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  • 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...

  • My American Journeyby Colin L. Powell; Joseph E. Persico

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 22.00

    "A GREAT AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY . . . AN ENDEARING AND WELL-WRITTEN BOOK." --The New York Times Book Review Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history--Vietnam,... 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...

  • Woodrow Wilsonby H. W. Brands; Arthur M. Jr. Schlesinger

    Henry Holt and Co. 2003; US$ 17.50

    A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of one of the major shapers of American foreign policy On the eve of his inauguration as President, Woodrow Wilson commented, "It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs." As America was drawn into the Great War in Europe, Wilson used his scholarship,... more...

  • The Ten-Cent Plagueby David Hajdu

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 15.40

    The story of the rise and fall of those comic books has never been fully told -- until The Ten-Cent Plague . David Hajdu's remarkable new book vividly opens up the lost world of comic books, its creativity, irreverence, and suspicion of authority. In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular... more...

  • The Diamond Queenby Andrew Marr

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 17.27

    With the flair for narrative and the meticulous research that readers have come to expect, in The Diamond Queen Andrew Marr turns his attention to the monarch – and to the monarchy, chronicling the Queen’s pivotal role at the centre of the state, which is largely hidden from the public gaze, and making a strong case for the institution itself. ... more...

  • American Diplomacyby George F. Kennan; John J. Mearsheimer

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 23.00

    For more than sixty years, George F. Kennan’s American Diplomacy has been a standard work on American foreign policy. Drawing on his considerable diplomatic experience and expertise, Kennan offers an overview and critique of the foreign policy of an emerging great power whose claims to rightness often spill over into self-righteousness, whose ambitions... more...

  • From the Ruins of Empireby Pankaj Mishra

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.09

    From Pankaj Mishra, author the successful Temptations of the West and Butter Chicken in Ludhiana , comes a provocative account of how China, India and the Muslim World are remaking the world in their own image. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2013 The Victorian period, viewed in the West as a time of self-confident progress, was experienced... more...

  • Dark Sunby Richard Rhodes

    Simon & Schuster 2012; US$ 5.99

    Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union,... 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...