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  • The Dooleys of Richmondby Mary Lynn Bayliss

    University of Virginia Press 2017; US$ 34.95

    The Dooleys of Richmond is the biography of two generations of a dynamic and philanthropic immigrant family in the urban South. While most Irish Catholic immigrants who poured into the region in the nineteenth century were poor and illiterate, John and Sarah Dooley were affluent and well-educated. They brought sophistication and capital to Virginia,... more...

  • The Solitary Spyby Douglas Boyd

    The History Press 2017; US$ 18.99

    The Solitary Spy is a unique account of the terrifying experience of incarceration and interrogation in an East German political prison, from which Boyd eventually escaped one step ahead of the KGB. more...

  • Untangling the Middle Eastby Ori Z. Soltes

    Skyhorse Publishing 2017; US$ 24.99

    A lucid and engaging breakdown of the history, culture, and politics that define today?s Middle East. Untangling the Middle East is a layman?s guide to the historypolitical, religious, and culturalthat led us to the current challenges plaguing the Middle East. It covers the major interests and actors in the region, and helps to spin a narrative... more...

  • Enduring Vietnamby James Wright

    St. Martin's Press 2017; US$ 20.99

    The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the... more...

  • Mission to the Volgaby Ahmad Ibn Fadlan; Tim Severin; James Montgomery

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 15.00

    ?A compelling account which is, among other things, the earliest first-hand description of travel from the Muslim world.? ? Times Literary Supplement Mission to the Volga is the earliest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic?a pioneering text of peerless historical and literary value. In its pages, we move north... more...

  • On Strawberry Hillby Paula Ivaska Robbins; Char Miller

    University of Alabama Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    While not a biography of legendary American forester and conservationist Gifford Pinchot, On Strawberry Hill: The Transcendent Lov e of Gifford Pinchot and Laura Houghteling explores a vital and transformative facet of his personal life that, until now, has remained relatively unknown.? At its core, Paula Ivaska Robbins?s On Strawberry Hill:... more...

  • No Country for Jewish Liberalsby Larry Derfner

    Just World Books 2017; US$ 9.99

    No Country for Jewish Liberals is Larry Derfner's personal and political story of life in contemporary Israel, describing how an American Jewish emigrant and his adopted country grew apart. Taking readers from his boyhood in Los Angeles as the son of Holocaust escapees, through his coming of age amidst the upheavals of 1960s America, to his move... more...

  • Science in the Archivesby Lorraine Daston

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 37.50

    Archives bring to mind rooms filled with old papers and dusty artifacts. But for scientists, the detritus of the past can be a treasure trove of material vital to present and future research: fossils collected by geologists; data banks assembled by geneticists; weather diaries trawled by climate scientists; libraries visited by historians. These are... more...

  • The Excellence of the Arabsby Ibn Qutaybah; Sarah Bowen Savant; Peter Webb; James Montgomery

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 40.00

    The Excellence of the Arabs is a spirited defense of Arab identity?its merits, values, andorigins?at a time of politicalunrest and fragmentation, written by oneof the most important scholars of the early Abbasid era.   In the cosmopolitan milieu of Baghdad, the social prestige attached toclaims of being Arab had begun to decline. Although his... more...

  • Pandora's Labby Paul A. Offit

    National Geographic Society 2017; US$ 26.00

    What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction?  History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating?and significant?missteps: from opium's heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the U.S.; from the rise of trans... more...