A dazzling account of France's belle époque brat pack that blends history & psychological drama in its tale of young people struggling in the shadows of their forebears.
Zinn’s iconic alternate history is an enduring look into the people, rather than the politics, that shaped the current American landscape.
NPR-contributor Vowell takes readers on an insightful, introspective & irreverent tour of the country, as she chases the ghosts of presidents past.
Acclaimed science author Mukherjee tells the story of humanity’s most formidable adversary with the passion of a biographer in this Pulitzer Prize-winner.
Balakian’s bestselling & award-winning account of the Armenian Genocide exposes atrocities often overlooked in the study of early 20th century history.
This tense & beautifully told tale of fear, deception & survival comes from a bold woman who sacrificed her identity for her life.
Watson’s ambitious tome covers more intellectual ground than battleground, relaying concepts & creations that govern the modern world with magnificent scope.
This overview of Italy’s preeminent family is a luxurious look at what it takes to build a legacy - & how easy it is to self-destruct.
Goodwin has an almost preternatural ability to make the past feel like the present. Her award-winning story of skyrocketing inequality and gridiron politics in the Progressive Era is richly told and all too familiar.
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In DeJean’s captivating book on the history & evolution of one of the world's most beautiful cities, she shows just how much innovation—well before Haussmann—went into the design of the first modern city.
A history for people who love misguided adventures. Porch has written a Saharan Fitzcarraldo, relating the monumental hubris, national pride & gross incompetence that marked France’s efforts to colonize the desert.
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