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  • I Am Malalaby Malala Yousafzai; Christina Lamb

    Orion 2013; US$ 9.99

    *Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize* When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range. Malala Yousafzai's extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan... more...

  • Infidelby Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Atria Books 2007; US$ 17.00

    In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin and Nomad, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.... more...

  • The First Tycoonby T.J. Stiles

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 19.95

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius ?Commodore? Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched and elegantly... more...

  • Harry S. Trumanby Robert Dallek; Arthur M. Jr. Schlesinger; Sean Wilentz

    Henry Holt and Co. 2008; US$ 6.79

    The plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century In April 1945, after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the presidency fell to a former haberdasher and clubhouse politician from Independence, Missouri. Many believed he would be overmatched by the job,... more...

  • The Map That Changed the Worldby Simon Winchester

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 15.50

    The extraordinary tale of the father of modern geology. Hidden behind velvet curtains above a stairway in a house in London's Piccadilly is an enormous and beautiful hand-coloured map - the first geological map of anywhere in the world. Its maker was a farmer's son named William Smith. Born in 1769 his life was beset by troubles: he was imprisoned... more...

  • Alexander the Greatby Thomas R. Martin; Christopher W. Blackwell

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 23.00

    This book explains what made Alexander 'Great' according to the people and expectations of his time and place. more...

  • Woodrow Wilsonby H. W. Brands; Arthur M. Jr. Schlesinger

    Henry Holt and Co. 2003; US$ 17.50

    A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of one of the major shapers of American foreign policy On the eve of his inauguration as President, Woodrow Wilson commented, "It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs." As America was drawn into the Great War in Europe, Wilson used his scholarship,... more...

  • The Liberatorby Alex Kershaw

    Crown/Archetype 2012; US$ 16.00

    The untold story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War      Written with Alex Kershaw's trademark narrative drive and vivid immediacy, The Liberator traces the remarkable battlefield journey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks through the Allied liberation of Europe?from the first landing in Italy to... more...

  • Hitlerby Michael Lynch

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 44.95

    Adolf Hitler is the most notorious political figure of the twentieth century. The story of his life, how he became a dictator, and how he managed to convince so many to follow his cause is a subject of perennial fascination. Balancing narrative and analysis, this biography employs a chronological approach to describe the main features of Hitler?s... more...

  • Herculine Barbinby Michel Foucault

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.95

    With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite. Herculine was designated female at birth. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening bodies of her classmates, a passionate lover... more...