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The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement

The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement

Nathaniel Deutsch

The Jews of the Pale of Settlement created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary named An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of...

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December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War

December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War

Evan Mawdsley

An account of twelve pivotal days in 1941, when a chain of interlinked events changed world history

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Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

Jeffrey H. Jackson

In the winter of 1910 the river that brought life to Paris became a force of destruction drowning Parisian streets, forcing its inhabitants to overcome a history of strife and work together. On the hundredth anniversary of the...

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The Times Complete History of the World

The Times Complete History of the World

Richard Overy

The ultimate work of historical reference

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 Read reviewThe Sons of Clovis

The Sons of Clovis

David Brooks

In the mid-1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the modernist literary magazine, Angry Penguins , under the fictitious name Ern Malley. This book not only offers an account of the Ern...

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Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

Ina Caro

In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Caro invites readers on 25 one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport travelers back through 700 years of French history.

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The Bible Now

The Bible Now

Richard Elliott Friedman, Shawna Dolansky

The Bible has been a positive force but also has been misread, mistranslated, and misused. Friedman and Dolansky address what the Bible has to say about key issues in current events, including homosexuality, abortion, gender,...

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Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011

Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011

Matthew Condon

Fear, faith and hope are just three of the emotions felt by the people of Queensland during the long, wet summer of 2010-2011. The floods and cyclones of that wet season produced a natural disaster which will continue to influence...

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 Read reviewThe Promise of Iceland

The Promise of Iceland

Kari Gislason

Born from a secret liaison between a British mother and an Icelandic father, Kari Gislason was the subject of a promise - a promise elicited from his father to not reveal his identity. The Icelandic city of Reykjavik, where Kari...

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 Special priceCities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization

Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization

Colin McEvedy

From Alexandria to York, this title allows us to see the great centres of classical civilization afresh. It features 120 maps tracing each city's thoroughfares and defences, monuments and places of worship. It also includes...

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The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

Brian Cummings

This unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer includes the texts of three different versions, 1549, 1559, and 1662, to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the present day. The first...

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Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra's palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Famous long before she was...

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Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

Eric Chaline

Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully illustrated book that uncovers the fascinating stories of creatures great and small. These are the animals that have played a central role in the evolution of...

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Anzacs on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

Anzacs on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

Peter Pedersen, Chris Roberts

A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement in the Western Front--complete with walking and driving tours of 28 battlefields With rare photographs and documents from the Australian War Memorial archive and extensive...

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A History of Tasmania

A History of Tasmania

Henry Reynolds

This captivating work charts the history of Tasmania from the arrival of European maritime expeditions through to the modern day.

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Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

E. B. Joyce, D. A. McCann

Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

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 Special priceThe Beauty and the Sorrow

The Beauty and the Sorrow

Peter Englund

Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, this title explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty.

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A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival

A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival

Caroline Moorehead

On an icy dawn morning in Paris in January 1943, 230 French women resisters were rounded up from the Gestapo detention camps and sent on a train to Auschwitz. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15, the eldest a farmer's wife of 68....

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Timothy Snyder

In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow. This book offers an investigation into the motives and...

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 Special priceLisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

Neill Lochery

This is the story of how a relatively poor European country not only survived the war physically intact, but came out of it much wealthier in 1945 than it had been when war broke out in 1939. The country's emergence as a...

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Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu

Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu

Christopher Heaney, Neil B Chambers

The first-ever account of adventurer Hiram Bingham's search for the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Bingham's dispatches cast him as a romanticized hero and revealed the lost city to the Western world. The reader is taken into the...

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Bligh: Master Mariner

Bligh: Master Mariner

Rob Mundle

There's a lot more to Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts ...

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The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

David Hill

David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold-rush years. From the mid- to late-1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, including two future prime ministers...

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Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia

Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia

Duncan McNab

In Late 1940 a group of five Australian soldiers set out on a secret mission: one of the second world war's most daring operations. Leading a small force of Ethiopian freedom fighters on an epic trek across the harsh African bush...

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

Erik Larson

1933, Berlin. William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. As the year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement,...

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Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

Andrea di Robilant

In the 14th century, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. This title...

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Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

Rodric Braithwaite

Examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan. Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews, the author shows the war through the eyes of the Russians themselves - politicians, officers,...

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 Special priceThe Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia

Jeremy Poolman

An epic and intimate story of life and death on Russia's greatest road: the Vladimirka

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The Lure of Russia: 20 Years of Travel & 20 Years of Change

The Lure of Russia: 20 Years of Travel & 20 Years of Change

Gail Ford

Ford visited Russia 18 times in 20 years, leading groups of school students, then music and art groups. Ford provides the historical context to her travels, which provide snapshots of Russian life during pivotal times of momentous...

