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Nathan's Famous by William Handwerker

Nathan's Famous

William Handwerker

"Nathan's Famous: The First 100 Years of America's Favorite Frankfurter Company" chronicles the history and business strategies of company founder Nathan Handwerker that led to the success of an iconic international brand and two of America's most loved...

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Paradise lost by John Milton

Paradise lost

John Milton

Milton's epic poem about the Creation and the Fall, complete with notes discussing his use of language and blank verse.

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Click here to order by Joel Comm

Click here to order

Joel Comm

While the general public is familiar with the larger Internet companies such as Yahoo!, Google, eBay and Amazon, very few are aware that small business is thriving online like never before, especially in the realm of information products. Click Here creates...

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Chapel Street by Sheila Brady

Chapel Street

Sheila Brady

The story of 161 men from Chapel Street, Altrincham, who enlisted to fight in the First World War.

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Glam rock by Simon Philo

Glam rock

Simon Philo

Glam Rock investigates the origins, development and impact of an under-valued and misunderstood musical genre. Exploring artistic, political, psychological, sexual, and commercial contexts, this book develops the transatlantic cultural history of this...

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The story behind by Emily Prokop

The story behind

Emily Prokop

Learn fascinating history and trivia you never knew about things we use on a daily basis from the host of highly popular THE STORY BEHIND podcast.

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Empress of the East by Leslie P. Peirce

Empress of the East

Leslie P. Peirce

Abducted by slave traders from her home in Ruthenia - modern-day Ukraine - around 1515, Roxelana was brought to Istanbul and trained in the palace harem as a concubine for Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire and one of the world's...

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Torn from the world  by John Gibler

Torn from the world

John Gibler

"Andrés Tzompaxtle Tecpile was torn from the world. Abducted off the street, blindfolded and beaten, he was brought to a Mexican military facility and "disappeared." Tzompaxtle, a young indigenous man and member of an insurgent guerrilla movement, wa...

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Oyster by Drew Smith


Drew Smith

Drew Smith s "Oyster: A gastronomic history" offers readers a global view of the oyster, tracing its role in cooking, art, literature, and politics from the dawn of time to the present day. Oysters have inspired chefs, painters, and writers alike, ha...

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Dead distillers by Colin Spoelman

Dead distillers

Colin Spoelman

"Founders and award-winning distillers of Kings County Distillery Colin Spoelman and David Haskell follow up their successful Guide to Urban Moonshining with an extensive history of the figures who distilled American spirits. The book presents 50...

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1918  by Richard Van Emden


Richard Van Emden

"1918: The Fight for Victory. The Decisive Year in Soldiers' Own Words and Photographs is the next volume in the remarkable series of books from the best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Revisiting the winning formula of diaries a...

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The restless kings  by Nick Barratt

The restless kings

Nick Barratt

Presents the tumultuous struggle for supremacy between the first Plantagenet king, Henry II, and his four sons - a drama that tore apart the most powerful family in western Europe and shaped the future of two nations. Although the key events took place...

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Awatere  by Harry Broad


Harry Broad

The Awatere is the Marlborough river and valley south of Blenheim. It runs from Molesworth Station in the high country all the way to the sea below the township of Seddon, overlooked by Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku, the highest peak in the Inland Kaikoura Range....

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Feuding Fan Dancers by Leslie Harter. Zemeckis

Feuding Fan Dancers

Leslie Harter. Zemeckis

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The history of gangster rap by Soren Baker

The history of gangster rap

Soren Baker

The History of Gangster Rap is a deep dive into one of the most fascinating subgenres of any music category to date. Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that c...

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Your daughters of freedom by Clare Alice Wright

Your daughters of freedom

Clare Alice Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of that victory - and of Australia's...

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Everything for everyone by Nathan Schneider

Everything for everyone

Nathan Schneider

The origins of the next radical economy is rooted in a tradition that has empowered people for centuries and is now making a comeback.A new feudalism is on the rise. While monopolistic corporations feed their spoils to the rich, more and more of us a...

