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  • The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceiversby Roelf Bolt; Andy Brown

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 30.00

    George Washington may never have told a lie, but he may be the only person?our history is littered with liars, deceivers, fraudsters, counterfeiters, and unfaithful lovers.  The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers  gathers 150 of them, each entry telling the intriguing tale of the liar?s motives and the people who fell for the lies.   To collect... more...

  • From Frontiers to Footballby Matthew Brown

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 30.00

    With Brazil hosting the FIFA World Cup this summer and the Olympic Games in 2016, all eyes are on Latin America. But what vision of these countries will we be given? Will our airwaves be full of cultural stereotypes about Latin Americans and inaccurate interpretations of the region?s position in the world? In From Frontiers to Football , Matthew... more...

  • Brandyby Becky Sue Epstein

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 18.00

    Made from distilled wine, brandy has a long, noble tradition of refined consumption, but it has also recently experienced a surge in popularity thanks to new cocktail trends. Brandy chronicles the history of this very popular spirit, traveling from medieval alchemists to present-day drink mixologists and exploring brandy?s production and consumption... more...

  • Christmasby Tara Moore

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 30.00

    Black Friday. The War on Christmas. Miracle on 34th Street and Elf . From shopping malls and Fox News to movie theaters, Christmas no longer solely celebrates to the birth of Christ. Considering the holiday in its global context, Christmas journeys from its historical origins to its modern incarnation as a global commercial event, stopping along... more...

  • Figsby David Sutton

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 18.00

    Lusciously sweet and with a complex texture, figs are both a nutritious culinary delicacy and an important symbol in religion and culture. Associated with Christmas since the time of Charles Dickens?not to mention Dionysus or the Garden of Eden?the fig is steeped in history. In this account of the festive fruit, David C. Sutton places the fig in its... more...

  • Terror and Tolerationby Paula Sutter Fichtner

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 45.00

    Many negative stereotypes of Muslims can be traced to the clashes between the Ottoman Empire and Christian Europe in the Middle Ages. Paula Sutter Fichtner explores here the particular dynamics between the Ottoman and Austrian Habsburg empires and chronicles the evolution of a political relationship that shifted from hatred to understanding. In... more...

  • Thailandby Maurizio Peleggi

    Reaktion Books 2007; US$ 30.00

    Tourist brochures and travel guides depict Thailand as an exotic country with a rich cultural heritage, strong religious traditions, and a popular monarchy. Historians also contribute to Thailand?s international allure with chronicles of its unique historical and cultural continuity in comparison to the other southeast Asian countries, whose histories... more...

  • Looking at Animals in Human Historyby Linda Kalof

    Reaktion Books 2007; US$ 45.00

    Taking in a wide range of visual and textual materials, Linda Kalof in Looking at Animals in Human History unearths many surprising and revealing examples of our depictions of animals. more...

  • The Global Economic System since 1945by Larry Allen

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 24.95

    The Global Economic System since 1945 re-evaluates world economic history in a context that recognizes and avoids the inherent limitations of mathematical models. more...

  • Giovanni Belliniby Oskar Bätschmann

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 55.00

    With Giovanni Bellini, renowned art historian Oskar Bätschmann charts the fraught trajectory of Bellini?s career, highlighting the crucial works that established his far-reaching influence in the Renaissance. more...