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THUNDERSTRUCK.
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THUNDERSTRUCK.

By Larson, Erik.

New York:: Crown,, (2006). Near fine in near fine dust jacket.. First printing. A book which "tells the intersecting true stories of Dr. Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of wireless communication. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy North Atlantic shortly before the Great War, the tale evokes an age of seances and science, great detectives and great inventions. As the doctor poisons his shrewish wife, Marconi races to perfect his device, which will then be instrumental in the capture of Crippen, fleeing Britain with his lover and unaware that word of their flight precedes them." Photographs, notes, archives and bibliography, index. 463 pp. Map endpapers.

$20.00

AN HISTORICAL DISQUISITION CONCERNING THE KNOWLEDGE WHICH THE ANCIENTS HAD OF INDIA; and the progress of trade with that country prior to the discovery of the passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope. With an appendix, containing observations on the civil policy, the laws and judicial proceedings, the arts, the sciences, and religious institutions, of the Indians. VOLUME XII : INDIA of THE WORKS OF WILLIAM ROBERTSON, D.D.
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AN HISTORICAL DISQUISITION CONCERNING THE KNOWLEDGE WHICH THE ANCIENTS HAD OF INDIA; and the progress of trade with that country prior to the discovery of the passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope. With an appendix, containing observations on the civil policy, the laws and judicial proceedings, the arts, the sciences, and religious institutions, of the Indians. VOLUME XII : INDIA of THE WORKS OF WILLIAM ROBERTSON, D.D.

By Robertson, William, D.D.

London:: Printed for W. Sharpe and Son, Allason and others,, 1820.. Good condition overall in quarter leather binding and marbled boards (some wear to the sides of the spine and the corners, tanning to several pages, but still sturdy and very readable).. Reprint. Volume XII only in the complete works of Robertson, complete in itself. A history of ancient India starting with Romans through the establishment off Portuguese in East Asia. Large folded map tipped onto page in between the two title pages. Includes an appendix, notes and illustrations, index. v, 402 pp.

$45.00

IMMIGRATION: A World Movement and Its American Significance.
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IMMIGRATION: A World Movement and Its American Significance.

By Fairchild, Henry Pratt

New York:: Macmillan,, 1925.. Good in dark red cloth with gilt lettering on the spine - sturdy binding, but underlining scattered throughout. . Revised edition. Originally published in 1913, but brought up to date for this edition. Bibliography, index. xi, 520 pp.

$18.00

NO BREATHING ROOM: The Aftermath Of Chernobyl.
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NO BREATHING ROOM: The Aftermath Of Chernobyl.

By Medvedev, Grigori.

New York:: Basic Books (HarperCollins),, (1993). Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line). First US printing. A book by the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant at the time of its construction (in 1970) which "relates the grim aftermath of the 1986 disaster and the attempted cover-up by the Gorbachev regime. Medvedev. . . emphasizes that authorities knew about, and covered up, pre-Chernobyl nuclear accidents and near-accidents (particularly the Chelyabinsk explosion in the late 1950s), and he indicates that a combination of secrecy, neglect, ignorance, and bureaucratic callousness prevented responsible officials from anticipating or doing much about potential accidents at other Soviet nuclear facilities." (Kirkus Reviews) Translated from the Russian by Evelyn Rossiter. Introduction by David Marples. Index. 213 pp.

$20.00

AUTOPSY OF REVOLUTION.
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AUTOPSY OF REVOLUTION.

By Ellul, Jacques.

New York:: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1971.. Near fine in very good dust jacket (price-clipped, some wear to top of dj spine). First US printing. A book which asks the still important question: "Can we learn from history what revolution really is necessary for our survival? That is, can we distinguish between senseless, ineffectual revolt or rebellion and a genuine revolution that can alter fundamentals." Translated from the French by Patricia Wolf. x, 300 pp.

$27.50

LETTERS FROM FREEDOM: PostCold War Realities and Perspectives .
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LETTERS FROM FREEDOM: PostCold War Realities and Perspectives .

By Michnik, Adam; Irina Grudzinska Gross, editor.

Berkeley, CA:: University of California Press,, (1998). Very good in illustrated wrappers.. First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover. This second book of letters by this Polish writer starts with Michnik briefly in prison at the height of the "cold civil war" between authorities and citizens in Poland, then released. "Through his continuing essays, articles, and interviews, the reader can follow all the momentous changes of the last decade in Poland and East-Central Europe. Some of the writings have appeared in English in various publications; most are translated here for the first time." Included are interviews] with Czeslaw Milosz, Vaclv Havel, and Wojciech Jaruzelski. A title in the Society and Culture in East-Central Europe series. Translated by Jane Cave. Foreword by Ken Jowitt. Photographs, guide to events and people, index. xxxiii, 348 pp.