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Woman at the Devil's Door by Sarah Beth Hopton

Woman at the Devil's Door

Sarah Beth Hopton

On October 24, 1890, a woman's mutilated and lifeless body was discovered on a pile of rubbish in Hampstead, North London. Her arms were lacerated, her face crushed and bloodied, and her head almost completely severed from her body. A mile away a blo...

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Girl squads by Sam Maggs

Girl squads

Sam Maggs

A fun and feisty tour of famous girl BFFs from history who stuck together and changed the world. A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious...

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True tales of Great Barrier Island 2016

True tales of Great Barrier Island 2016

"There are more true stories and tales about Great Barrier Island that it is possible to publish in two volumes. This is the third in the series, another compilation of 100 stories and all up to 1500 words. If you enjoyed, all the stories in the first...

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Vietnam  by Max Hastings


Max Hastings

"Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of...

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The colour of time  by Dan Jones

The colour of time

Dan Jones

"The Colour of Time spans more than a hundred years of world history from the reign of Queen Victoria and the US Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and beginning of the Space Age. It charts the rise and fall of empires, the achievements of science,...

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Bravo Kiwi  by Craig Wilson

Bravo Kiwi

Craig Wilson

"Major Craig Wilson is a decorated former SAS member, and has been in more combat zones than any other Kiwi soldier. He was the commanding officer of Bravo Company, which lost 2 soldiers when they went to the aid Afghan police at Baghek in August 2012....

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Give your heart to the hawks by Winfred Blevins

Give your heart to the hawks

Winfred Blevins

"For more than thirty years, mountain men explored the Great American West, opening the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers that followed. Win Blevins' poetic tribute to their incredible adventures includes, among many, the stories...

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The field of blood  by Joanne B. Freeman

The field of blood

Joanne B. Freeman

The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War. In The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of...

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Victorian Cornwall  by Malcolm McCarthy

Victorian Cornwall

Malcolm McCarthy

"Victorian Cornwall: A Look at Cornwall Through the Eyes of our Forefathers is a tour around the county from the north coast on the Devon boarder to Land’s End, out to the Scillies and back up the south coast with a few inland villages interspersed. ...

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To Obama  by Jeanne Marie Laskas

To Obama

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. In "To Obama", Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White...

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Operation Linebacker II 1972  by Marshall L. Michel

Operation Linebacker II 1972

Marshall L. Michel

"After the failed April 1972 invasion of South Vietnam and the heavy US tactical bombing raids in the Hanoi area, the North Vietnamese agreed to return to the Paris peace talks, yet very quickly these negotiations stalled. In an attempt to end the war...

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Domina  by Guy De la Bédoyère


Guy De la Bédoyère

"Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero—these are the names history associates with the early Roman Empire. Yet, not a single one of these emperors was the blood son of his predecessor. In this captivating history, a prominent scholar of the...

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They fought alone  by Charles Glass

They fought alone

Charles Glass

"After the defeat of the French Army and Britain's retreat from the Continent in June 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill created the [Special Operations Executive (SOE)] to 'set Europe ablaze.' The agents infiltrated Nazi-occupied territory, para...

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Contempt  by Kenneth Starr


Kenneth Starr

"Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr finally shares his definitive account of one of the most divisive periods in American history. You could fill a library with books about the scandals...

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Aero by Thomas O'Brien


Thomas O'Brien

Aero' celebrates 20 years of the famed Aero design studio with an intimate look at its founder Thomas O'Brien's design philosophy. From O'Brien's vivid reminiscences about his early days in art school in Manhattan to the opening and development of his...

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Brit noir by Barry Forshaw

Brit noir

Barry Forshaw

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The Penguin anthology of classical Arabic literature

The Penguin anthology of classical Arabic literature

"Spanning the fifth century to the sixteenth, and ranging from Afghanistan to Spain, this unique collection provides a profound insight into the sheer vitality and depth of Classical Arabic literature. From the earliest surviving fragments of The Thousand...

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Star Wars by Daniel Wallace

Star Wars

Daniel Wallace

"The myriad mechanical marvels known as droids are an indispensible part of what keeps the Star Wars galaxy humming. The varieties and classes of droids are nearly as infinite as their designated specialties. In this updated and expanded nuts-and-bolts...

