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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.

The Jewish Confederates, by Robert N. Rosen.
This remarkable book provides a detailed overview of the role that Southern Jewry played, on and off the battlefield, in support of the Confederate cause. Rosen also examines the lack of anti-Semitism that seems to have prevailed in the South, and he compares this to the higher levels of anti-Semitism that were perceived to have existed in the North.

Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps, edited by Karen Wigen, Sugimoto Fumiko, and Cary Karacas.
The history of Japan, starting in the 1500s, told through its maps and forty-seven essays detailing the significance of maps in Japanese political, cultural, and geological history.

One Day We Will Live Without Fear: Everyday Lives Under the Soviet Police State, by Mark Harrison.
A glimpse into what life was like for ordinary people living under the thumb of the Soviet police state.

Seven Modern Plagues: and How We Are Causing Them, 2e, by Mark Jerome Walters.
A readable account of seven diseases whose origins can be traced back to ecological damage caused by humans. This book details not only their origins, but also the threat they might pose in the future.

Andrei Sakharov: The Conscience of Humanity, edited by Sidney D. Drell & George P. Shultz.
A collection of essays that provide keen insights in the history, life, work, and legacy of Andrei Sakharov - scientist, dissident, human rights activist, and more...

Commitment and Sacrifice: Personal Diaries from the Great War, by Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee and Frans Coetzee.
This book offers a unique glimpse into the lives and experiences of six men who lived through the First World War, as seen via their diary entries.

Moroni and the Swastika, by David Conley Nelson.
Nelson's book claims that the LDS Church prospered under Nazi rule, in part because they aided the Nazi regime. This eye-opening book tells the story of the Mormons in Nazi Germany and the extent to which they, and the American leadership, were complicit in aiding the Nazi cause in order to protect the Church and its members in Germany.

Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance, by Daisy Hay.
A compelling biography of Mary Anne Disraeli, the woman behind the noted English politician and writer, Benjamin Disraeli.

At Home in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History, by Amy G. Richter.
Take a journey through 19th century domestic life through this series of excerpts from personal accounts, essays, government documents, magazine articles, fictional stories, advice manuals, and much more...

Biology of Plagues: Evidence from Historical Populations, by Susan Scott & Christopher J. Duncan.
Were hemorrhagic fevers, like Ebola, the cause of some of the plagues that ravaged Medieval Europe? In this ground-breaking book the authors demonstrated that it is likely that many of the epidemics that were once thought to have been cases of bubonic plague where in reality outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever...

Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader, by Alan M. Kraut.
A detailed biography of Dr. Joseph Goldberger, a Jewish immigrant to the United States who discovered the root cause of pellagra, a disease that often killed its victims and which, as Goldberger discovered, could be easily cured by a change in diet.

Hunger Fighters, by Paul de Kruif.
Eleven essays that detail the lives and works of the early pioneers of the food sciences, including Mark Alfred Carleton, Angus Mackay, Marion Dorset, John Mohler, Friedrich Loeffler, Edward Francis, George Harrison Shull, George Hoffer, Stephen Moulton Babcock, Harry Steenbock, and Joseph Goldberger.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War Against Nazi Germany, by James M. McCaffrey.
A social and military history of the all-Nisei (second generation Japanese-American), 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which served with distinction during World War II.

Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America, by Margaret M. McGuinness.
A concise survey of the history of Catholic women religious in American.

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, by Dan Jones.
A popular history of the tumultuous reign (1120-1399) of the House of Plantagenet and the indelible mark that the Plantagenets left upon English history.

Plagues & Poxes, by Alfred Jay Bollet.
The Impact of Human History on Epidemic Disease.

Global Flu and You: A History of Influenza, by George Dehner.
A concise overview of the history and science related to pandemic influenza.

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York, by Richard Zacks.
A vivid portrait of the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York, and of Theodore Roosevelt efforts to clean it up.

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...

Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic, by Elaine G. Breslaw.
A survey of health care in early America.

Midnight Rising, by Tony Horwitz.
A narrative that intertwines the history of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry with biographical sketches of the key players connected to this pivotal moment in American history.

Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard.
An account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, with a detailed overview of his assassination and its aftermath.

