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  • Breaking Open Japanby George Feifer

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    On July 14, 1853, the four warships of America's East Asia Squadron made for Kurihama, 30 miles south of the Japanese capital, then called Edo. It had come to pry open Japan after her two and a half centuries of isolation and nearly a decade of intense planning by Matthew Perry, the squadron commander. The spoils of the recent Mexican Spanish?American... more...

  • Gilded Prostitution'by Maureen E. Montgomery

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 130.00

    This book examines the marriages of British peers to American women within the context of the opening up of London and New York society and the growing competitiveness for high social status. more...

  • The New York Times The Times of the Seventiesby The New York Times; Clyde Haberman

    Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers 2013; US$ 29.95

    There is no better record of events then The New York Times , and now, The Times of the Seventies captures the history, culture, and personalities of the decade through hundreds of hand-selected articles and compelling original commentary in this unique and fascinating book. The New York Times: The Times of the Seventies is a brilliant time... more...

  • The Year of Dreaming Dangerouslyby Slavoj Zizek

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 15.95

    Call it the year of dreaming dangerously: 2011 caught the world off guard with a series of shattering events. While protesters in New York, Cairo, London, and Athens took to the streets in pursuit of emancipation, obscure destructive fantasies inspired the world?s racist populists in places as far apart as Hungary and Arizona, achieving a horrific... more...

  • Late Victorian Holocaustsby Mike Davis

    Verso Books 2002; US$ 24.95

    Examining aseries of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawnedaround the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davisdiscloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arroganceand natural incident that combined to produce some of the worsttragedies in human history. Late Victorian Holocausts focuses on three... more...

  • The New York Times: The Times of the Eightiesby The New York Times; William Grimes

    Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers 2013; US$ 29.95

    From our nation's best source of in-depth daily reporting comes this sweeping retrospective of the news, culture, and personalities of the decade of the 1980s, as told through hundreds of handselected articles and compelling original commentary in this unique and fascinating book. There is no better record of history than the archives of The... more...

  • A Daughter's Loveby John Guy

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; US$ 14.95

    With the novelistic vividness that made his National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Queen of Scots “a pure pleasure to read? (Washington Post BookWorld), John Guy brings to life Thomas More and his daughter Margaret— his confidante and collaborator who played a critical role in safeguarding his legacy. Sir Thomas More?s life is well known: his... more...

  • Wellington's Gunsby Nick Lipscombe

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 9.99

    The history books have forgotten the artillery of Wellington's army during the Napoleonic Wars, but in this book Nick Lipscombe offers a study of the gunners through first-hand accounts, bringing life and color to their heroic actions. Wellington was, without doubt, a brilliant field commander, but his leadership style was abrupt and occasionally... more...

  • Ghosts of Afghanistanby Jonathan Steele

    Granta Publications 2011; US$ 13.32

    Yes, there are dozens of books on the Afghan wars. Most of them are all about firefights and heroics. But this is the first to take the events of the war Bush and Blair started and put them in the context of the Soviet war and even the British imperial wars that preceded them, and draw the lessons out, and make a sharp summary of what should happen... more...

  • The British Sailor of the Second World Warby Angus Konstam

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 7.95

    This title tells the dramatic story of how the Royal Navy transformed ordinary citizens into first-rate and fearless sailors and navy personnel during World War II. It covers how they were recruited and trained, and how they endured life at sea in hostile waters, protecting convoys in the Atlantic, hunting submarines in the Mediterranean, and standing... more...