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Book of the Week: December 30, 2013
Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health, by Jeanne E. Abrams.
An overview of sickness and health in the 18th century viewed through the prism of the lives of the founding mothers and fathers of a nation.

Book of the Week: December 23, 2013
The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, edited by Christopher Vaughan, Mareike Schomerus, and Lotje de Vries.
This book examines the "... the character of regulatory authority in South Sudan's borderlands in both contemporary and historical perspective."

Book of the Week: December 16, 2013
Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece, by Susan Heuck Allen.
An insider's look at how, in World War II, a group of classical scholars and archaeologist morphed into spies and worked to help the allied movement in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean.

Book of the Week: December 9, 2013
Mandela: The Authorised Biography, by Anthony Sampson.
A detailed and compelling account of Nelson Mandela's life and work.

Book of the Week: December 2, 2013
Sino-Japanese Relations After the Cold War: Two Tigers Sharing a Mountain, by Michael Yahuda.
"This textbook explores in detail the ways in which politics has shaped the thinking about history and identity in both China and Japan..."

Book of the Week: November 25, 2013
Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy, by Kenneth Pollack.
"Pollack, a former CIA analyst... explores Americaís intractable problem with Iran, Tehranís pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, and the pro≠longed clash that led us to this point."

Book of the Week: November 18, 2013
Cultures of Disaster: Society and Natural Hazard in the Philippines, by Greg Bankoff.
"Bankoff traces the history of natural hazards in the Philippines from the records kept by the Spanish colonisers to the 'Calamitous Nineties', and assesses the effectiveness of the relief mechanisms that have evolved to cope with these occurrences."

Book of the Week: November 11, 2013
Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration, by Claude A. Piantadosi.
A concise and lively overview explaining why space exploration 'matters', while at the same time recounting the history of American space exploration, and its major achievements.

Book of the Week: November 4, 2013
The Great Powers and the International System, by Bear F. Braumoeller.
Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective (Cambridge Studies in International Relations). Do great leaders make history? Or are they compelled to act by historical circumstance? This book settles this long standing debate.

Book of the Week: October 28, 2013
The Complete Dinosaur, 2e, edited by M. K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., and James O. Farlow.
What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? These and many more questions are answered in The Complete Dinosaur.

Book of the Week: October 21, 2013
The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, by Larry J. Sabato.
On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato, explores the fascinating and powerful influence he (Kennedy) has had over five decades...

Book of the Week: October 14, 2013
The Scholar's Survival Manual: A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators, by Martin H. Krieger.
Krieger covers a broad cross section of the academic experience from a graduate student's first foray into the job market through retirement.

Book of the Week: October 7, 2013
Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany's War in the East, 1941-1945, by Christian Hartmann.
A gripping and authoritative account of the war waged between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. From its origins to its repercussions, Hartmann provides a detailed overview of Operation Barbarossa's impact on the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and the role it played in the outcome of World War II.

Book of the Week: September 30, 2013
Wiley's Real Latin: Learning Latin from the Sources, by Robert Maltby and Kenneth Belcher.
An engaging Latin textbook that uses examples and translation exercises taken exclusively from authentic Classical Latin sources written by a range of authors including Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, and many more.

Book of the Week: September 23, 2013
Painters and the American West, Vol. 2, Contributors include Sarah A. Hunt, James P. Ronda, Joan Carpenter Troccoli, John Wilmerding .
Take a grand tour of Western American Art in this gorgeous coffee-table sized book that provides a unique means of exploring the meaning and history of the American West.

Book of the Week: September 16, 2013
The Syria Dilemma, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel.
This collection of essays, all written by experts on Syria, looks at the ethical and political issues related to the ongoing civil war in Syria, and what can be done to resolve this conflict.

Book of the Week: September 9, 2013
The American Century: A History of the United States Since the 1890's, by Walter LaFeber, Richard Polenberg and Nancy Woloch.
An engaging college-level survey text covering American history from the 1890's through to 2012. It is ideal for use in both one and two semester courses.

Book of the Week: September 2, 2013
There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America, by Philip Dray.
From the nineteenth-century textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for the American bounty has shaped our national experience...

