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  • The Life and Riotous Times of H.L. Menckenby William Manchester

    RosettaBooks 2013; US$ 9.99

    In 1947, a young William Manchester--the man who would later become a celebrated biographer, historian, and novelist--was working as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. It was there that he met fellow journalist H.L. Mencken, the influential writer and cofounder of the magazines The American Mercury and The Smart Set. While attending the University... more...

  • Case Closedby Gerald Posner

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 14.99

    ?By far the most lucid and compelling account . . . of what probably did happen in Dallas?and what almost certainly did not.? ? The New York Times Book Review The Kennedy assassination has reverberated for five decades, with tales of secret plots, multiple killers, and government cabals often overshadowing the event itself. As Gerald Posner... more...

  • The Zhivago Affairby Peter Finn; Petra Couvee

    Random House 2014; US$ 28.33

    1956. Boris Pasternak presses a manuscript into the hands of an Italian publishing scout with these words: 'This is Doctor Zhivago . May it make its way around the world.' Pasternak knew his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union as the authorities regarded it as seditious, so, instead, he allowed it to be published in translation all... more...

  • The River of Doubtby Candice Millard

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt?s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The River of Doubt?it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.... more...

  • Lost in Shangri-Laby Mitchell Zuckoff

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 13.49

    ?A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame withgreat gams , for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew?what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read!" ?Simon Winchester, author... more...

  • Voices of a People's History of the United Statesby Howard Zinn; Anthony Arnove

    Seven Stories Press 2011; US$ 22.95

    Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Paralleling... more...

  • Five Came Backby Mark Harris

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    In Pictures at a Revolution , Mark Harris turned the story of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 into a landmark work of cultural history, a book about the transformation of an art form and the larger social shift it signified. In Five Came Back , he achieves something larger and even more remarkable, giving us the untold story of... more...

  • The Good Spyby Kai Bird

    Crown Publishing Group 2014; US$ 26.00

    The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird?s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history ? a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West.   On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. ... more...

  • A History of Zimbabweby Alois S. Mlambo

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 22.00

    Examines Zimbabwe's pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial social, economic and political history and relates historical factors and trends to more recent developments in the country. more...

  • New York Burningby Jill Lepore

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.95

    Pulitzer Prize Finalist Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner Over a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the stake, seventeen were hanged and more than one hundred black men and women were thrown... more...