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book image A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962
Savage War of Peace
Alistair Horne
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Not only essential reading for anyone who wishes to investigate this dark stretch of history, but a lasting monument of the historian's art.

book image The Jeffersonian Transformation: Passages from the "History"
Jeffersonian Transformation
Henry Adams
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The ideal introduction and companion to Adams's "massive and magisterial" history of the administrations of Jefferson and Madison, presenting an indelible picture of America's startling rise to world power.
Contributors: Garry Wills

book image The Age of Conversation
Age of Conversation
Benedetta Craveri
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An award-winning look at French salons and the women who presided over them.
Contributors: Teresa Waugh

book image Moura: The Dangerous Life of the Baroness Budberg
Nina Berberova
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In this legendary biography, an unusual labor of love, Berberova paints a portrait of the ultimate survivor, a woman who made her life a triumph of fiction.
Contributors: Marian Schwartz, Richard D. Sylvester

book image The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership
Crisis of the Negro Intellectual
Harold W. Cruse
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A landmark work of African-American thought written in a period of immense social ferment.
Contributors: Stanley Crouch

book image The Thirty Years War
Thirty Years War
C.V. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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