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Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition

Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition

Anna Lanyon

1596: Luis de Carvajal's forbears had fled the Inquisition in Spain to Portugal and then from there to the New World. But the lives they try to rebuild as conversos in Mexico are just as perilous, for the Inquisition is determined...

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 Special priceHow to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism

How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism

Eric Hobsbawm

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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama

Offers a social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution. This title provides an impression of the currents and contradictions which made up this terrible sequence of events.

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 Read reviewBatavia

Batavia

Peter FitzSimons

It is no surprise that the barbarity and evil that came in the wake of the wreck of the Batavia has inspired books, radio and TV documentarys, plays and an opera. Lust, jealously, greed, madness, deception, rape, murder - all the...

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The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

Glynis Ridley

In 1765, eminent botanist Philibert Commerson was appointed official naturalist to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. Jeanne Baret - Commerson's young mistress and collaborator - disguised...

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Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

Simon Sebag Montefiore

See and hear the 20th century's greatest orators speak the very words that made history - from Winston Churchill and JFK to Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama. This gripping DVD pack provides genuine historical footage of 20 of the most...

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Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia's Curious Animals

Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia’s Curious Animals

Penny Olsen

Late 18th- and early 19th-century Eurocentric perceptions of natural history led to the flora and fauna of the colony of New South Wales being viewed as deficient and inferior. This miscellany of the curious fuelled the rage for...

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The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One

The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One

Miranda Carter

As cousins, George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the last Tsar Nicholas II should have been friends - but they happened also to rule Europe's three most powerful states. This book offers an account of how three men who should have...

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Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater

Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater

Larry Stempel

The definitive history of the Broadway musical: the shows, the stars, the movers, and the shakers.

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 Special priceSavage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia

Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia

Penny Russell

In colonial Australia manners marked the difference between savagery and civilisation, between vulgarity and refinement. Colonists recoiled in shock and confusion at the customs of Indigenous Australians, but they also sensed the...

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Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814

Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814

Dominic Lieven

In the summer of 1812, Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins. This...

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The Idea of Justice

The Idea of Justice

Amartya K. Sen

Is justice an ideal, for ever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives? This book offers a fresh approach to mainstream theories of justice. It shows how the principles...

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God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

Stephen R. Prothero

God is Not One is the essential guide to learning about and understanding religion and its place in our global culture today, written for religious and non-religious people alike. It gives a chapter-by-chapter overview and...

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From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War

Jerry Della Femina

It was a meeting of the agency's top people to find an advertising theme for Panasonic, a major new Japanese electronics firm. Suddenly the new $50,000-a-year creative supervisor leapt to his feet in a frenzy of simulated...

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The Flight of the Intellectuals

The Flight of the Intellectuals

Paul Berman

It created a worldwide furore when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. In a gripping portrait, Paul Berman details Ramadan's disturbing ties to radical Islam, and...

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Heart and Soul: Australia's First Families of Wine

Heart and Soul: Australia’s First Families of Wine

Graeme Lofts, James Halliday

A look at the famous families who pioneered the Australian wine industry over generations Heart and Soul takes you on a journey through the history, the people, the vineyards, and the regions of Australia's most famous wineries.

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 Read reviewCrimea: The Last Crusade

Crimea: The Last Crusade

Orlando Figes

The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. This book reimagines this...

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Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Europe’s Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Peter H. Wilson

The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and...

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The Pacific

The Pacific

Hugh Ambrose

Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war...

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Turning the Tide of Battle: Ingenious Tactics That Secured Momentous Victories

Turning the Tide of Battle: Ingenious Tactics That Secured Momentous Victories

Joseph Cummins

The Pocket History series is a conveniently portable, stylishly packaged and eminently collectible set of books that each open a window onto a selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. Ranging through...

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Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Richard Broome

'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style... ' Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian...

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Macquarie: From Colony to Country

Macquarie: From Colony to Country

Harry Dillion, Peter Butler

In 1810 Lachlan Macquarie became governor of New South Wales. He ruled the colony for 12 years. The story of Macquarie's governorship is in many ways the story of early Australian history. His term encompassed the key events of...

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Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia - 1788-1868

Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia - 1788-1868

Tony Moore

This is the first narrative history that brings together the stories of the political prisoners sent as convicts to Australia from all over Britain and parts of the British Empire. Tony Moore asks who were these prisoners, and...

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The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia

The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia

Stuart Macintyre

The Poor Relation examines the place of the social sciences - from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy - in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. It also relates the arrangements made...

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