Book of the Week: August 26, 2013
What Causes War?: An Introduction to Theories of International Conflict, by Greg Cashman.
Thoroughly revised and updated edition, this classic text presents a comprehensive survey of the many alternative theories that attempt to explain the causes of interstate war. Cashman examines theories of war at the individual, substate, nation-state, dyadic, and international systems level of analysis. Written in a clear and accessible style, this interdisciplinary text will be essential reading for all students of international relations.

Book of the Week: August 19, 2013
The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics, and Ideologies - (Updated 2013 Edition), edited by David W. Lesch and Mark L. Haas.
This book provides an objective, cross-cultural assessment of US policy toward the Middle East. Includes a new chapter dedicated to the events of the Arab Spring and its aftermath and new chapters discussing the superpowers and the Middle East throughout the Cold War; the Bush and Obama administrations and the Arab-Israeli conflict; contemporary US-Syrian relations; the importance of ideology to US-Iranian relations under the last three administrations; and US relations with al-Qa'ida.

Book of the Week: August 12, 2013
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, by Anne Applebaum.
This book describes how, spurred by Stalin and his secret police, the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like for the people living under these regimes.

Book of the Week: August 5, 2013
The Modern American Military, By David M. Kennedy.
A series of essays by leading experts in the field that looks at the current state of the American military and how modern changes, such as the advent of an all-volunteer force has transformed the military.

Book of the Week: July 29, 2013
Code Name Pauline, by Pearl Witherington Cornioley .
A memoir of a British Special Operations Executive (SOE) who spent seven months working in Nazi occupied France, where she became a resistance leader.

Book of the Week: July 22, 2013
What Is Your Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans, By Kenneth Prewitt.
America is preoccupied with race statistics--perhaps more than any other nation. Do these statistics illuminate social reality and produce coherent social policy, or cloud that reality and confuse social policy? This, and other questions are answered in this timely book.

Book of the Week: July 15, 2013
The French Revolution in Global Perspective, edited by Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt, and William Max Nelson.
A collection of essays that show how the political culture of the Revolution emerged out of a long history of global commerce, imperial competition, and the movement of people and ideas in places as far flung as India, Egypt, Guiana, and the Caribbean.

Book of the Week: July 8, 2013
Translating Maya Hieroglyphs , by Scott A. J. Johnson.
A step-by-step foreign language textbook that teachs you how to read and translate the Mayan glyphs.

Book of the Week: July 1, 2013
The Children of Henry VIII, by John Guy.
This book provides an intimate look at the lives of Henry VIII's four children, Mary, Henry Fitzroy, Elizabeth, and Edward. It also examines how reproductive issues affected not only Henry VIII's personal relationships, but also British history as a whole.

Book of the Week: June 24, 2013
Across the Divide: Union Soldiers View the Northern Home Front, by Steven J. Ramold.
Explores the divide that developed between the Union soldiers and the civilians they were fighting for.

Book of the Week: June 17, 2013
A Collection of Books on the Syrian Civil War
Rather than just one book, this week's book of the week is a collection of books that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the current conflict in Syria, and its possible ramifications for the world.

Book of the Week: June 10, 2013
Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, by Mario Livio.
A look at five scientist: Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein, and how their biggest mistakes helped to advance scientific inquiries.

Book of the Week: June 3, 2013
A Sneetch is a Sneetch and other Philosophical Discoveries, by Thomas E. Wartenberg.
Discover the philosophical insights inherent in children's literature, and learn how to discuss philosophical issues with children, in this humorous introduction to the study of philosophy and children's literature.

Book of the Week: May 27, 2013
A Social History of Europe, 1945-2000, by Hartmut Kaelble.
An erudite overview of European social history from 1945-2000, which not only charts the changes that occurred throughout this period, but which also discusses why and how these changes occurred.

Book of the Week: May 20, 2013
The Flower of Empire, by Tatiana Holway.
An Amazonian Water Lily, the Quest to Make it Bloom, and the World it Created. A social history of the Age of Flowers.

Book of the Week: May 13, 2013
Read an excerpt from Bunker Hill, by Nathaniel Philbrick.
The epic story of the battle that set America firmly on the course of revolution.

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