Muriel's War, by Sheila Isenberg.
A biography of Muriel Gardiner, and American heiress who joined the anti-Fascist Austrian underground.

Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt, by Joyce Tyldesley.
Who was Cleopatra? In this book, Tyldesley strips away the myth to uncover the real story of the last queen of Egypt.

1938: Hitler's Gamble, by Giles MacDonogh.
Focusing on the year 1938, MacDonogh chronicles Hitler's rise to power.

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.

God's Instruments: Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell, by Blair Worden.
A look at how Puritan ideology shaped the political and philosophical outlook of England, and how it was implemented throughout in Puritan Revolution.

Reading Colonial Japan: Text, Context, and Critique, edited by Michele M. Mason and Helen J. S. Lee.
An eclectic collection of eight texts written by Japanese authors and translated into English. These texts detail the Japanese colonial experience, and each text is accompanied by a contextual essay and historical critique.

Of Little Comfort, by Erika Kuhlman.
War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation After the Great War.

American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, by Nancy K. Bristow.
A compelling social history of the impact of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on American society, history, and psyche.

Networks in Tropical Medicine: Internationalism, Colonialism, and the Rise of a Medical Specialty, 1890-1930, by Deborah J. Neill.
A study of the development of tropical medicine as a distinct field of study, and how researchers collaborated, on an international level, to combat sleeping sickness in Africa.

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 Haiti’s independence in 1804.

Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man, by David Remley.
A lively and balanced biography of Christopher "Kit" Carson, which helps to separate the fact from the fiction surrounding the life of this legendary frontiersman.

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...

In Time of War: Hitler's Terrorist Attack on America, by Pierce O'Donnell.
A forgotten episode of World War II, the Supreme Court case it sparked, and the precedent it set...

The Girl with the Crooked Nose, by Ted Botha.
A biography of Frank Bender, the self-taugh forensic sculptor whose facial reconstructions gave a face to countless victims.

Knights of the Sea, by David Hanna.
The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812.

The Character of Meriwether Lewis, by Clay S. Jenkinson.
Explorer in the Wilderness - Essays on One of the Most Remarkable Men in American History.

The Magnificent Spilsbury..., by Jane Robins.
A in-depth study of the 1915 Case of the Brides in the Bath murder investigation.

Botany Bay, by Alan Frost.
A detailed account of the events and political motivations that led to the founding of Botany Bay as a British colony.

Tolstoy: A Russian Life, by Rosamund Bartlett.
The first new biography in twenty years of the literary colossus, spiritual leader, and icon of the nineteenth century.

The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945, by Steven B. Bowman.
Detailing the vicissitudes of those Jews who held Greek citizenship during the interwar and wartime periods, and the fate of Greek Jews during the Holocaust.

Trafalgar: The Men, The Battle, The Storm, by Tim Clayton and Phil Craig.
An account of the Battle of Trafalgar and the men and ships that saw action during this bloody sea battle that turned the tide of the Napoleonic wars in favor of the British.

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article, by Howard S. Becker.
A lifesaver for writers in all fields, from beginning students to published authors. Becker's message is clear; in order to learn how to write, take a deep breath and then begin writing. Revise. Repeat.

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books, by William Germano.
This book will help you to find the right academic publisher, evaluate a contract, handle the review process, and, finally, emerge as a published author.

Pirates of Barbary, by Adrian Tinniswood.
Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean.

Rocket Men, by Craig Nelson.
The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon.

Island in a Storm, by Abby Sallenger.
A Rising Sea, A Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World.

In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson.
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.

The Life of Lord Kelvin, by Silvanus P. Thompson.
The work is considered the definitive biography of Lord Kelvin, and it includes Kelvin's personal recollections and data.

Governess: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres, by Ruth Brandon.
Brandon weaves literary and social history with details from the lives of actual governesses, drawn from their letters and journals, to craft a rare portrait of real women whose lives were in stark contrast to the romantic tales of their fictional counterparts.

Caribbean Exchanges, by Susan Dwyer Amussen.
Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, 1640-1700.

Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy, edited by Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker.
This book contains a collection of chapters, authored by leading experts, covering the life and wide-ranging contributions made by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907).

