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book image The Thirty Years War
Thirty Years War
C.V. Wedgwood
Wedgwood
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The only comprehensive account of the war in English, C.V. Wedgwood's magisterial book is a triumph of literary history that brings to life the war's campaigns, battles, and negotiations, as well as its terrible human toll.
Contributors: Anthony Grafton

book image War and the Iliad
War and the Iliad
Simone Weil, Rachel Bespaloff
Bespaloff
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These essays do more than prove the permanent relevance of Homer's great poem. They analyze the logic of war itself, and explore how intoxicating violence defines the human condition.
Contributors: Christopher Benfey , Hermann Broch , Mary McCarthy

book image From Heaven to Arcadia: The Sacred and the Profane in the Renaissance
From Heaven to Arcadia
Ingrid D. Rowland
Rowland
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In these essays, most of them originally published in The New York Review of Books, Ingrid Rowland explores topics in the art and culture of Renaissance Italy.

book image The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved
Bog People
P.V. Glob
Glob
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Conceived as a kind of a detective story, this classic of archaeological history—out of print for over thirty years—is a fascinating account of the religion, culture, and daily life of the Iron Age in Europe.
Contributors: Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Paul T. Barber , Rupert Bruce-Mitford

book image The Moro Affair
Moro Affair
Leonardo Sciascia
Sciascia
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The Moro Affair presents a chilling picture of how a secretive government and a ruthless terrorist faction help to keep each other in business.
Contributors: Peter Robb , Sacha Rabinovitch

book image Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties
Part of Our Time
Murray Kempton
Kempton
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Through brilliant portraits of real persons who created the myths and realities of the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Murray Kempton brings that turbulent decade to life.
Contributors: David Remnick

book image Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West
Sacagawea's Nickname
Larry McMurtry
McMurtry
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In this acclaimed collection, Larry McMurtry profiles explorers and martyrs, hucksters and scholars—figures in the West's enduring yet ever-shifting mixture of myth and reality.

book image Paris and Elsewhere
Paris and Elsewhere
Richard Cobb
Cobb
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Collecting memoirs, portraits of favorite haunts, appreciations of Simenon and Queneau, René Clair and Brassaï, and including the famous polemic "The Assassination of Paris," Paris and Elsewhere shows us a France unglimpsed by tourists.

book image American Humor: A Study of the National Character
American Humor
Constance Rourke
Rourke
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Constance Rourke's pioneering "study of the national character" examines such legendary figures as the Yankee, the backwoodsman, and the minstrel singer to show how the popular comic imagination contributed to America's changing self-awareness.
Contributors: Greil Marcus

book image Looking Back: Heroes, Rascals, and Other Icons of the American Imagination
Looking Back
Russell Baker
Baker
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.