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  • The Spy Who Loved Castroby Marita Lorenz

    Ebury Publishing 2017; US$ 11.27

    Few can say they?ve seen some of the most significant moments of the twentieth century unravel before their eyes. Marita Lorenz is one of them. Born in Germany at the outbreak of WWII, Marita was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. In 1959, she travelled to Cuba where she met and fell in love with Fidel Castro. Yet upon fleeing... more...

  • The Witchfinder's Sisterby Beth Underdown

    Penguin Books Ltd 2017; US$ 21.14

    'VIVID AND TERRIFYING' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train 'At once a feminist parable and an old-fashioned, check-twice-under-the-bed thriller' Patrick Gale ' A tense, surprising and elegantly-crafted novel ' Ian McGuire, author of The North Water 'The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it,... more...

  • On Tyrannyby Timothy Snyder

    Random House 2017; US$ 12.68

    History does not repeat, but it does instruct. In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and established rule by an elite with a monopoly on truth. European... more...

  • The Tartan Turbanby John Keay

    Allison & Busby 2017; US$ 9.99

    ?Among the many gripping tales of travel and exploration the tale of Alexander Gardner is surely one of the most extraordinary. Master storyteller John Keay deftly sifts truth from myth-making to uncover fascinating new evidence, revealing an amazing tale worthy of Kipling or Flashman of a life lived further out on the edge than most could even imagine?... more...

  • Women and Buddhist Philosophyby Jin Y. Park

    University of Hawaii Press 2017; US$ 65.00

    Why and how do women engage with Buddhism and philosophy? The present volume aims to answer these questions by examining the life and philosophy of a Korean Zen Buddhist nun, Kim Iry?p (1896?1971). The daughter of a pastor, Iry?p began questioning Christian doctrine as a teenager. In a few years, she became increasingly involved in women?s movements... more...

  • Genocide in the Ottoman Empireby George N. Shirinian

    Berghahn Books 2017; US$ 69.95

    The final years of the Ottoman Empire were catastrophic ones for its non-Turkish, non-Muslim minorities. From 1913 to 1923, its rulers deported, killed, or otherwise persecuted staggering numbers of citizens in an attempt to preserve "Turkey for the Turks," setting a modern precedent for how a regime can commit genocide in pursuit of political ends... more...

  • Metaphors of Spainby Javier Moreno-Luzón; Xosé M. Núñez Seixas

    Berghahn Books 2017; US$ 34.95

    The history of twentieth-century Spanish nationalism is a complex one, placing a set of famously distinctive regional identities against a backdrop of religious conflict, separatist tensions, and the autocratic rule of Francisco Franco. And despite the undeniably political character of that story, cultural history can also provide essential insights... more...

  • Reluctant Skepticby Harry T. Craver

    Berghahn Books 2017; US$ 34.95

    The journalist and critic Siegfried Kracauer is best remembered today for his investigations of film and other popular media, and for his seminal influence on Frankfurt School thinkers like Theodor Adorno. Less well known is his earlier work, which offered a seismographic reading of cultural fault lines in Weimar-era Germany, with an eye to the confrontation... more...

  • History of the Soviet Unionby Geoffrey Hosking

    HarperCollins Publishers 2017; US$ 12.91

    Originally published in 1992 and now available as an ebook. This edition does not include any images. WINNER OF THE 'LOS ANGELES TIMES' BOOK AWARD FOR HISTORY more...

  • Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetryby Michael Gamer

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 80.00

    Michael Gamer explodes the myth of the unworldly Romantic poet, showing writers' interest in public presence, and profit and loss. more...