$20.00

LONDON: The Biography.
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LONDON: The Biography.

By Ackroyd, Peter.

London:: Chatto & Windus,, (2000). Very near fine in a like dustjacket.. First printing. Ackroyd's definitive account of the city of London from its earliest days to the beginning of the 21st century - a city which, for him, is an organism with its own laws of growth and change - thus this book is called a biography rather than a history. He reveals many of the ways in which the continuity of the city survives, in ward boundaries unchanged since the Middle Ages, in vocabulary and in various traditions, and also shows London as constantly changing, yet forever the same in essence. Illustrated with photographs, including some in full color, and drawings. SIGNED on the title page. Sources, chronology from 54 BC to 2000 AD, maps. Index. xxiii, 822 pp. Illustrated endpapers.

$50.00

THE MIND OF AN ASSASSIN.
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THE MIND OF AN ASSASSIN.

By Levine, Isaac Don

London:: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,, (1959). Good only in red cloth with gilt lettering on spine (some staining to front cover), no dust jacket.. First edition. Written shortly before his scheduled release from prison in Mexico (after serving a 20 year sentence), this is an account of the life and psychology of Leon Trotsky's assassin, Russian agent Ramon Mercader (also known as Jacques Monard.) Based partly on interviews with the assassin conducted by Alfonso Quiroz Cuaron, the psychologist for the Mexican Dept of Justice. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper to Herschel Williams (presumably the Medal of Honor winner) with the comment "With memories of the days when one had faith in the struggle for liberty" and signed Don and dated in 1960 in Mexico City. Sources and Notes, index. xvii, 236 pp.

$29.50

THE VOICE OF THE PAST: Oral History.
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THE VOICE OF THE PAST: Oral History.

By Thompson, Paul.

New York:: Oxford University Press,, (1989). Very good (usual toning to the pages). . Trade paperback. A fully revised edition of his pioneering work on oral history - a work which challenged the accepted myths of historical scholarship and emphasized the importance of the voices of the ordinary people. Includes a new chapter present on memory and the self, more on historical interpretation and practical advice and more. Prefaces to both the first edition and second editions, model questions, index, ix, 314 pp.

$12.00

THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE OF THE BRITISH MONARCHY, 1968 - 1952.
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THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE OF THE BRITISH MONARCHY, 1968 - 1952.

By Hardie, Frank.

New York:: Harper & Row,, (1970). Very good in very good dust jacket (some bleeding from the boards to the back cover of the dj). First US printing. Focuses on the reigns of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. A title in the History of Europe series under the editorship of J. H. Plumb. Bibliography, references, index. 224 pp.

$19.50

THE WORLD IS FLAT: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.
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THE WORLD IS FLAT: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

By Friedman. Thomas L.

New York:: Farrar, Straus & Giroux,, (2005). Fine in fine dust jacket.. First printing. A " concise history of globalization, discussing a wide range of topics, from the 9/11 attacks to the growth of the middle class in both China and India" by this Pulitzer prize winning author. Index. viii, 488 pp.

$24.50

THE CHAOS OF EMPIRE: The British Raj and the Conquest of India.
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THE CHAOS OF EMPIRE: The British Raj and the Conquest of India.

By Wilson, Jon.

New York:: Public Affairs / Perseus Books,, (2016). Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.. Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. ) A "dramatic revisionist history, [which] upends the carefully sanitized image of unity, order, and success to reveal an empire rooted far more in violence than in virtue, far more in chaos than in control. . . the Raj's institutions-from law courts to railway lines-were designed to protect British power without benefiting the people they ruled. This self-serving and careless governance resulted in an impoverished people and a stifled society, not a glorious Indian empire." Notes, bibliography. 549 pp.

$25.00

J'ACCUSE! The Men Who Betrayed France.
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J'ACCUSE! The Men Who Betrayed France.

By Simone, Andre.

New York:: Dial Press,, 1940.. Very good in beige cloth with red lettering (bookplate, prev owner's name stamped, no dust jacket). First American edition. A book written in anger, during a time of defeat and betrayal for France - but a book which puts the blame not just on the Germans, but on the politicians, the military and the wealthy families who ruled France but who were corrupt and complicit in the Nazis rise. Introduction by Carleton Beals. 304 pp.

$18.50

ISLAM: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith.
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ISLAM: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith.

By Gregorian, Vartan.

