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  • Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?by Andrew Lawler

    Atria Books 2014; US$ 26.00

    From ancient empires to modern economics, veteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a sweeping history of the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization across the globe?the chicken. Queen Victoria was obsessed with it. Socrates? last words were about it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur made their scientific breakthroughs using... more...

  • Shooting Starsby Stefan Zweig; Anthea Bell

    Steerforth Press 2014; US$ 25.00

    Ten turning points in history, vividly sketched by the great Stefan Zweig, in a new translation by the award-winning Anthea Bell   One of the twentieth century's great humanists and a hugely popular fiction writer, Stefan Zweig's historical works bring the past to life in brilliant Technicolor. This collection contains ten typically breathless... more...

  • Sex, Power, and Slaveryby Gwyn Campbell; Elizabeth Elbourne

    Ohio University Press 2014; US$ 31.99

    Sexual exploitation was and is a critical feature of enslavement. Across many different societies, slaves were considered to own neither their bodies nor their children, even if many struggled to resist. At the same time, paradoxes abound: for example, in some societies to bear the children of a master was a potential route to manumission for some... more...

  • The Little Book of Horse Racingby Anne Holland

    The History Press 2014; US$ 14.57

    Do you know what the oldest horse race in Britain is or when the first steeple chase was held in Ireland? Fact-packed but light-hearted in style, this reliable reference book and a quirky guide reveals such little-known facts, along with details of classic races, statistical records, famous riders, amusing anecdotes, and the general history of horse... more...

  • Pre-Industrial Societiesby Patricia Crone

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 23.95

    This book offers a blueprint for a world now lost, focusing on such crucial issues as the role of politics and religion, and how communities developed social hierarchies. more...

  • Visionaries of the 20th Centuryby Satish Kumar; Freddie Whitefield

    UIT Cambridge Ltd. 2014; US$ 18.94

    Visionaries of the 20th Century brings together the lives and works of 100 great men and women who offered inspiration, hope and healing. The 20th century was marked by wars, dictatorships and environmental destruction, yet many individuals kept alive the hope of a sane and sustainable future through their example, ideas and vision. Their influence... more...

  • History of the World in 1000 objectsby Dorling Kindersley Ltd

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2014; Not Available

    A treasure trove of human creativity from around the world History of the World in 1000 Objects takes a fresh look at world history, viewing cultures and early civilizations through the objects that they created. Humanity is defined by our talent for making things from everyday objects to inventions that changed the world. From a Viking... more...

  • 1914:The Days of Hopeby Lyn MacDonald

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    Lyn MacDonald's acclaimed history 1914: The Days of Hope , is not so much the story of war as the story of an army. In this vivid account of the first months of the First World War, Lyn Macdonald draws on personal accounts of surviving veterans, bringing to life the disillusionment, the questioning and the heroism of the men of the British Army.... more...

  • The Looming Towerby Lawrence Wright

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    Brilliantly written, compelling and highly original, The Looming Tower is the first book to tell the full story of Al Qaeda from its roots up to 9/11. Drawing on astonishing interviews and first-hand sources, it investigates the extraordinary group of idealogues behind this organization - and those who tried to stop them. There is the tormented,... more...

  • The Great Warby Les Carlyon

    Pan Macmillan Australia 2014; US$ 24.54

    Les Carlyon's The Great War is the epic story of the fighting men who wove themselves into legend as part of the largest tragedy in Australian history - 179,000 dead and wounded - leaving a nation to mourn its fallen heroes in 'one long national funeral' into the 1930s and, now again, a century later. As he did with the best-seller Gallipoli... more...