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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Ferguson, Niall

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Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What's more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, ar...


Where Good Ideas Come From
Johnson, Steven

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The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery-these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the groundbreaking ideas that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Stev...


The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
Yergin, Daniel

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Hailed by The New York Times as "a book that must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history", Yergin's bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winner has been made into an exciting 8-part miniseries to air on PBS in January 1993. 32 pages of photos.


The Making of Asian America: A History
Lee, Erika

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In the last fifty years, Asian Americans have become the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, they also have deep roots in the country. An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, The Making of Asian America is a new and defin...


This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto
Mehta, Suketu

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A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrantsThere are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta att...


Figuring
Popova, Maria

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Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries - beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biolo...


Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring
Gergel, Richard

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How the blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard changed the course of America’s civil rights history.On February 12, 1946, Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a returning, decorated African American veteran, was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, after he challenged the bus driver’s disres...


All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
Traister, Rebecca

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Today, only around 20 percent of Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine are wed, compared to the nearly 60 percent in 1960. Traister set out to investigate this trend at the intersection of class, race, and sexual orientation, supplementing facts with vivid anecdotes from fascinat...


Age of Anger: A History of the Present
Mishra, Pankaj

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How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers...


Civilization: The West and the Rest
Ferguson, Niall

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Western civilization's rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth ce...


Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
Traister, Rebecca

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From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into ...


First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun
Harsanyi, David

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For America, the gun is a story of innovation, power, violence, character, and freedom.From the founding of the nation to the pioneering of the West, from the freeing of the slaves to the urbanization of the twentieth century, our country has had a complex and lasting relationship with firearms. ...


First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun
Harsanyi, David

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For America, the gun is a story of innovation, power, violence, character, and freedom.From the founding of the nation to the pioneering of the West, from the freeing of the slaves to the urbanization of the twentieth century, our country has had a complex and lasting relationship with firearms. ...


The Cave and the Light - Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
Herman, Arthur

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Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book back to the ancient Greeks and forward to the age of the Internet. The Cave and the Light is a magisterial account of how the two great...


To Marry an English Lord
MacColl, Gail

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From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles. Filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses, and a wealth of period details - plus photographs, illustrations, quotes, and the finer points of Victorian and Edwa...


The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
Edge, John T.

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A people’s history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity and how race relations impacted Southern food culture over six revolutionary decadesLike great provincial dishes around the world, potlikker is a salvage food. During the antebellum era, slave owners ate the greens ...


Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
Raden, Aja

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As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious.What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the cour...


Age of Anger: A History of the Present
Mishra, Pankaj

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One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisisHow can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationali...


The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America
Fraser, Rebecca

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The voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony is one of the seminal events in world history. But the poorly-equipped group of English Puritans who ventured across the Atlantic in the early autumn of 1620 had no sense they would pass into legend. They had eighty casks of butter a...


Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (A StoryCorps Book)
Isay, Dave

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StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Many of their stories have never been broadcast...


Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance
Whitaker, Mark

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Today black Pittsburgh is known as the setting for August Wilson’s famed plays about noble, but doomed, working-class citizens. But this community once had an impact on American history that rivaled the far larger black worlds of Harlem and Chicago. It published the most widely read black newspap...


River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
Solnit, Rebecca

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The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit’s new book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art and technology to create a boldly ...


Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Mohr, Tim

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It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The buzz-saw guitars, the messed-up clothing and hair, th...


The Story of the Jews
Schama, Simon

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In this magnificently illustrated cultural history - the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews - Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 t...


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