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Civilization: The West and the Rest
3.75
I read everything this man writes that I can lay my hands on. He’s an opinionated, deeply informed, pungent, pugnacious, provocative and often surpris ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
3.61
I admit I'm a Simon Winchester fan. I met him with THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, a slim and fascinating book about the compilation of the Oxford Engli ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Letters from America
4.10
This is a must read for fans of de Tocqueville’s DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. This collection draws from letters sent home to family and friends by de Tocque ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945
4.12
This is a powerful, clear-eyed exposition of Churchill’s wartime leader. He details the great man’s strengths (including his indomitable will) and his ...more
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Jul 26, 2010
 
American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
3.79
University of Texas historian Bill Brands surveys what the book’s subtitle calls “The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900.” It seems Brands isn’t happy w ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Party Over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Campaign of 1848 (American Presidential Elections)
3.11
The University of Kansas Press has long provided a valuable service to students of the American Presidency with its terrific volumes on each of Americ ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600--1900
3.66
Through the personalities of the big men that ran them, a Canadian historian examines five government-sponsored monopolies that governed as dictatoria ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Churchill
3.77
Rollicking, fast-paced, brilliant. Best short bio I’ve every read of one of the 20th century’s greatest figures by a man who knew the great man. Like ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Jesus: A Biography, from a Believer
3.65
Within just a few months, two slim, brillant volumes from a great writer. "What did Jesus teach?...The only way to grasp his teaching is to read all t ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
We
3.97
Written in the 1920s by a Russian naval architect exiled by the Bolsheviks, this is the one of the earliest dystopian sci-fi novels of the 20th centur ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life
3.72
A really good read, this is well-written, deeply informed, and often surprising intellectual biography of the world’s first great free marketer. Phill ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Union War
3.66
Gallagher, one of the nation’s preeminent Civil War scholars and a professor at the University of Virginia, deals in his latest book of the question o ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
3.96
A short, brash book by a respected Baylor University professor, this volume provides a healthy dose of revisionism about the Crusades. Stark argues th ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
3.90
This is an entertaining and illuminating volume about the 17th century's revolution in science and math that saw, among other things, the creation of ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
3.98
Science just before the hinge point where it ceased to be dominated by solitary (and often self-trained) idealists and romantics.
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Templar Salvation (Templar, #2)
3.83
Khoury’s sequel to The Last Templar, this book is a fast-paced tale that rockets over seventeen centuries, from the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD to tod ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory
3.83
In this slim volume, the editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington charts the changing ways in which Americans have perceived the Father of O ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Ascent of Money
3.85
The paperback has been new material on the 2008 financial crisis, making this worth a re-read, even if you’ve already done the hardback. It shows how ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.45
With economy, precision and superb pacing, Ms. Hillenbrand has written a jewel of a book. Hers is a tale of achievement, danger, survival, humiliation ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
4.15
The enigmatic, complicated and compelling T.E. Lawrence comes fully alive in the well-informed, fair-minded and wonderfully written biography. I've re ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Cleopatra
3.61
A gem: brilliantly written and deeply informed, this fast-paced blockbuster of a biography is stuffed with surprises on almost every page. And what ca ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Coward
3.21
Anything by the great British writer Paul Johnson is worthy ready. Anything. This is an idiosyncratic book about humor and those who made it in their ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828
3.65
This is one of Oxford University Press’s wonderful “Pivotal Moments in American History” series and its editors (Pulitzer Prize winners David Hackett ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Kingdom (Fargo Adventure, #3)
3.94
Okay, so we’re back to it with the Fargo’s, Cussler’s intrepid altruistic treasurer hunters. This one has a diabolical and unhinged Texas oil man with ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot
3.38
Eleven short tales of now largely forgotten people, events or places from throughout history, from the Moorish slave turned scholar to the botched pra ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art
4.00
Interesting volume on how George Washington was not just first in the hearts of his countrymen, but also of his country's early artists, whose portrai ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent
3.75
A wonderful volume on one of America’s more consequential and lesser-known presidents who was a mixture of Reagan vision and Carter micro-management. ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War
3.76
Marc Egnal, a history professor at York University in Toronto, Canada, makes a powerful, well reasoned (and ultimately unsatisfying argument) that the ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
4.06
The amazing story of how a handful of Special Forces and CIA operators teamed with the Northern Alliance and helped bring down the Taliban. Especially ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
 
U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (Civil War America)
3.84
Waugh skillfully details how Grant has been seen throughout American history, rising in importance as a symbol of the desire of many Americans for pea ...more
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Aug 03, 2011
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