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  • The Book of the Courtierby Baldesar Castiglione; George Bull

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 15.50

    In The Book of the Courtier (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the essential virtues for those at Court. In a lively series of imaginary conversations between the real-life courtiers to the Duke of Urbino, his speakers discuss qualities of noble behaviour - chiefly discretion, decorum, nonchalance... more...

  • American Legal History: A Very Short Introductionby G. Edward White

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 7.99

    This Very Short Introduction demonstrates the pivotal role of law in American life. Chapters focus on the legal history of Indian tribes, slavery, property rights, the relationship of law to entrepreneurial activity, crime and punishment, domestic relations, civil injuries and tort law, as well as legal education and the legal profession. more...

  • Italian Renaissance Humanism in the Mirrorby Patrick Baker

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 99.00

    A new investigation of the meaning that Italian Renaissance humanism had for an essential but neglected group: the humanists themselves. more...

  • Jarheadby Anthony Swofford

    Scribner 2005; US$ 11.99

    Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands.... more...

  • The Alcoholic Republicby W.J. Rorabaugh

    Oxford University Press 1981; US$ 12.99

    Recreating America's first fifty intemperate years, when, from 1790 to 1840, Americans drank more alcoholic beverages per capita than at any other time in history, Rorabaugh examines some of the reasons why Americans drank so much more...

  • A Fierce Discontentby Michael McGerr

    Free Press 2010; US$ 14.99

    The Progressive Era, a few brief decades around the turn of the last century, still burns in American memory for its outsized personalities: Theodore Roosevelt, whose energy glinted through his pince-nez; Carry Nation, who smashed saloons with her axe and helped stop an entire nation from drinking; women suffragists, who marched in the streets until... more...

  • A Nation of Immigrantsby Susan F. Martin

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 24.00

    Four major waves of immigration from the colonial period to the present are examined, exploring the causes and consequences. more...

  • Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutionsby Gabriel Paquette

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 25.00

    A pioneering account of the links between Portugal and Brazil which survived despite the demise of the Portuguese Atlantic empire. more...

  • Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghaziby Fred Burton; Samuel M. Katz

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 11.89

    The New York Times bestselling inside account of the attack against the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya On the night of September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, came under ferocious attack by a heavily armed group of Islamic terrorists. The prolonged firefight, and the attack hours later... more...

  • Empty Mansionsby Bill Dedman; Paul Clark Newell

    Random House Publishing Group 2013; US$ 11.87

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. When Pulitzer Prize – winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied... more...