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  • Sorry!by Henry Hitchings

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 18.99

    A humorous and charming investigation into what it really means to have proper manners Most of us know a bit about what passes for good manners--holding doors open, sending thank-you notes, no elbows on the table--and we certainly know bad manners when we see them. But where has this patchwork of beliefs and behaviors come from? How did manners... more...

  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshopby Lewis Buzbee

    Graywolf Press 2010; US$ 14.99

    "I cannot remember when I read a book with such delight." --Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Bookstore November, a dark, rainy Tuesday, late afternoon. This is my ideal time to be in a bookstore. The shortened light of the afternoon and the idleness and hush of the hour gather everything close, the shelves and the books and the few other customers... more...

  • George L. Mosse's Italyby Lorenzo Benadusi; Giorgio Caravale

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Twelve years have gone by since the passing of George L. Mosse, yet his work still provides essential tools for historical analysis and influences contemporary research. This volume provides a re-examination of his historiographical production and an analysis of his influence in the context of Italian history. more...

  • American Sketchesby Walter Isaacson

    Simon & Schuster 2009; US$ 15.00

    ?A compelling, highly readable collection of fresh perspectives on some of the most significant names in American history.? ? Kirkus more...

  • What If? IIby Robert Cowley

    Penguin Publishing Group 2002; US$ 15.95

    What if Lincoln didn't abolish slavery? What if an assassin succeeded in killing FDR in 1933? This volume presents 25 intriguing "what if..." scenarios by some of today's greatest historical minds-including James Bradley, Caleb Carr, James Chace, Theodore F. Cook, Jr., Carlos M.N. Eire, George Feifer, Thomas Fleming, Richard B. Frank, Victor Davis... more...

  • What Ifs? Of American Historyby Robert Cowley

    Penguin Publishing Group 2004; US$ 15.00

    Did Eisenhower avoid a showdown with Stalin by not taking Berlin before the Soviets? What might have happened if JFK hadn't been assassinated? This new volume in the widely praised series presents fascinating "what if..." scenarios by such prominent historians as: Robert Dallek, Caleb Carr, Antony Beevor, John Lukacs, Jay Winick, Thomas Fleming, Tom... more...

  • The American Ideaby Robert Vare

    Crown Publishing Group 2008; US$ 17.95

    ?What is ?the American idea?? It is the fractious, maddening approach to the conduct of human affairs that values equality despite its elusiveness, that values democracy despite its debasement, that values pluralism despite its messiness, that values the institutions of civic culture despite their flaws, and that values public life as something higher... more...

  • What They Think of Usby David Farber

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 32.95

    It has never been more important for Americans to understand why the world both hates and loves the United States. In What They Think of Us , a remarkable group of writers from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America describes the world's profoundly ambivalent attitudes toward the United States--before and since 9/11. While many people... more...

  • Pieceworkby Pete Hamill

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 9.99

    In a new volume of journalistic essays, the eclectic author of A Drinking Life offers sharp commentary on diverse subjects, such as American immigration policy toward Mexico, Mike Tyson, television, crack, Northern Ireland and Octavio Paz. more...

  • Works of David Humeby David Hume

    MobileReference.com 2010; US$ 3.99

    This collection was designed for optimal navigation on Kindle and other electronic devices. This collection offers lower price, the convenience of a one-time download, and it reduces the clutter in your digital library. All books included in this collection feature a hyperlinked table of contents and footnotes. The collection is complimented by an... more...