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Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World
A gripping intellectual adventure story, Sailing from Byzantium sweeps you from the deserts of Arabia to the dark forests of northern Russia, from the colorful towns of Renaissance Italy to the final …
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In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell–or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. T…
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--The New York Times Book Review

In this magisterial adap…
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1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
Now in trade paperback, a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the en…
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction--a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.…
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The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory
A thought-provoking and penetrating account of the post-Cold war follies and delusions that culminated in the age of Donald Trump from the bestselling author of The Limits of Power.

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Peter the Great: His Life and World
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Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned at the age of 10. A barbarous, volatile feudal tsar wi…
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Since its creation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This concise history, which covers the period from the fall of the Rom…
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The Later Roman Empire
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Istanbul: Memories and the City
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A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer.

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What is reality? What is the meaning of life? And why do we suffer?

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Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
This book is the first full-scale history of Carthage in decades. The devastating struggle to the death between the Carthaginians and the Romans was one of the defining dramas of the ancient world. In…
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Gregório de Matos é, historicamente, o primeiro grande poeta do Brasil. Sua obra, talvez a mais importante produzida pelo Barroco poético nas Américas portuguesa e espanhola, conserva ainda hoje grand…
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Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar
The first biography of the final man to stand against Caesar—whose principles and defiance became a rallying cry for future revolutions

He was Rome’s bravest statesman, an aristocratic soldier who slep…
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Civilization: The West and the Rest
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Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries

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A prática do suborno é comprovadamente milenar, demonstrando como a natureza humana tem sido, desde os primórdios, maléfica quanto a condutas pré-orientadas com menor ou maior grau de moralidade. Para…
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Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

During the brief span of just one decade, hundreds of millions of perfectly ordinary people made history: they became the only ones who w…

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Augustine of Hippo: A Biography
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This classic biography was first published thirty years ago and has since established itself as the standard account of Saint Augustine's life and teaching. The remarkable discovery recently of a cons…
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The Knowledge of the Holy
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The Knowledge of the Holy by popular evangelical author and Christian mystic A.W. Tozer illuminates God’s attributes—from wisdom, to grace, to mercy—and in doing so, attempts to restore the majesty an…
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