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These Truths by Jill Lepore

These Truths

Jill Lepore

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy...

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Killing the SS by Bill O'Reilly

Killing the SS

Bill O'Reilly

"Confronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-bestselling Killing series. As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the...

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Talking to North Korea  by Glyn Ford

Talking to North Korea

Glyn Ford

"Despite recents attempts at 'negotiation', the attitudes of both Kim Jong-un's regime and the West seem unchanged. North Korea is still shrouded in mystery, and there are no clear plans for the future... Can we trust either side to bring about peace?...

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The spy and the traitor by Ben MacIntyre

The spy and the traitor

Ben MacIntyre

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the...

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The month of their ripening by Georgann Eubanks

The month of their ripening

Georgann Eubanks

"Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state. She begins in January with the most ephemeral of southern ingredients--snow--to examine the impulse among Tar Heels to make ice cream in the midst of winter in the mountains. In...

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Boko Haram by Brandon Kendhammer

Boko Haram

Brandon Kendhammer

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Histories of the unexpected by Sam Willis

Histories of the unexpected

Sam Willis

'History as you've never seen it before.' Dan Snow. In this fascinating and original new book, Sam Willis and James Daybell lead us on a journey of discovery that tackles some of the greatest historical themes - from the Tudors to the Second World War,...

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Leadership in turbulent times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Leadership in turbulent times

Doris Kearns Goodwin

"Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the four presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - in this illuminating exploration of the em...

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The phoney victory  by Peter Hitchens

The phoney victory

Peter Hitchens

"Was World War II really the `Good War'? In the years since the declaration of peace in 1945 many myths have sprung up around the conflict in the victorious nations. In this book, Peter Hitchens deconstructs the many fables which have become associated...

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The Penguin book of outer space exploration

The Penguin book of outer space exploration

The fascinating story of how NASA sent humans to explore outer space, told through a treasure trove of historical documents--publishing in celebration of NASA's 60th anniversary and with a foreword by Bill NyeAmong all the technological accomplishments...

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Shakespeare and the Resistance by Clare Asquith

Shakespeare and the Resistance

Clare Asquith

Shakespeare's largely misunderstood narrative poems contain within them an explosive commentary on the political storms convulsing his country The 1590s were bleak years for England. The queen was old, the succession unclear, and the treasury empty a...

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Trail of hope by Norman Davies

Trail of hope

Norman Davies

Following the conquest of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, hundreds of thousands of Polish families were torn from their homes and sent eastwards to the arctic wastes of Siberia. Prisoners of war, refugees, those regarded as "soci...

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To the limit by Tom A. Johnson

To the limit

Tom A. Johnson

From June 1967 to June 1968, Tom Johnson accumulated an astonishing 1,600 flying hours piloting the UH-1 "Iroquois"-better known as the "Huey"-as part of the famous First Air Cavalry Division. His battalion was one of the most decorated units of the ...

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Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Periodic Tales

Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, read by John Sackville. Everything in the universe is made of them, including you. Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories...

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Good and mad by Rebecca Traister

Good and mad

Rebecca Traister

"In a year when issues of gender and sexuality dominated the national conversation, no one shaped that exchange more than Rebecca Traister. Her wise and provocative columns helped make sense of a cultural transformation."--NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARD CIT...

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For colored girls who have considered politics by Donna Brazile

For colored girls who have considered politics

Donna Brazile

The four most powerful African American women in politics share the story of their friendship and how it has changed politics in America.The lives of black women in American politics are remarkably absent from the shelves of bookstores and libraries....

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The legacy of Anne Frank  by Gillian Walnes Perry

The legacy of Anne Frank

Gillian Walnes Perry

"From her secret hiding place in wartime Amsterdam, the Jewish teenager Anne Frank wrote heart-wrenchingly about the terrors of a captivity that would ultimately end with her death at the hands of the Nazis. In her world-famous diaries, she described...

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Trump must go  by Bill Press

Trump must go

Bill Press

"Americans increasingly agree on one thing: Every day that Trump stays in office, he diminishes the United States and its people. In Trump Must Go, TV and radio host Bill Press offers 100 reasons why Trump needs to be removed from office, whether by....

