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  • Big Ideas in Briefby Ian Crofton

    Quercus 2013; US$ 12.95

    Ian Crofton, former editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopedia, has written a wide range of other general reference books, including Philosophy (Teach Yourself Instant Reference) and Science Without the Boring Bits.   With Big Ideas in Brief , Crofton provides an accessible tour of 200 key concepts that really matter. The ideas covered come from... more...

  • Islam and the Foundations of Political Powerby Ali Abdel Razek; Abdou Filali-Ansary; Maryam Loutfi

    Edinburgh University Press 2012; Not Available

    The translation of an essay first published in Egypt in 1925, which took the contemporaries of its author by storm. At a time when the Muslim world was in great turmoil over the question of the abolition of the caliphate by Mustapha Kamal Ataturk in Turkey Ali Abdel Razek, a religious cleric trained at Al-Azhar University, argued in favour of secularism. more...

  • Doomed to Repeatby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    ?Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.? And so we have. Time and again, mankind has faced down problems, but have often failed to take the hard-earned knowledge into the next battle. Doomed to Repeat is a collection of essays, edited by Bill Fawcett, that illuminates some of the problems we've faced repeatedly throughout history,... more...

  • How to Lose a Warby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    From the Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with truly disastrous military campaigns. How to Lose a War chronicles some of the most remarkable strategic catastrophes and doomed military adventures of overreaching invaders and clueless defenders?whether the failure was a result of poor planning, miscalculations,... more...

  • Holding Fast to an Image of the Pastby Neil Davidson

    Haymarket Books 2014; US$ 22.00

    Davidson discusses how Marxism can retain a sense of historical tradition without becoming fossilized. more...

  • Reflections on the Civil Warby Bruce Catton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 28.95

    Edited from tapes that the Pulitzer prize-winnng historian made before his death, this moving, informative book paints an intimate portrait of war. It's a chronicle of motives and emotions, from larger than life figures Lincoln and Lee to young John B. more...

  • Moments Politiquesby Jacques Ranciere; Mary Foster

    Seven Stories Press 2014; US$ 17.95

    To speak of ?political moments? is to say, first and foremost, that politics is not the continuous unfolding of governmental acts and power struggles; rather, it exists in those moments that question what politics is, exactly, what kind of community it engages, what people are contained therein and what those people are capable of. Politics, for Jacques... more...

  • Insurrections of the Mindby Franklin Foer

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 12.99

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of The New Republic , an extraordinary anthology of essays culled from the archives of the acclaimed and influential magazine. Founded by Herbert Croly and Walter Lippmann in 1914 to give voice to the growing progressive movement, The New Republic has charted and shaped the state of American liberalism, publishing... more...

  • Brief Encountersby Edwin Moore

    Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd 2007; US$ 15.99

    100 articles on meetings between historical figures explore the details of famous (and some not so famous) conversations and events. Meetings range from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day. Articles explain why meetings were important (although some are just funny or downright bizarre). Historical context explains ‘what happened... more...

  • A Short History of Scotlandby Andrew Lang

    MobileReference.com 2010; US$ 3.99

    This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This book features a table of contents linked to every chapter. The book was designed for optimal navigation on the Kindle, PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. It is formatted to display on all electronic devices including the Kindle, Smartphones and other... more...