capcom’s horror video game series Resident Evil – one of the most popular, innovative and widely influential franchises of all time.Industry expert Alex Aniel spent two years interviewing key former members of Capcom staff, allowing him to tell the inside story of how Resident Evil was envisioned as early as the late 1980s, how its unexpected and ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • France since 1870

    Culture, Politics and Society

    This thoroughly revised, updated and expanded new edition of an established text surveys the cultural, social and political history of France from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the Paris Commune through to Emmanuel Macron's presidency. Incorporating the newest interpretations of past events, Sowerwine seamlessly integrates culture, gender, and race into political and social history. This ... Read more

    $38.99 USD

  • The Garden of Invention

    Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants

    by Jane S. Smith ...
    The wide-ranging and delightful history of celebrated plant breeder Luther Burbank and the business of farm and garden in early twentieth- century AmericaAt no other time in history has there been more curiosity or concern about the food we eat-and genetically modified foods, in particular, have become both pervasive and suspect. A century ago, however, Luther Burbank's blight-resistant potatoes, ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • Shadows at Noon

    The South Asian Twentieth Century

    A groundbreaking view of South Asian history in the twentieth century that underlines the similarities and intertwined cultures of India and Pakistan“[A] definitive new 20th-century thematic history of the Indian subcontinent that rejects hegemonic conceptions of national ‘difference.’”—Financial TimesThis radically original and ambitious history of the Indian subcontinent explores the region’s ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Océan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism

    The epic story of the Congo-Océan railroad and the human costs and contradictions of modern empire.The Congo-Océan railroad stretches across the Republic of Congo from Brazzaville to the Atlantic port of Pointe-Noir. It was completed in 1934, when Equatorial Africa was a French colony, and it stands as one of the deadliest construction projects in history. Colonial workers were subjects of an ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Waterloo

    The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

    #1 Bestseller in the U.K.From the New York Times bestselling author and master of martial fiction comes the definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought—a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s last stand.On June 18, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In ... Read more

    $16.49 USD

  • Agents of Influence

    How the KGB Subverted Western Democracies

    There’s no such thing as a former KGB man...'A gripping story filled with remarkable revelations.' Tom Bower, author of RevengeAgents of Influence reveals the secret history of an intelligence agency gone out of control, accountable to no one but itself and intent on subverting Western politics on a near-inconceivable scale. In 1985, 1,300 KGB officers were stationed in the USA. The FBI only had ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $0.99 USD

  • The Decline of the West

    Form and Actuality

    Translated by Charles Francis Atkinson ...
    This book changes your views on history, civilization, and the world.German philosopher and polymath Oswald Spengler displays his controversial opinions about world history. He defines "culture" as a superorganism which has a lifespan of birth, flourishing, and death, and defines "civilization" as the end-product of culture.He divides the entire history of the world into eight distinct cultures, ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • 18 Tiny Deaths

    The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics

    A captivating blend of history, women in science, and true crime, 18 Tiny Deaths tells the story of how one woman changed the face of forensics forever.Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity.Yet she developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes ... Read more

    $10.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Sailor of Liberty

    'Rivals the immortal Patrick O'Brian' Angus Donald

    by J. D. Davies ...
    Series Book 1 - The Philippe Kermorvant Thrillers
    The call of the republic, the weight of destiny. A new legend takes to the seas.'A thrilling new adventure series that rivals the immortal Patrick O’Brian' Angus Donald1793. The infant French republic is assailed on all sides, by enemies within and the combined might of the great European monarchies without. A fanatical regime has taken power in Paris.In the midst of these upheavals, Philippe ... Read more

    $5.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Nation Must Awake

    My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

    Mary Parrish was reading in her home when the Tulsa race massacre began on the evening of May 31, 1921. Parrish’s daughter, Florence Mary, called the young journalist and teacher to the window. “Mother,” she said, “I see men with guns.” The two eventually fled and unwittingly became eyewitnesses to the death of hundreds of Black Oklahomans and the destruction of the Greenwood district, a ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Brothers

    The Road to an American Tragedy

    by Masha Gessen ...
    National Book Award winner Masha Gessen tells an important story for our era: How the American Dream went wrong for two immigrants, and the nightmare that resulted.On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was ... Read more

    $10.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • The Two Princes of Calabar

    An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

    In 1767, two “princes” of a ruling family in the port of Old Calabar, on the slave coast of Africa, were ambushed and captured by English slavers. The princes, Little Ephraim Robin John and Ancona Robin Robin John, were themselves slave traders who were betrayed by African competitors—and so began their own extraordinary odyssey of enslavement. Their story, written in their own hand, survives as a ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • The Struggle for Europe

    The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent 1945 to the Present

    From the ashes of World War II to the conflict over Iraq, William Hitchcock examines the miraculous transformation of Europe from a deeply fractured land to a continent striving for stability, tolerance, democracy, and prosperity. Exploring the role of Cold War politics in Europe’s peace settlement and the half century that followed, Hitchcock reveals how leaders such as Charles de Gaulle, Willy ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • How Fascism Works

    The Politics of Us and Them

    by Jason Stanley ...
    **“No single book is as relevant to the present moment.”—Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen“One of the defining books of the decade.”—Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on CrimeNEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE • With a new preface • Fascist politics are running rampant in America today—and spreading around the world. A Yale philosopher identifies the ten ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • Force Recon Diary, 1969

    The Riveting, True-to-Life Account of Survival and Death in One of the Most Highly Skilled Units in Vietnam

    Elite and highly trained, the 3d Force Recon's eight-man teams were assigned to obtain vital information about NVA operations. Alone, the men of these small teams were sent behind enemy lines, where they all knew that a single mistake could cost everyone their lives.United States Navy Hospital Corpsman Bruce Norton was the only navy corpsman to act as a Marine Force Recon Team Leader. In Force ... Read more

    $8.99 USD