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Desert sniper  by Ed Nash

Desert sniper

Ed Nash

"What makes an ordinary but highly educated Englishman, with no previous military training, decide to travel and fight in one of the most brutal conflicts on the planet? Desert Sniper is an extraordinary, true account of one man's journey from well-m...

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The Indian Empire at war  by George Morton-Jack

The Indian Empire at war

George Morton-Jack

"Almost two million volunteers served the Indian army in the Great War, always under British regimental officers, high commanders and staff. 150,000 of them were long-serving pre-war professional soldiers; most of the remainder were wartime recruits,...

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The history of England. Volume V, Dominion  by Peter Ackroyd

The history of England. Volume V, Dominion

Peter Ackroyd

"The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the last years of the Regency to the death of Queen ...

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Road to disaster  by Brian VanDeMark

Road to disaster

Brian VanDeMark

"The most thoughtful and judicious one-volume history of the war and the American political leaders who presided over the difficult and painful decisions that shaped this history. The book will stand for the foreseeable future as the best study of the...

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These truths  by Jill Lepore

These truths

Jill Lepore

"In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian ... Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American hist...

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The Imjin War  by Samuel Jay Hawley

The Imjin War

Samuel Jay Hawley

"In May of 1592, Japanese dictator Toyotomi Hideyoshi sent a 158,800-man army of invasion from Kyushu to Pusan on Korea’s southern tip. His objective: to conquer Korea, then China, and then the whole of Asia. The resulting seven years of fighting, known...

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A cruel captivity  by Ellie Taylor

A cruel captivity

Ellie Taylor

"A cruel captivity describes the ordeals of, and lasting impact on, survivors of Japanese captivity. Differing in a number of respects from other moving POW accounts, this book covers the experiences of 22 servicemen from the Army, Royal Navy, RAF an...

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Roosevelt and Churchill  by Al Cimino

Roosevelt and Churchill

Al Cimino

"Roosevelt and Churchill is the story of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill--a friendship that saved the world. 'Being with them was like sitting between two lions roaring at the same time.'--[Churchill's daughter] Mary Soames. As the world faced...

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God-sent by Roy Abraham. Varghese


Roy Abraham. Varghese

An overview of the major apparitions of Mary throughout the course of history.

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Thomas Crapper, corsets, and cruel Britannia by Peter Hepplewhite

Thomas Crapper, corsets, and cruel Britannia

Peter Hepplewhite

This book teaches young readers about the living during the Victorian era, including the opium-based drugs used to keep children calm and prison-like schools, will inspire thankfulness in today's readers!

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Bombs, bullets and bread by Michael Kemp

Bombs, bullets and bread

Michael Kemp

"During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, political violence swept across the globe, causing widespread alarm. Assassinations, bombings and assaults carried out by anarchists--both individuals and conspirators--were intended to incite revolution,...

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Adapted from the original

Adapted from the original

"This collection of new essays examines the various criteria by which degrees of greatness (or not-so) are constructed--whether by personal, political or social standards--through topics in cinema, literature and adaptation. The contributors recognize...

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Gus Dorais by Joe Niese

Gus Dorais

Joe Niese

"Charles "Gus" Dorais (1891-1954) is best known as the passing end of Notre Dame's "Dorais to Rockne" tandem that helped revolutionize football's forward pass in the early 1910s. A triple threat prep star from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Dorais was a ...

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Gory gladiators, savage centurions, and Caesar's sticky end by Kay Barnham

Gory gladiators, savage centurions, and Caesar's sticky end

Kay Barnham

This book offers a unique lens through which to examine a major historical period, introducing young readers to dreadful deaths and creative killings. Because the Roman Army was so large, they had to be very serious about punishing those who broke the...

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The forgotten pioneer by Anthea Ramsay

The forgotten pioneer

Anthea Ramsay

Anthea Ramsay was inspired to write her grandparents' story after being left their diaries, photographs and letters describing the what they endured in East Africa in the early 1900s. Her book records their experiences as early pioneers, followed by the...

