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The Fatal Shore: The epic of Australia's founding Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780394753669
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 1988

In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today.


The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573194
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


The Thirty Years War Cover Image
By C. V. Wedgwood, Anthony Grafton (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781590171462
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 30th, 2005

Europe in 1618 was riven between Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless principalities.


Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300240214
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Published: Yale University Press - July 24th, 2018

An Economist Best History Book 2017
 
“History as it should be written.”—Barry Cunliffe, Guardian
 
“Scott hits the nail squarely on the head by exposing the staggering price our ancestors paid for civilization and political order.”—Walter Scheidel, Financial Times
 


Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393357622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism

"Exhilarating…A rich resurrection of a forgotten history." —Parul Sehgal, New York Times


Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328618573
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019

“Gripping… Chang has accomplished the seemingly impossible… he has written a remarkably rich, human and compelling story of the railroad Chinese.”—Peter Cozzens, Wall Street Journal

WINNER OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS AWARD FOR LITERATURE 
WINNER OF THE CHINESE AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION BEST BOOK AW


Seismic City: An Environmental History of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780295746098
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Published: University of Washington Press - August 12th, 2019

The Season: A Social History of the Debutante Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608731
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 19th, 2019

A Smithsonian Best History Book of 2019

In this enthralling history of the debutante ritual, Kristen Richardson sheds new light on contemporary ideas about women and marriage.


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Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393609455
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2019

A spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress.


The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631494000
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Published: Liveright - May 29th, 2018

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award
A Publishers Weekly Holiday Guide History Pick

“A book so gripping it can scarcely be put down.... Superb.” —New York Times Book Review

"WESTWARD HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA!"


American Radicals: How Nineteenth-Century Protest Shaped the Nation Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525573098
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Published: Crown - October 8th, 2019

A dynamic, timely history of nineteenth-century activists—free-lovers and socialists, abolitionists and vigilantes—and the social revolution they sparked in the turbulent Civil War era


Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780190673062
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2019

In November 1519, Hernando Cort�s walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma. That story--and the story of what happened afterwards--has been told many times, but always following the narrative offered by the Spaniards. After all, we have been taught, it was the Europeans who held the pens.


SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631492228
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Published: Liveright - September 6th, 2016

New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Kirkus Reviews
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)
Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
Finalist for the


Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781324002161
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 12th, 2019

With wit, wisdom, and a sharp scalpel, Jack Hartnell dissects the medieval body and offers a remedy to our preconceptions.


Everybody's Doin' It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917 Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393608946
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019

"Racy scholarship does the Grizzly Bear here with theoretical rigor." —William Lhamon, author of Raising Cain


The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781610397964
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 1st, 2019

From language to culture to cultural collision: the story of how humans invented history, from the Stone Age to the Virtual Age


Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525428312
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Published: Viking - October 1st, 2019

A major new history of the Crusades with an unprecedented wide scope, told in a tableau of portraits of people on all sides of the wars, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Templars.


Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385542197
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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Winner
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

From an award-winning historian comes a dazzling history of the birth of cultural anthropology and the adventurous scientists who pioneered it—a sweeping chronicle of discovery and the fascinating origin story of our multicultural world.


King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780520314207
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Published: University of California Press - September 17th, 2019

"King and Emperor takes on the compelling suspense of good detective work as well as good history."—The Wall Street Journal

Charles I, often known as Charlemagne, is one of the most extraordinary figures ever to rule an empire.


The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537968
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - October 2nd, 2018

Winner, 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing
Short-listed for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize
A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2017, Publishers Weekly

A Best History Book of 2017, The Guardian

"Warning: She spares no detail!" —Erik Larson, bestselling author of Dead Wake


Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300215953
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Published: Yale University Press - October 22nd, 2019

The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America’s history
 

Named One of the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019   •  Named One of the 10 Best History Books of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine  • Winner of the MPIBA Reading the West Book Award for narrative nonf


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION

NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE

BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE

A WASHINGTON POST TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631496394
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Published: Liveright - December 10th, 2019

“A wonderfully rich, witty, insightful, and wide-ranging portrait of the two Plinys and their world.”—Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live


When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781426220883
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Published: National Geographic - February 4th, 2020

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501191114
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 28th, 2019

“This magnificent love letter to Rome” (Stephen Greenblatt) tells the story of the Eternal City through pivotal moments that defined its history—from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to the German occupation in World War Two—“an erudite history that reads like a page-turner” (Maria Semple).


Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393357691
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2020

A New York Times Editors' Choice
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award
Longlisted for the Cundill History Prize

“Absorbing.… Segregation is not one story but many. Luxenberg has written his with energy, elegance and a heart aching for a world without it.” —James Goodman, The New York Times Book Review


The Making of the English Working Class Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780394703220
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Published: Vintage -

A seminal text on the history of the working class by one of the most important intellectuals of the twentieth century. 


A People's History of the United States Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062397348
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 17th, 2015

THE CLASSIC NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"A wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." –Howard Fast


Plagues and Peoples Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385121224
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Published: Anchor - October 11th, 1977

Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact--political, demographic, ecological, and psychological--of disease on cultures.


Anti-Intellectualism in American Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780394703176
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Published: Vintage -

Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life is a book which throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be, as a force in a democratic society.


Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780231074896
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Published: Columbia University Press - February 14th, 2012

As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women. In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles.


The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780195171570
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 8th, 2004

What is history and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, John Lewis Gaddis, answers these and other questions in this short, witty, and humane book.


A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781590172186
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 10th, 2006

The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers were driven into exile.


Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Cover Image
By Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780853459910
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Published: Monthly Review Press - January 1st, 1997

The classic survey of Latin America's social and cultural history, with a new introduction by Isabel Allende