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by James, Clive
In 2010, Clive James was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Deciding that "if you don't know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do," James moved his library to his house in Cambridge, where he would "live, read, and perhaps even write." James is the award-winning author of dozens of works of literary criticism, poetry, and history, and this volume contains his ref...
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The First Circumnavigators: Unsung Heroes of the Age of Discovery

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by Kelsey, Harry
Prior histories of the first Spanish mariners to circumnavigate the globe in the sixteenth century have focused on Ferdinand Magellan and the other illustrious leaders of these daring expeditions. Harry Kelsey's masterfully researched study is the first to concentrate on the hitherto anonymous sailors, slaves, adventurers, and soldiers who manned the ships. The author contends that these initial transglobal...
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The Lost World of Byzantium

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by Harris, Jonathan
A fresh, concise, and accessible history of one of the medieval world's greatest empires For more than a millennium, the Byzantine Empire presided over the juncture between East and West, as well as the transition from the classical to the modern world. Jonathan Harris, a leading scholar of Byzantium, eschews the usual run-through of emperors and battles and instead recounts the empire's extraordinary histo...
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Medieval Europe

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by Wickham, Chris
A spirited and thought-provoking history of the vast changes that transformed Europe during the 1,000-year span of the Middle Ages The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period-one not easily chronicled within the scope of a few hundred pages. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark...
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The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

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by Hayton, Bill
China's rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing's back yard: the South China Sea. For decades tensions have smoldered in the region, but today the threat of a direct confrontation among superpowers grows ever more likely. This important book is the first to make clear sense of the South Sea disputes. Bill Hayton, a journalist with extensive experience in...
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The Maisky Diaries: The Wartime Revelations of Stalin's Ambassador in London

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by Maisky, Ivan
The terror and purges of Stalin's Russia in the 1930s discouraged Soviet officials from leaving documentary records let alone keeping personal diaries. A remarkable exception is the unique diary assiduously kept by Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943. This selection from Maisky's diary, never before published in English, grippingly documents Britain's drift to war during the 1...
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A Little History of the World

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by Gombrich, E. H.
Now available in paperback, a glorious illustrated edition of the international bestseller
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A Little History of the World

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by E. H. Gombrich
“A Little History of the World” presents Ernst Gombrich’s lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no respect of a job, the twenty-six-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and “Eine kurz Weltgeschichte für jinge Le...
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The Persians

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by Katouzian/1
In recent years, Iran has gained attention mostly for negative reasons - for its authoritarian religious government, disputed nuclear programme, and controversial role in the Middle East - but there is much more to the story of this ancient land than can be gleaned from the news. This authoritative and comprehensive history of Iran, written by Homa Katouzian, an acclaimed expert, covers the entire history o...
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A Little Book of Language

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by David Crystal
In this witty and informative book, expert linguist David Crystal explores the origins, the present use and the future of language. Delivered with humour and dotted with diagram and quizzes, this is an entertaining study of the use of language and words worldwide; from the first word a baby speaks or that was ever written to the birth of obscure dialect and the development of unique linguistic styles, to t...
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The Reconstruction of Nations

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by Timothy Snyder
Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of four rival modern nationalist ideologies from common medieval notions of citizenship. He presents the ideological innovations and ethnic cleansings that abetted the spread of modern nationalism but also examines recent statesmanship that has allowed national interests to be channeled toward peace.A work of profound scholarship and considerable importance.--Timothy Gart...
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Walden

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by Henry David Thoreau
This edition of "Walden" renders previous versions of Thoreau's greatest work obsolete. Cramer's newly edited text is based on the original 1854 edition of "Walden", with emendations taken from Thoreau's draft manuscripts, his own markings on page proofs, and notes in his personal copy of the book. An elegantly produced paperback, it has been priced especially with the student market in mind. An Introductio...
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Suffolk: East: The Buildings of England

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by Bettley, James
This authoritative survey of east Suffolk includes some of England's most beautiful landscapes, including "Constable Country," the land surrounding the River Stour that was home to John Constable. East Suffolk's rural landscape includes a variety of intriguing medieval buildings: brick and timber-framed houses, stunning churches, and the grand castles of Orford and Framlingham. Additionally, Suffolk's coast...
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Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth

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by Jackson, Lee
In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with "night soil," graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself was choked with smoke. In this intimately visceral book, Lee Jackson guides us through the underbelly of the Victorian metropolis, introducing us to the men and women who struggled to stem a risi...
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Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation.1941-44

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by Mazower, Mark
This gripping and richly illustrated account of wartime Greece explores the impact of the Nazi Occupation upon the lives and values of ordinary people. The first full account of the experience of occupation, it offers a vividly human picture of resistance fighters and black marketeers, teenage German conscripts and Gestapo officers, Jews and starving villagers.
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A Little History of Philosophy

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by Warburton, Nigel
Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the...
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Churches: An Architectural Guide

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by Bradley, Simon
This accessible book is for anyone who would like to understand more about the architectural history of English churches. Clear and easy to use, the text explains the key components of church architecture-stylistic developments, functional requirements, regional variations, and arcane vocabulary. Readers can equip themselves to explore historic churches knowledgeably, evaluate dates and restoration phases, ...
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The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

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by Crystal, David
We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquenc...
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Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World

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by Krause, Bernie
Through his organization Wild Sanctuary, Bernie Krause has traveled the globe to hear and record the sounds of diverse natural habitats. Wild Soundscapes, first published in 2002, inspires readers to follow in Krause's footsteps. The book enchantingly shows how to find creature symphonies (or, as Krause calls them, "biophonies"); use simple microphones to hear more; and record, mix, and create new expressio...
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Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them

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by Parks, Tim
Acclaimed novelist and critic Tim Parks has long been fascinated by the complicated relationship between an author's life and work. Dissatisfied with the dominant modes of reading he encountered, he began exploring the underlying values and patterns that guide authors in both their writing and their lives. In a series of provocative, incisive, and unflinching essays written over the past decade and collecte...
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