Degrees Kelvin: A Tale of Genius, Invention, and Tragedy, by David Lindley.
This is a popular biography that provides a compelling overview of William Thomson's life and works, and which introduces a new generation to this nearly forgotten, but still vitally important scientific hero who is known to us today as Lord Kelvin.

Lord Kelvin and the Age of the Earth, by Joe D. Burchfield.
This book charts the enormous impact made by Lord Kelvin's application of thermodynamic laws to the question of the earth's age and the heated debate his ideas sparked among British Victorian scientist.

An Awkward Truth, by Peter Grose.
The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942.

Greek Archaeology: A Thematic Approach, by Christopher Mee.
An extensive examination of the material culture of the Greek world from its Neolithic roots in 7000 B.C. to the close of the Hellenistic period in 146 B.C. Features a unique thematic approach to the study of Greek archaeology.

The Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History Since 1789, by Nicholas Atkin, Michael Biddiss, and Frank Tallett.
This is an authoritative and accessible reference guide to the major people, events, and issues that have shaped the development of Europe from the French Revolution to the present day.

Choice & Coercion, by Johanna Schoen.
Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare.

The Assassination of Julius Caesar, by Michael Parenti.
Why did a group of Roman senators gather near Pompey's theater on March 15, 44 B.C., to kill Julius Caesar? Was it their fear of Caesar's tyrannical power? Or were these aristocratic senators worried that Caesar's land reforms and leanings toward democracy would upset their own control over the Roman Republic?

Smallpox, Syphilis and Salvation, by Sheryl Persson.
A history of some of the most momentous medical breakthroughs of the modern age from the vaccine for smallpox to the discovery of penicillin, interwoven with biographies of the researchers who made these breakthroughs possible.

Examining Tuskegee, by Susan M. Reverby.
This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the notorious study of untreated syphilis that has become the American metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance, and physician arrogance.

50 Battles that Changed the World, by William Weir.
An overview of fifty military battles that, according to the book's author, most influenced the course of history.

Sears Fashions Catalogs: 7-Book Set, edited by JoAnne Olian and Stella Blum.
This seven-volume set provides hundreds of pages of fashion illustrations, accompanied by descriptive captions, drawn from rare copies of Sears catalogs from 1900-1969. The reproduced pages from these catalogs are organized chronologically, and detail everyday fashions of men, women, and children.

Bloomingdale's Illustrated 1886 Catalog, by the Bloomingdale Brothers.
Famed merchants' extremely rare catalog depicting about 1,700 products: clothing, housewares, firearms, dry goods, jewelry, more. Invaluable for dating, identifying vintage items.

Franklin Simon Fashion Catalog for 1923, by the Franklin Simon & Co.
This catalog has over 500 illustrations of fur-trimmed evening wraps, bridal gowns, and casual day wear. There are also a variety of accessories for men, stylish clothing for children, and a complete array of costume jewelry, hats, shoes, handbags and the like.

Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalogue: Spring & Summer 1895, by the Montgomery Ward & Co.
Tea gowns, yards of flannel and pillow-case lace, stereoscopes, books of gospel hymns, the New Improved Singer Sewing Machine, side saddles, milk skimmers, straight-edged razors, high-button shoes, and spittoons are some of the 25,000 items listed in this catalog.

Isaac Israeli: A Neoplatonic Philosopher of the Early Tenth Century, by A. Altmann and S. M. Stern.
Recognized as one of the earliest Jewish neo-Platonist writers, Isaac ben Solomon Israeli (ca. 855–955) influenced Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars through the Middle Ages.

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch.
Christianity will teach modern readers things that have been lost in time about how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed.

Alfarabi: Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, by Alfarabi.
This long-awaited reissue of the 1969 Cornell edition of Alfarabi's Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle contains Muhsin Mahdi's substantial original introduction and a new foreword by Charles E. Butterworth and Thomas L. Pangle. The three parts of the book, "Attainment of Happiness," "Philosophy of Plato," and "Philosophy of Aristotle," provide a philosophical foundation for Alfarabi's political works.

The History of Underclothes, by C. Willett and Phillis Cunnington.
Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century, embroidered linen drawers (1500s), hooped petticoat support (c. 1750), footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, early 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," and much more.

Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, by Katherine Lester and Bess Viola Oerke.
From hats, veils, wigs, and cosmetics to cravats, shawls, shoes, and gloves, this useful reference provides an entertaining account of the forms of personal adornment men and women have used throughout the ages to enhance their wearing apparel.

Medieval Costume and Fashion, by Herbert Norris.
A superb panoramic study of clothing worn in the Middle Ages. A meticulously researched text is enhanced with nearly 700 illustrations depicting all manner of apparel — from fur-trimmed cloaks and brocaded robes of courtiers and the nobility to simpler mantles, tunics and trousers worn by merchants, huntsmen, and other commoners.

English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century, by C. Willett Cunnington.
Remarkably thorough illustrated overview based on rare period photographs, periodicals, other contemporary sources. Description and information about hundreds of fashions: morning dresses, riding outfits, carriage costumes, evening dresses, bridal gowns, more.

Nielsen's Fairy Tale Illustrations in Full Color, by Kay Nielsen.
Danish-American artist Kay Nielsen is famed for his versions of stories by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen as well as the Nordic fables recounted in East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon. This enchanting compilation draws upon Nielsen's images from these and other beloved books.

Thomas Cromwell, by Robert Hutchinson.
The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's most Notorious Minister.

Hayy ibn Yaqzan, by Ibn Tufayl.
The Arabic philosophical fable Hayy Ibn Yaqzan is a classic of medieval Islamic philosophy. Ibn Tufayl (d. 1185), the Andalusian philosopher, tells of a child raised by a doe on an equatorial island who grows up to discover the truth about the world and his own place in it.

Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, by James W. Loewen.
Looking at more than one hundred historical sites, Loewen uses his investigation of these public versions of history to correct historical interpretations that are profoundly wrong.

Tycoon's War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to Overthrow America's Most Famous Military Adventurer, by Stephen Dando-Collins.
Tycoon's War tells the story of an epic imperialist duel—a violent battle of capitalist versus idealist, money versus ambition—and a monumental clash of egos that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans.

Consciousness Explained, by Daniel C. Dennett.
The author of Brainstorms, Daniel C. Dennett replaces our traditional vision of consciousness with a new model based on a wealth of fact and theory from the latest scientific research.

Freedom Evolves, by Daniel C. Dennett.
In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.

Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages, by Jaroslav Prlikam.
In this superbly written history, Pelikan takes the reader through the good book’s evolution from its earliest incarnation as oral tales to its modern existence in various iterations, translations, and languages.

A Short History of Myth, by Karen Armstrong.
A concise yet compelling investigation into myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it.

Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, by Maryn McKenna.
Lurking in our homes, hospitals, schools, and farms is a terrifying pathogen that is evolving faster than the medical community can track it or drug developers can create antibiotics to quell it. That pathogen is MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus — and this book tells the story of its shocking spread and the alarming danger it poses to us all.

The Concept of the Soul and the After-Life, by Israel Drazin.
This article examines what the Hebrew Bible, the basic book for Judaism, Christianity, and to some extent for Islam, says about the soul and life after death, as well as what several key philosophers, namely Plato, Abraham Maimonides, Aristotle, and Moses Maimonides thought on the subject.

On the Soul - De Anima, by Aristotle.
For the Pre-Socratic philosophers the soul was the source of movement and sensation, while for Plato it was the seat of being. Plato's student, Aristotle, was determined to test the truth of both these beliefs against the emerging sciences of logic and biology and in De Anima, he sought to set out his theory of the soul as the ultimate reality of embodied form.

Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth, by Alister McGrath.
In recent years the distinction between heresy and orthodoxy has come under fire by those eager to reject the formal boundaries of sanctioned beliefs about God, Jesus, and the church. In a timely corrective to this trend, renowned church historian Alister McGrath argues that the categories of heresy and orthodoxy must be preserved.

A.D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the dawn of the Monotheistic State, by Charles Freeman.
Acclaimed historian Charles Freeman shows that the Council of Constantinople was in fact a sham, only taking place after Theodosius's decree (that all his subjects were required to subscribe to a belief in the Trinity) had become law. This created numerous theological problems for the Church, which have remained unsolved.

