Korea The Impossible Country

South Korea's amazing rise from the ashes: The inside story of an economic, political, and cultural phenomenonLong overshadowed by Japan and China, South Korea is a small country...

The Mabinogion

Then they took the flowers of the oak, and the flowers of the broom, and the flowers of the meadowsweet, and from those they conjured up the fairest and most beautiful maiden that...

Gods, Wasps and Stranglers The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees

Over millions of years, fig trees have shaped our world, influenced our evolution, nourished our bodies and fed our imaginations. And as author and ecologist Mike Shanahan...

Medieval Maritime Warfare

Following the fall of Rome, the sea is increasingly the stage upon which the human struggle of western civilization is played out. In a world of few roads and great disorder, the...

The Lives of the Artists

These biographies of the great quattrocento artists have long been considered among the most important of contemporary sources on Italian Renaissance art. Vasari, who invented the...

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes The Ancient World Economy and the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia and Han China

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes investigates the trade routes between Rome and the powerful empires of inner Asia, including the Parthian regime which ruled ancient Persia...

Mayflower Lives Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience

Leading into the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, Martyn Whittock examines the lives of the "saints" (members of the Separatist puritan congregations) and...

Making the Arab World Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East

In 2013, just two years after the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected president—Mohamed Morsi of the...

The Kremlin Letters Stalin's Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

A penetrating account of the dynamics of World War II's Grand Alliance through the messages exchanged by the "Big Three"Stalin exchanged more than six hundred messages with Allied...

Packing My Library An Elegy and Ten Digressions

In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France's Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper West...

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