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Loos, poos, and number twos by Peter Hepplewhite

Loos, poos, and number twos

Peter Hepplewhite

This book introduces young readers to the history of the toilet! From the sewage system of ancient Athens to the muckrakers of the Middle Ages, there's plenty to learn about history from discovering the "how" and "where" of the loos of many important...

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Gifts of the gods by Andrew Dalby

Gifts of the gods

Andrew Dalby

"What do we think about when we think of Greek food? For many, it is the meze and traditional plates of a typical Greek island taverna from summer holidays or from Greek restaurants at home. This book takes us into and beyond the taverna to offer us a...

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The Olympic Club of New Orleans by S. Derby Gisclair

The Olympic Club of New Orleans

S. Derby Gisclair

"Established in 1883, the Olympic Club catered to the booming immigrant population in New Orleans' Third Ward. By 1893, there were 1100 members engaging in a variety of pursuits from target shooting to billiards to boxing. By early 1896 the Olympic went...

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Power button by Rachel Plotnick

Power button

Rachel Plotnick

Push a button and turn on the television; tap a button and get a ride; click a button and "like" something. The touch of a finger can set an appliance, a car, or a system in motion, even if the user doesn't understand the underlying mechanisms or alg...

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Woke church by Eric (Eric M.) Mason

Woke church

Eric (Eric M.) Mason

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Freedom of Assembly

Freedom of Assembly

Modern examples and historical context are used to introduce middle school readers to the freedom of assembly. The main content includes landmark Supreme Court cases, information on the Civil Rights movement, and background on the Bill of Rights as a...

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Bad books by Amy S. Wyngaard

Bad books

Amy S. Wyngaard

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Original Jethro Tull by Gary R. Parker

Original Jethro Tull

Gary R. Parker

"Jethro Tull was one of the truly innovative rock bands to emerge from the late 1960s. Crafting a signature progressive rock sound that resisted easy categorization, they were often derided by critics as too British, too eccentric, too theatrical." Focusing...

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The Right to Petition

The Right to Petition

Readers learn what freedom of petition entails through the historical context of the Bill of Rights and cases brought before the Supreme Court. Historical images and full-color photographs complement the main content.

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The thirteenth century by Richard Bressler

The thirteenth century

Richard Bressler

"The 13th Century (1200-1300AD) was a fascinating era in World History--Genghis Khan, the Magna Carta, Marco Polo, Sub-Saharan Africa expansion. This world history chronicles the important events in this pivotal century, while exploring many of the r...

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Royals, rebels, and horrible headchoppers by Peter Hepplewhite

Royals, rebels, and horrible headchoppers

Peter Hepplewhite

This book teaches young readers about the places of rebellions, the plague, and even the use of leeches in the history of England.

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Pirates in history and popular culture

Pirates in history and popular culture

"This collection of new essays covers the myriad portrayals of the figure of the pirate in historical records, literary narratives, films, television series, opera, anime and games. Contributors explore the nuances of both real and fictional pirates,...

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A taste for the foreign by Ellen R. Welch

A taste for the foreign

Ellen R. Welch

A Taste for the Foreign examines foreignness as a crucial aesthetic category for the development of prose fiction from Jacques Amyot's 1547 translation of The Ethiopian Story to Antoine Galland's early eighteenth-century version of The Thousand and One...

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Banished, beheaded, or boiled in oil by Neil Tonge

Banished, beheaded, or boiled in oil

Neil Tonge

This book introduces young readers to the many places and periods, from ancient China to the Victorian era, to learn all about the terrible, gross, and strange ways crimes were punished in the past.

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How history gets things wrong by Alexander Rosenberg

How history gets things wrong

Alexander Rosenberg

Why we learn the wrong things from narrative history, and how our love for stories is hard-wired. To understand something, you need to know its history. Right? Wrong, says Alex Rosenberg in How History Gets Things Wrong . Feeling especially well-informed...

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How to live Japanese  by Yutaka Yazawa

How to live Japanese

Yutaka Yazawa

"The ultimate insider's guide to the country of Japan, full of inspiration and insight to help you experience the very best of Japanese design, cookery, philosophy, and culture. So get outdoors, be gracious to your neighbour and start harmonizing your...

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