Washington, D.C.:: Brookings Institution Press,, (2003). Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). First printing. An important book for our time - a "succinct, powerful survey of Islam, [which] focuses on Muslim diversity and division, portraying the faith and its people as a mosaic, not a monolith. The book begins with an accessible overview of Islam's tenets, institutions, evolution, and historical role. Gregorian traces its origins and fundamental principles, from Muhammad's call to faith nearly 1,400 years ago to the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, and the subsequent abolition of the Caliphate. He focuses particular attention on the intense struggle between modernists and traditionalists, interaction between religion and nationalism, and key developments that have caused bitter divisions among Muslim nations and states: the partitions of Palestine, the break up and Islamization of Pakistan, the 1978 revolution in Iran, and the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Today Islamist views range across the entire spectra of religious and political thought, and Islamism is anything but a unified movement." Notes, index. xi, 164 pp.

$28.50

CHRISTIANITY AND PAGANISM IN THE FOURTH TO EIGHTH CENTURIES.
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CHRISTIANITY AND PAGANISM IN THE FOURTH TO EIGHTH CENTURIES.

By MacMullen, Ramsay.

New Haven, CT: : Yale University Press,, (1997). Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.). First printing. A book which reassesses the transition from paganism to Christianity - "many pagan practices persisted in the Christian church for hundreds of years after Constantine proclaimed Christianity the one official religion of Rome. . .[Macmullen] shows that the two religious systems were both vital during an interactive period that lasted far longer than historians have previously believed. . .; he demonstrates that pagan beliefs were not eclipse or displaced by Christianity but persisted or were transformed." Extensive notes, bibliography, index. vi, 282 pp.

$21.50

SOVIET LAND: The Country, Its People and Their Work.
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SOVIET LAND: The Country, Its People and Their Work.

By Gray, G. D. B.

London:: Adam and Charles Black, , 1947.. Very good in a good dust jacket (previous owner's name on front endpapers, dj is price-clipped, has several short tears).. First edition. A "comprehensive, non-political account of the land and its people" Illustrate with eighty-five photographs and 141 maps, diagrams and drawings. Index. 324 pp. Map on rear endpapers.

$18.50

THE CONQUEST OF FAMINE.
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THE CONQUEST OF FAMINE.

By Aykroyd, W R.

London:: Chatto & Windus,, 1974.. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.. First printing. A look at major famines over the years - in China, India, Ireland, and Russia - and of attempts to prevent them, including the Indian Famine Code of 1887 and more recently the role of the United Nations - but even as it acknowledges the activities of the rulers of India in pre-colonial days to ameliorate conditions when drought caused a shortage of food, it downplays the role of British colonialism in ignoring the plight of the people and in putting in place policies that caused massive death tolls. Photographs, references, index. vii, 216 pp.

$21.00

THE FUTURE OF PEACE: On the Front Lines with the World's Great Peacemakers
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THE FUTURE OF PEACE: On the Front Lines with the World's Great Peacemakers

By Hunt, Scott A.

San Francisco:: HarperSanFrancisco,, (2002). Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.) Promotional postcard laid in. . First printing. In this journey around the globe, we encounter true heroes including the Dalai Lama; Jane Goodall; the famed dissident of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi; and Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, who share their historic struggles and show us how to find optimism in the face of anguish, and compassion in the place of animosity. Despite the optimism expressed by these leaders, peace seems ever more elusive in the modern world. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Foreword by Ela Gandhi. Notes, index. xiii, 368 pp.

$34.50

THE FUTURE OF PEACE: On the Front Lines with the World's Great Peacemakers
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THE FUTURE OF PEACE: On the Front Lines with the World's Great Peacemakers

By Hunt, Scott A.; Foreword by Ela Gandhi.

San Francisco:: HarperSanFrancisco,, (2002). Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.) . First printing. In this journey around the globe, we encounter true heroes including the Dalai Lama; Jane Goodall; the famed dissident of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi; and Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, who share their historic struggles and show us how to find optimism in the face of anguish, and compassion in the place of animosity. Despite the optimism expressed by these leaders, peace seems ever more elusive in the modern world. Foreword by Ela Gandhi. Notes, index. xiii, 368 pp.

$21.50

SALT: A World History.
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SALT: A World History.

By Kurlansky, Mark.

New York:: Walker,, (2002). Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped). First printing. "The story of salt encompasses fields as disparate as engineering, religion, and food, all of which Kurlansky richly explores. Few endeavors have inspired more ingenuity than salt making, from the natural gas furnaces of ancient China to the drilling techniques that led to the age of petroleum, and salt revenues have funded some of the greatest public works in history, including the Erie Canal and the Great Wall of China. Salt's ability to sutain and preserve life has made it a metaphorical symbol in all religions. Just as significantly, salt has shaped the history of foods like cheese, sauerkraut, olives and more, and Kurlansky conveys, in his saga and through forty historic recipes, how they have in turn molded civilization and eating habits the world over." Bibliography, index. xii, 486 pp.

$29.50

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