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The Shia Revival

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by Nasr, Vali
One of America's leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam in this "smart, clear and timely" book (The Washington Post). Still essential and timely ten years after its original publication, The Shia Revival provides an objective understanding of the 1,400-year struggle between Shias an...
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A Christmas Carol

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by Dickens, Charles
Every Christmas, the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan displays one of the crown jewels of its extraordinary collection: the original manuscript of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with its detailed emendations, deletions and insertions in Dickens' hand. Here, for the first time in a beautiful trade edition, is a facsimile of that invaluable manuscript, along with a typeset version of the story, a fasc...
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The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

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by Christensen, Thomas J.
Many see China's rise as a threat to U.S. leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China's military and economic capacity. Assessing China's political outloo...
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End This Depression Now!

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by Paul Krugman
The Great Recession is more than four years old - and counting. Yet, as Nobel Prize winning author Paul Krugman argues in this powerful new book, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge - all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all - remain in a state of intense pain." In End This Depression Now! Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increa...
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Odessa

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by Charles King
Odessa was the Russian Empire's gateway to the Middle East, its greatest commercial seaport and home to one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in all of Europe. Created as a model of enlightenment by Catherine the Great, and developed by colourful adventurers such as Grigory Potemkin, Jose de Ribas and Armand de Richelieu, Odessa became a magnet for the artistic and the ambitious - from Alexander Pushki...
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Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

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by Schneier, Bruce
Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who's with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you're unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you're thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it. The powers...
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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

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by Williams, Florence
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while walking over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. From forest paths in Korea to islands in Finland to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, ...
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St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street

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by Calhoun, Ada
St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements. Here Frank O'Hara caroused, Emma Goldman plotted and the Velvet Underground wailed. Ada Calhoun tells the "Fascinating" (Village Voice) many-layered history of the street-from its beginnings as a pear orchard to today's hipster playground-organised around the pivotal moments when critics declared "St. Marks is dead". In...
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A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

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by Alvarez, Walter
Big History, the field that studies the entire known past of our universe to give context to human existence, has so far been the domain of historians. In A Most Improbable Journey, Walter Alvarez-best known for his "Impact Theory" explaining dinosaur extinction-makes a compelling case for a new, science-first approach to Big History. He brings a scientist's view to the human story, from the creation of our...
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Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing

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by Ruhlman, Michael
Charcuterie exploded onto the scene in 2005 and encouraged an army of home cooks and professional chefs to start curing their own foods. This love song to animal fat and salt has blossomed into a bona fide culinary movement, throughout America and beyond, of curing meats and making sausage, pates, and confits. Charcuterie: Revised and Updated will remain the ultimate and authoritative guide to that movement...
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Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

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by Ephron, Dan
The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by Orthodox Jew Yigal Amir, twenty years ago this November, remains the most consequential event in the country's recent history. Killing a King relates parallel stories over the two years leading up to the assassination, as Rabin plotted political deals he hoped would lead to peace and Amir plotted murder. Dan Ephron covered both the rally where Rabin was assassinated and...
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Zika: The Emerging Epidemic

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by McNeil, Donald G, Jr.
Until recently, Zika virus - once considered a mild disease - was hardly a cause for global panic. But as early as August 2015, doctors in Brazil's northeast region began to notice a trend: many mothers who had recently experienced Zika symptoms were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a serious disorder characterised by unusually small heads and brain damage. By the beginning of 2016, Zika was making...
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Midnight at the Pera Palace

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by King, Charles
When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, so many spies mingled in the lobby of Istanbul's Pera Palace Hotel that the manager put up a sign asking them to relinquish seats to paying guests. As the multi-ethnic empire became a Turkish republic, Russian emigres sold family heirlooms, an African American impresario founded a jazz club and Miss Turkey became the first Muslim beauty queen. Turkey's president Kemal Atat...
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Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

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by Zuckerman, Peter
When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world's most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillf...
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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

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by deGrasse Tyson, Neil
Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble...
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Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America

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by Eagleton, Terry
Americans have long been fascinated with the oddness of the British but we, says literary critic Terry Eagleton, find our transatlantic neighbours just as strange. Only an alien race would admiringly refer to a colleague as "aggressive", use superlatives to describe everything from one's pet dog to one's record collection or speak frequently of being "empowered". And why must they remain so irritatingly opt...
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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

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by Houston, Keith
In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages-of civilisations, empires, human ingenuity and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000 year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform table...
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Paper: Paging Through History

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by Kurlansky, Mark
Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce and art. It has created civilisations, fostering the fomenting of revolutions and the stabilising of regimes. History's greatest press run produced 6.5 billion copies of ...
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The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs

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by Sciolino, Elaine
Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favourite Parisian street. "I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs", Sciolino explains as she celebrates the area's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the levelling effects of globalisation, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosync...
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A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier

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by Welky, David
In 1906, from the ice fields northwest of Greenland, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted an unknown land in the distance. He called it "Crocker Land". Scientists and explorers agreed that Peary had found a new continent. Several years later, two of his disciples, George Borup and Donald MacMillan-with the sponsorship of the American Museum of Natural History-assembled a team to investigate. They pitched their...
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