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book image Reveille in Washington: 1860–1865
Reveille in Washington
Margaret Leech
Leech
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This Pulitzer Prize–winning view of Washington during the Civil War forgoes the battlefield to focus on the daily life, political intrigues, and social currents of the young capital. Leech brings to life extravagant dinner parties, saloon backrooms, makeshift barracks, and White House halls. "Packed and running over with the anecdotes, scandals, personalities, and tragi-comedies of the day." —The New Yorker
Contributors: James M. McPherson

book image The Little Town Where Time Stood Still
Little Town Where Time Stood Still
Bohumil Hrabal
Hrabal
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A tale at once moving and hilarious about a rural Czechoslovakia town on the brink of a new age. “Hrabal is a most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humour and a hushed tenderness of detail.” —Julian Barnes
Contributors: Joshua Cohen , James Naughton

book image The Crisis of the European Mind: 1680–1715
Crisis of the European Mind
Paul Hazard
Hazard
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In this landmark of intellectual history, Paul Hazard looks at the period leading up the Enlightenment, years which saw the erosion of the classical values of respect for tradition, stability, and proportion, as well as a growing awareness of non-European cultures. Hazard captures the excitement of a revolution, the impact of which continues to be felt in our own time.
Contributors: Anthony Grafton , J. Lewis May

book image When The World Spoke French
When The World Spoke French
Marc Fumaroli
Fumaroli
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If you were a writer, thinker, or lover of la douceur de vivre (the sweetness of life) during the 17th century, you conversed and corresponded in French. Eminent scholar Fumaroli has here assembled an unparalleled collection of the most fascinating figures from the period and brought together their rarely seen writings originally penned in French. Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Howard translates.
Contributors: Richard Howard

book image Henri Duchemin and His Shadows
Henri Duchemin and His Shadows
Emmanuel Bove
Bove
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A perfect introduction to Emmanuel Bove, the twentieth-century French poet of the flophouse and the dive who, as Samuel Beckett remarked, possessed an unparalleled "instinct for the essential detail." Henri Duchemin and His Shadows brims with characters who call to mind Herman Melville’s Bartleby, Robert Walser’s “little men,” and Jean Rhys’s lost women.
Contributors: Donald Breckenridge , Alyson Waters

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.

book image Fighting for Life
Fighting for Life
S. Josephine Baker
Baker
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In 1918, Dr. S. Josephine Baker made the shocking assertion that front-line soldiers enjoyed better survival rates than infants born in NYC. And then she did something about it, developing hygiene programs that turned the city into one of the safest places to be born and in the process creating the discipline of preventive medicine. Here she recounts her many crusades, including her successful identification of Typhoid Mary and work as a suffragist.
Contributors: Helen Epstein

book image The Jeffersonian Transformation: Passages from the "History"
Jeffersonian Transformation
Henry Adams
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 Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists
Born Under Saturn
Margot and Rudolf Wittkower
Wittkower
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A rare art history classic that The New York Times calls a "delightful, scholarly and gossipy romp through the character and conduct of artists from antiquity to the French Revolution."
Contributors: Joseph Connors

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