Descartes: The Life and Times of a Genius, by A. C. Grayling.
In this new biography, A. C. Grayling tells the story of Descartes' life, and places it in his tumultuous times — with the unexpected result that an entirely new aspect of the story comes to light.

Lyndon B. Johnson and Modern America, by Kevin J. Fernlund.
Building on recent studies that have delved into Johnson's Texas roots, Kevin J. Fernlund has written a brief, lively biography of the thirty-sixth president that better shows how his home state molded his early years - and his presidency.

Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire, by Gerard Koeppel.
In this elegantly written and far-reaching narrative, Koeppel tells the astonishing story of the creation of the Erie Canal and the memorable characters who turned a visionary plan into a successful venture.

The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volume 2: The Codical Texts, by Martha J. Macri and Gabrielle Vail.
A practical catalog of all known Maya graphemes used in the Dresden, Madrid, and Paris codices.

Gilgamesh: A New English Version, by Stephen Mitchell.
Acclaimed translator Stephen Mitchell's lithe, muscular rendering allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, to see how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive it is.

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever, edited by Christopher Hitchens.
This book contains 47 selections from some very famous and non-famous people on the value of atheism, as well as a 14 page fiery introduction by Hitchens.

The Proof of God: The Debate That Shaped Modern Belief, by Larry Witham.
This informative volume tells the history and thinking of three important scholars who addressed the question: Can we prove that God exists?

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, by Richard Dawkins.
A collection of more than 80 excerpts that highlight the depth and range of popular science writing from the early 20th century up to the present day.

They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany, by Patrick K. O'Donnell.
The daring, and true story of five young refugees from Nazi Germany who joined the OSS and went back, behind enemy lines, to fight the Nazis face to face.

The Philosophy of Alfarabi: And, Its Influence on Medieval Thought, by Robert Hammond.
Reverend Hammond wrote this brief book to show that the highly respected Christian philosopher Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) drew much of his philosophy from the famed Muslim philosopher Abu Nasr Alfarabi (c. 872-c. 950).

The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot, by Bart D. Ehrman.
A leading historian of the early church, Bart Ehrman, offers the first comprehensive account of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas, revealing what this legendary lost gospel contains and why it is so important for our understanding of Christianity.

The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon, by Jeremy Black.
A general survey of the War of 1812 that looks at the conflict from an international perspective and which highlights the significance of this conflict in both the national and international arenas.

Music in Art, by Alberto Ausoni.
This new addition to the Guide to Imagery series of guidebooks offers an overview of how music, musical instruments, and musical performances are depicted in art.

The Great Empires of the Ancient World, edited by Thomas Harrison.
Lavishing illustrated, this book consists of ten engaging essays that provide a survey of the major imperial powers that ruled the ancient world from 1600 B.C. to A.D. 500.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West, by Jon Hunner.
An engaging and readable biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the 'Father of the Atomic Bomb'. This biography was written from a unique perspective in that it examines how the American West influenced Oppenheimer, and how he influenced the American West.

Prompt & Utter Destruction, by J. Samuel Walker.
An insightful history that examines how and why President Truman made the decision to use Atomic Bombs against Japan at the end of World War II.

The Black Death: A Personal History, by John Hatcher.
This is a 'literary docudrama' that mixes rigorous historical research with elements of fiction in order to present an engrossing and informative overview of what life was like in a medieval rural village in England during the Black Death epidemic of 1345-1350.

The Brenner Assignment, by Patrick K. O'Donnell.
The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II, in which a three-man team parachuted behind enemy lines to sabotage and hopefully destroy the Brenner Pass - a vital Nazi supply line between Austria and Italy.

The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volume 1: The Classic Period Inscriptions, by Martha J. Macri and Matthew G. Looper.
A practical catalog of all known Maya Script, single sign, hieroglyphs from the classic period (app. 150-900 C.E.).

The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing, edited by Stephen Houston, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, and David Stuart.
A collection of forty-eight essays and other writings that chronicle the history of how the Maya hieroglyphs were decoded, as well as the personalities behind the discoveries that led to the Maya writings being deciphered.

Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl (Revised Edition), by J. Richard Andrews.
A workbook to accompany the revised and updated second edition of Introduction to Classical Nahuatl. The workbook includes exercises keyed to the text, as well as an answer key and vocabulary list.

