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  • Planet Tacoby Jeffrey M. Pilcher

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Planet Taco examines the historical struggles between globalization and national sovereignty in the creation of "authentic" Mexican food. By telling the stories of the "Chili Queens" of San Antonio and the inventors of the taco shell, it shows how Mexican Americans helped to make Mexican food global. more...

  • The Souls of Black Folkby W.E.B. Du Bois

    Random House Publishing Group 2000; US$ 17.95

    Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time "The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line."  Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls Of Black Folk , one of the most prophetic and influental works in American literature.  In this eloquent collection of essays, first published in 1903,... more...

  • A General History of the Pyratesby Daniel Defoe

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 22.95

    Considered the major source of information about piracy in the early 18th century, this fascinating history by the author of Robinson Crusoe profiles the deeds of Edward (Blackbeard) Teach, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, others. more...

  • The First Saluteby Barbara W. Tuchman

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.00

    Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic The Guns of August, turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War.   In The First Salute, one of America’s consummate historians crafts a rigorously original view of the American Revolution. Barbara W. Tuchman places the Revolution... more...

  • The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introductionby Matthew Restall; Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 7.99

    With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the course of history, but the myth they established was even stranger than their real achievements.... more...

  • Pox Americanaby Elizabeth A. Fenn

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 11.90

    The astonishing, hitherto unknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birth A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began, and yet we know almost nothing about it. Elizabeth A. Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply variola affected the outcome of... more...

  • Castro's Secretsby Brian Latell

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 11.90

    In CASTRO'S SECRETS, highly acclaimed author and intelligence expert Brian Latell offers a strikingly original view of Fidel Castro in his role as Cuba's supreme spymaster. Based on interviews with high level defectors from Cuba's powerful intelligence and security services, long-buried secrets of Fidel's nearly 50-year reign are exposed for the first... more...

  • The Inconvenient Indianby Thomas King

    Doubleday Canada 2012; US$ 16.00

    WINNER of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.   Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book... more...

  • The American West: A Very Short Introductionby Stephen Aron

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 7.99

    Familiar figures -- missionaries, explorers, trappers, traders, prospectors, gunfighters, cowboys, and Indians -- appear in these pages. So do renowned individuals such as Daniel Boone, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and John Wayne. But their stories contribute to a history of the American West that is longer, larger, and more complicated than... more...

  • Music and Revolutionby Robin D. Moore

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 34.95

    Music and Revolution provides a dynamic introduction to the most prominent artists and musical styles that have emerged in Cuba since 1959 and to the policies that have shaped artistic life. Robin D. Moore gives readers a chronological overview of the first decades after the Cuban Revolution, documenting the many ways performance has changed and... more...