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  • The Story of Life in 25 Fossilsby Donald R. Prothero

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils in a gripping, scientific history of life on Earth. Recounting the adventures behind the discovery of these objects and fully interpreting their significance within the larger fossil record, Prothero creates a... more...

  • Civilizationsby Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

    Free Press 2001; US$ 32.99

    In Civilizations, Felipe Fernández-Armesto once again proves himself a brilliantly original historian, capable of large-minded and comprehensive works; here he redefines the subject that has fascinated historians from Thucydides to Gibbon to Spengler to Fernand Braudel: the nature of civilization. To Fernández-Armesto, a civilization is "civilized... more...

  • The Lost City of Zby David Grann

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.95

    This  New York Times  bestseller is soon to be a major motion picture starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, and Robert Pattinson and directed by James Gray.   In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find... more...

  • Invisible Romansby Robert C. Knapp

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 13.31

    Robert Knapp seeks out the ordinary people who formed the fabric of everyday life in ancient Rome and the outlaws and pirates who lay beyond it. They are the housewives, prostitutes, freedmen, slaves, soldiers, and gladiators who lived commonplace lives and left almost no trace in history - until now. But their words are preserved in literature,... more...

  • The History of Alexanderby Quintus Curtius Rufus; Waldemar Heckel; John Yardley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma. Curtius' History offers a great deal of information... more...

  • The Roman Empire and the Indian Oceanby Raoul McLaughlin

    Pen and Sword 2014; US$ 24.95

    The ancient evidence suggests that international commerce supplied Roman government with up to a third of the revenues that sustained their empire. In ancient times large fleets of Roman merchant ships set sail from Egypt on voyages across the Indian Ocean. They sailed from Roman ports on the Red Sea to distant kingdoms on the east coast of Africa... more...

  • Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothersby Norman H. Rothschild

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 39.99

    Wu Zhao (624–705), better known as Wu Zetian or Empress Wu, is the only woman to have ruled China over the course of its 5,000-year history. How did she rise to power, and why was she never overthrown? Exploring a mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries, this multifaceted history suggests that Wu Zhao drew on China?s rich pantheon of female... more...

  • Schopenhauer: Parerga and Paralipomena: Volume 2by Arthur Schopenhauer; Adrian Del Caro; Christopher Janaway

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 100.00

    A new translation of the popular philosophical essays that made Schopenhauer famous, including essays on a diverse range of topics. more...

  • Daodejingby Laozi; Edmund Ryden; Benjamin Penny

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 8.99

    The Daodejing encapsulates the main tenets of Daoism, a philosophy and religion whose dominant image is the Way, a life-giving stream that enables individuals to achieve harmony and a more profound level of understanding. This new translation draws on the latest archaeological finds and brings out the word play and poetry of the original. more...

  • Factional Competition and Political Development in the New Worldby Elizabeth M. Brumfiel; John W. Fox

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 38.00

    This volume examines how factional competition in ancient New World societies led to the development of chiefdoms, states and empires. more...