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Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru…

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There is no better time than now to consider the labor history of the Golden State. While other states face declining union enrollment rates and the rollback of workers’ rights, California unions are embracing working immigrants, and voters are protecting core worker rights. What’s the difference? California has held an exceptional place in the imagination…

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From “America’s nerviest journalist” (Newsweek)–a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. “Tom Wolfe at his very best” (The New York Times Book Review) Millions of words have poured forth about man’s trip to the moon, but until now few…

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Traces the story of the influential 1960s Manhattan nightspot and mobster hangout, detailing how the club’s introduction of rock-and-roll music attracted rebel youths and celebrity patrons in an account that also shares colorful stories from the club’s history. Co-written by the award-winning co-author of Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. 30,000 first printing.

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In “Why England Slept,” at the book’s core, John F. Kennedy asks: Why was England so poorly prepared for the war? He provides a comprehensive analysis of the tremendous miscalculations of the British leadership when it came to dealing with Germany and leads readers into considering other questions: Was the poor state of the British…

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One of the great secrets of the Cold War, hidden for decades, is revealed at last. Early in 1968 a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence, assembled here for the first time, strongly suggests that the sub, K-129,…

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In urban studies, the nineteenth century is the “age of great cities.” In feminist studies, it is the era of the separate domestic sphere. But what of the city’s homes? In the course of answering this question, Apartment Stories provides a singular and radically new framework for understanding the urban and the domestic. Turning to…