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  • Einstein on Israel and Zionismby Fred Jerome

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 8.99

    Albert Einstein thought and wrote extensively not just on the most difficult problems in physics, but also in politics. For the first time, this book collects his essays, interviews, and letters on the Middle East, Zionism, and Arab-Jewish relations. Many of these have never been published in English, and all of them contradict the popular image... more...

  • The Transatlantic Centuryby Mary Nolan

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 23.00

    An unprecedented account of the American Century in Europe, ranging from economics, culture and consumption to war, politics and diplomacy. more...

  • Dinner with Lennyby Jonathan Cott

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 19.99

    Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most highly esteemed, influential, and charismatic American classical music personality of the twentieth century. Conductor, composer, pianist, writer, educator, and human rights activist, Bernstein truly led a life of Byronic intensity--passionate, risk-taking, and convention-breaking. In November 1989, just a year... more...

  • The Cuban Connectionby William Weyand Turner

    Prometheus Books 2013; US$ 12.99

    In April 1959, Fidel Castro toured the United States at the invitation of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Though he was wary, Castro entertained some hope of establishing a rapprochement with Washington. But after being snubbed by President Eisenhower and receiving a less-than-cordial reception from Vice President Richard Nixon, Castro got... more...

  • The Imperial Seasonby William Seale

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 27.95

    This story of the young city of Washington coming up in the international scene is populated with presidents, foreign diplomats, civil servants, architects, artists, and influential hosts and hostesses who were enamored of the idea of world power but had little idea of the responsibilities involved. Between the Spanish American War and World... more...

  • Martin Luther Kingby Godfrey Hodgson

    Quercus 2013; US$ 18.95

    Martin Luther King left an indelible mark on 20th-century American history through his leadership of the non-violent civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. The election of Barack Obama as America?s first black president in November 2008 has spawned a renewed interest in King?s role as an agent and prophet of political change in the United States.... more...

  • The Virus and the Vaccineby Debbie Bookchin; Jim Schumacher

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 20.99

    Jonas Salk's polio vaccine has taken on an almost legendary quality as a medical miracle, for it largely eradicated one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century. But the story of the vaccine has a dark side, one that has never been fully told before... Between 1954 and 1963, close to 98 million Americans received polio vaccinations contaminated... more...

  • Cool Comfortby Marsha Ackermann

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 29.95

    The year 2002 marked the 100th anniversary of the first installation of air-conditioning. During the past century, it has become a staple of American life; 83% of US homes are now air-conditioned. In this engaging social history, Marsha Ackermann explores how the idea of ?cooling? became firmly embedded in the social perceptions and expectations of... more...

  • Designing the Creative Childby Amy F. Ogata

    University of Minnesota Press 2013; US$ 87.00

    The postwar American stereotypes of suburban sameness, traditional gender roles, and educational conservatism have masked an alternate self-image tailor-made for the Cold War. The creative child, an idealized future citizen, was the darling of baby boom parents, psychologists, marketers, and designers who saw in the next generation promise that... more...

  • To the Mountaintopby Stewart Burns

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    More than a biography, To the Mountaintop is the history of a turbulent epoch that changed the course of American and world history. Moral warrior and nonviolent apostle; man of God rocked by fury, fear, and guilt; rational thinker driven by emotional and spiritual truth -- Martin Luther King Jr. struggled to reconcile these divisions in his soul.... more...