History

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    The Kennedy Brothers
    The Rise and Fall of Jack and Bobby
    By Richard D. Mahoney
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Books about the Kennedys are legion. Yet missing until now has been the exploration of the bond between Jack and Bobby, and the part that it played in their rise and fall. Eight years apart in age, they were wildly different in temperament and sensibility. Jack was the born leader—charismatic, ironic,... [READ MORE]
    The Hitler Virus
    The Insidious Legacy of Adolph Hitler
    By Peter Wyden
    (Arcade Publishing)
    More than a half-century after Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a Berlin bunker, the dictator’s legacy and influence lives on, precisely as he predicted before putting the gun to his head. In the spring of 1945, as it became increasingly clear that the Nazi cause was lost, Hitler dictated his final... [READ MORE]
    Hitler's Last Secretary
    A Firsthand Account of Life with Hitler
    By Traudl Junge, Edited by Melissa Muller
    (Arcade Publishing)
    In 1942 Germany, Traudl Junge was a young woman with dreams of becoming a ballerina when she was offered the chance of a lifetime. At the age of twenty-two she became private secretary to Adolf Hitler and served him for two and a half years, right up to the bitter end. Junge observed the intimate workings... [READ MORE]
    The Substance of Civilization
    Materials and Human History from the Stone Age to the Age of Silicon
    By Stephen L. Sass
    (Arcade Publishing)
    The story of human civilization can be read most deeply in the materials we have found or created, used or abused. They have dictated how we build, eat, communicate, wage war, create art, travel, and worship. Some, such as stone, iron, and bronze, lend their names to the ages. Others, such as gold, silver,... [READ MORE]
    Nehru
    The Invention of India
    By Shashi Tharoor
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Shashi Tharoor delivers an incisive biography of the great secularist who—alongside his spiritual father, Mahatma Gandhi—led the movement for India’s independence from British rule and ushered his newly independent country into the modern world. The man who would one day help topple British rule and... [READ MORE]
    They Shall Not Have Me
    The Capture, Forced Labor, and Escape of a French Prisoner in World War II
    By Jean Helion, Introduction by Deborah Rosenthal, Afterword by Jacqueline Helion
    (Arcade Publishing)
    The French painter Jean Hélion’s unique and deeply moving account of his experiences in Nazi prisoner-of-war camps prefigures the even darker stories that would emerge from the concentration camps. This serious adventure tale begins with Hélion’s infantry platoon fleeing from the German army and warplanes... [READ MORE]
    The Dance of Time
    The Origins of the Calendar
    By Michael Judge
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Did you know that the ancient Romans left sixty days of winter out of their calendar, considering these two months a dead time of lurking terror and therefore better left unnamed? That they had a horror of even numbers, hence the tendency for months with an odd number of days? That robed and bearded... [READ MORE]
    The Hinge Factor
    How Chance and Stupidity Have Changed History
    By Erik Durschmied
    (Arcade Publishing)
    From the wooden horse at Troy to a harrowing photograph snapped in Vietnam, from Robert E. Lee’s lost battle plans to the evacuation of Dunkirk, world history has been shaped as much by chance and error as by courage and heroism. Time and again, invincible armies fall to weaker opponents in the face... [READ MORE]
    The Holy Place
    Saunière and the Decoding of the Mystery of Rennes-le-Château
    By Henry Lincoln
    (Arcade Publishing)
    From the coauthor of Holy Blood, Holy Grail—a basis for The Da Vinci Code—comes a deeper exploration of the secrets of Rennes-le-Château. In 1982, Henry Lincoln, along with colleagues Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, published Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which became an immediate international bestseller.... [READ MORE]
    Dragon Ascending
    Vietnam and the Vietnamese
    By Henry Kamn
    (Arcade Publishing)
    A firsthand report on contemporary Vietnam presents a portrait of a nation that is struggling under the hold of Communism and places the Vietnam war in the perspective of a four-thousand-year-old history.... [READ MORE]
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