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Unruly Places
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Unruly Places

By Bonnett Alastair

"The real-life answers to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, Unruly Places explores the most extraordinary, off-grid, offbeat places on the planet. Alastair Bonnett's tour of the planet's most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man's lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travelers. He connects what we see on maps to what's happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, multiple cities sharing the same space. Consider Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork city of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where crossing the street can involve traversing national borders. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012 despite the fact it never existed. Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. "--

$16.00

The Fatal Shore
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The Fatal Shore

By Robert Hughes

1986. Hardcover. Very Good. Dust jacket shows its age. A riveting, brilliantly written account of the birth of Australia out of the suffering and brutality of England's infamous convict transportation system. The epic story of a jail that became a flourishing nation, by the author of The Shock of the New. 16 pages of halftones.

$8.00

Balkan Ghosts
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Balkan Ghosts

By Robert D. Kaplan

1994. Paperback. Like New. Paperback shows signs of reading. Assination that set off World War I to the ethnic warfare sweeping Bosnia and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the 20th century--the place where terrorism and genocide were first practiced as tools of policy. This enthralling political travelogue helps us understand that region's anguish. 16 pages of photos.

$8.00

Ancient Inventions
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Ancient Inventions

By Peter James; Nick Thorpe

1994. Hardcover. Like New. Dust jacket shows some signs of minor wear. Team engines to Roman fire engines . . . Aztec chewing gum to Etruscan false teeth . . . earthquake detectors in China to electric batteries in Iraq . . . stone-age brain surgery to middle-age hand grenades . . . here's a lively and fascinating look at the genuine wonders of the past.

$15.00

The New Russians
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The New Russians

By Hedrick Smith

1990. Hardcover. Like New. Dust jacket shows signs of age and wear. Even from afar, the transformation in the Soviet Union held a special fascination for all of us, and not only because it affected our destiny, our survival, even the changing nature of our own society. What happened there riveted our interest for a deeper reason: It was a modern enactment of one of the archetypal stories of human existence, that of the struggle from darkness to light, from poverty toward prosperity, from dictatorship toward democracy. It represented an affirmation of the relentless human struggle to break free from the bonds of hierarchy and dogma, to strive for a better life, for stronger, richer values. It was an affirmation of the human capacity for change, growth, renewal.

$8.00

Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century
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Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century

By Martin Gilbert

1998. Paperback. Good. Major wear from reading. From one of the world's most revered historians, the first major history of contemporary Jerusalem 'Gilbert is a first-rate storyteller.' —The Wall Street Journal 'Fascinating and admirably readable . . . unmatched for sheer breadth of acutely observed historical detail.' —Christopher Walker, The Times (London 'Most noteworthy for its richness of letters, journals and anecdotes . . . the major events of this century come alive in eyewitness accounts.' —The New York Times Book Revie 'Extraordinarily vivid glimpses of Jerusalem life.' —Atlanta Journal Constitution

$10.00

The Arab Uprisings
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The Arab Uprisings

By James L. Gelvin

2012. New.

$10.00

Catherine The Great By Henri Troyat 1980
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Catherine The Great By Henri Troyat 1980

By Henri Troyat

1980. Hardcover. Very Good.

$10.00

Standing With Israel
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Standing With Israel

By David Brog

2006. Hardcover with Dustcover. Like New. Based on theological and historical research, Brog makes persuasive appeals to Christians to embrace Israel and to Jews to overcome their fears of Christian Zionists.

$10.00

Ritual Of Royalty
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Ritual Of Royalty

By Michele Brown

1983. Paperback. Like New.

$30.00

The Great Duke
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The Great Duke

By Arthur Bryant

1971. Hardcover. Good.

$20.00

The Murder Of Napoleon
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The Murder Of Napoleon

By Ben Weider; David Hapgood

1986. Hardcover. Like New. Argues that Napoleon was the victim of arsenic poisoning and speculates about who was his murderer

$12.00

Sinai And The Red Sea (New Millennium Collection: North Africa)
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$15.00

An Iron Wind
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An Iron Wind

By Fritzsche Peter

Hardcover with Dustcover. New. Unlike World War I, when the horrors of battle were largely confined to the front, World War II reached into the lives of ordinary people in an unprecedented way. Entire countries were occupied, millions were mobilized for the war effort, and in the end, the vast majority of the war's dead were non-combatant men, women, and children. Inhabitants of German-occupied Europe--the war's deadliest killing ground--experienced forced labor, deportation, mass executions, and genocide. As direct targets of and witnesses to violence, rather than far-off bystanders, civilians were forced to face the war head on. Drawing on a wealth of diaries, letters, fiction, and other first-person accounts, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche redefines our understanding of the civilian experience of war across the vast territory occupied and threatened by Nazi Germany. Amid accumulating horrors, ordinary people across Europe grappled with questions of faith and meaning, often reaching troubling conclusions. World War II exceeded the human capacity for understanding, and those men and women who lived through it suspected that language could not adequately register the horrors they saw and experienced. But it nevertheless prompted an outpouring of writing, as people labored to comprehend and piece thoughts into philosophy. Their broken words are all we have to reconstruct how contemporaries saw the war around them, how they failed to see its terrible violence in full, and how they attempted to translate the destruction into narratives. Carefully reading these testimonies as no historian has done before, Fritzsche's groundbreaking work sheds new light on the most violent conflict in human history, when war made words inadequate, and the inadequacy of words heightened the devastation of war--

$14.00

Churchill's Empire
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Churchill's Empire

By Richard Toye

2010. Hardcover. New. The imperial aspect of Churchill's career tends to be airbrushed out, while the battles against Nazism are heavily foregroundedA charmer and a bully, Winston Churchill was driven by a belief that the English were a superior race, whose goals went beyond individual interests to offer an enduring good to the entire world. No better example exists than Churchill's resolve to stand alone against a more powerful Hitler in 1940 while the world's democracies fell to their knees. But there is also the Churchill who frequently inveighed against human rights, nationalism, and constitutional progress—the imperialist who could celebrate racism and believed India was unsuited to democracy. Drawing on newly released documents and an uncanny ability to separate the facts from the overblown reputation (by mid-career Churchill had become a global brand), Richard Toye provides the first comprehensive analysis of Churchill's relationship with the empire.Instead of locating Churchill's position on a simple left/right spectrum, Toye demonstrates how the statesman evolved and challenges the reader to understand his need to reconcile the demands of conscience with those of political conformity.

$20.00