Secrets of Pompeii: Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, by Emidio De Albentiis.
This book offers readers a unique glimpse into the world of Pompeii and what life was like for the Ancient Romans that lived there, when the city was buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

The Ancient Romans: Their Lives and Their World, by Paul Roberts.
Written for readers ages twelve and up, this lavishly illustrated book provides an engaging introduction to the daily lives of Ancient Romans.

Jerusalem's Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea, by Desmond Seward.
A dynamic biography of Josephus that will fascinate general readers and historians alike.

Walk in the Light and Twenty-Three Tales, by Leo Tolstoy.
A collection of short stories by Tolstoy, along with his novella, Walk in the Light: A Story of Early Christian Times, which highlights Tolstoy's view of Christianity.

The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting, by Umberto Pappalardo.
Take an amazing tour of twenty-eight Roman villas, as you learn about the magnificent wall paintings that decorate their walls, including their history, how they were created, and what is being done to protect these masterpieces.

There is a God, by Antony Flew and Roy Abraham Varghese.
How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.

The Gospel in Brief, by Leo Tolstoy.
Seeking answers to "the problem of life," Tolstoy rewrote the Four Gospels of the New Testament, condensing them into a single book that only included the ethical teachings of Jesus.

The Jefferson Bible, by Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson believed that the pure-principled teachings of Jesus should have been separated from the dogma and abuse of organized religion of the day. This led him to recast, by cutting and pasting from the gospels, a new narrative of the life and teachings of Jesus.

World War One: A Short History, by Norman Stone.
This book provides a brief, yet a succinct overview of World War One, as well as its causes and consequences. It is ideal for use as a brief introduction on the subject or as part of a general survey course on World War One, 20th Century World, or European history.

One Hundred English Folksongs, edited by Cecil J. Sharp.
A collection of one hundred English folksongs accompanied by musical scores for piano and medium voice, as well as historical notes on each song.

Songs and Ballads of Nova Scotia, by Helen Creighton.
A collection of 150 songs and ballads collected around Halifax and Devil's Island, by Helen Creighton, the foremost authority on the folksongs of Nova Scotia.

American Negro Songs, by John W. Work.
A collection of 230 African-American Folk Songs and Spirituals, both Religious and Secular. These songs are enhanced by five essays on the origins and history of African-American folk music.

Fever of War: The Influenza Epidemic in the U.S. Army During World War I, by Carol R. Byerly.
A gripping history of how the Influenza pandemic of 1918-19 affected the U.S. Army and the medical professionals, who found that they were unprepared to cope with such a devastating and wide-scale outbreak.

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History, by Dorothy H. Crawford.
Written for the general reader, this book looks at both ancient and modern epidemics and how diseases develop and spread. It provides a general introduction to the role that microbes, and the diseases they often engender, have impacted human development and history.

The Mexican Wars for Independence, by Timothy J. Henderson.
A rousing account of Mexico's wars of independence 1810-1821, including its causes and consequences. Within this study, special attention is given to the social causes of the conflicts, and how they are still affecting Mexico today.

500 Best-Loved Song Lyrics, collected and edited by Ronald Herder.
A collection of historic song lyrics drawn from military, patriotic, folk, and popular songs, as well as from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway. Numerous hymns, spirituals, and children's songs round out this collection.

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.

60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns, by Kristina Seleshanko.
Included in this book is a generous selection of fashion patterns drawn from Peterson's Magazine, 1860-1869. Black and white illustrations of each garment are presented, along with a description of how the various items are made, and all necssary pattern pieces.

1920's Fashions, from the B. Altman & Company.
A republication of select pages from the Altman Magazine 1921-1929, which includes hundreds of black & white illustrations, brief descriptions of the fashions illustrated, and it includes period pricing.

Plague Ports: The Global Urban Impact of Bubonic Plague, 1894-1901, by Myron Echenberg.
A detailed history of the third bubonic plague pandemic, in which the author follows the plague as it traveled around the globe, and looks at ten port cities that were affected by the plague, and how it was dealt within each city.

Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History, by Aviva Ben-Ur.
An academically rigorous survey of the experiences and history of Sephardic Jews in America from 1654 through to the present.

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