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15 Best-Selling History Books of 2012
Some of these books are must-reads. Others are of questionable historical value. What they all share in common is that they were bestsellers during 2012...

Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War (1913-1916), by Guillaume Apollinaire.
A bilingual, French and English edition of Calligrammes, includes an introduction and detailed commentary on Apollinaire's influential poems.

A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution, by Jeremy D. Popkin.
Offers an overview of the Haitian Revolution, from the slave uprising in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1791 to the declaration of Haitiís independence in 1804.

A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern, by Mary Brooks Picken.
A unique dictionary that provides definitions to more than 10,000 words related to costumes and fashion, from aal to Zulu cloth. It also includes more than 750 illustrations.

Free Speech Beyond Words, by Mark V. Tushnet, Alan K. Chen, and Joseph Blocher.
This book presents an overview of some of the lesser recognized applications of the First Amendment, namely those dealing with non-representational art, instrumental music, and nonsense speech.

Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew, by Brian Hicks.
A detailed history of the brigantine Mary Celeste, who assured her place in history in 1872 when she was found adrift in the Atlantic without a soul onboard...

The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva, by David Haviland.
A treasure trove of historical trivia that separates the fact from the fiction and which highlights some of the more farcical moments in history.

Patriotism: Quotations from Around the World, edited by Herb Galewitz.
More than 400 patriotic quotes from around the world, arranged alphabetically by author.

Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint, 2nd Edition, by Lawrence O. Gostin.
Newly revised and expanded, this is a comprehensive introduction to the field of public health law, and the role that the government does, and should play in protecting the health of its citizens.

Sid Meier's Civilization III, By Firaxis Games.
In this complex, and fun to play computer game, where you get to rewrite history.

The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Published in 1774, this romantic tragedy became one of the first literary 'bestsellers' in the world.

Vocabulario Vaquero / Cowboy Talk, by Robert N. Smead.
A Dictionary of Spanish Terms from the American West.

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